Shutters and curtains are both fantastic window dressings, so it’s understandable that you’re stuck between the two. When choosing between shutters or curtains, it’s always best to weigh up the pros and cons before considering your personal preference.

In this blog, we are going to do the hard work for you and highlight the pros and cons of curtains and shutters.

The Pros Of Curtains

Curtains are a great window dressing for adding warmth to a room. During the winter months especially, curtains will give your home a cosy feel that you may not get from blinds or shutters. Similarly, you can change your curtains to give your home a seasonal look.

Curtains are also excellent for complementing your home décor. They are available in a range of materials, patterns, lengths, and colours, allowing you to transform the look of a room with the right pair of curtains. You can even have scatter cushion covers made in the same pattern as your curtains!

Another benefit of curtains is the price. Buying high-quality or bespoke curtains can be pricey but installing them is much cheaper than having blinds or shutters installed.

the pros of curtains

The Cons Of Curtains

Unfortunately, curtains are not without their cons. Unlike other window dressings, such as shutter and blinds, curtains can only be opened or closed. They cannot be adjusted to control the light or privacy levels. Similarly, they don’t block out noise or light pollution as well as shutters. Although they may insulate your home to an extent, curtains will not be as effective at blocking out draughts as shutters will.

Also, curtains are not very easy to clean, which can be frustrating considering they gather dust and hold onto odours. Due to their soft material, curtains are only ideal for certain rooms in the home, such as the lounge and bedroom. Although you may not want to put them in a child’s bedroom, sticky finger marks may not wipe off curtains!

The Pros Of Shutters

Shutters are an ideal window dressing for every room in the home, including the kitchen and bathroom. They always look beautiful and add a sleek and stylish touch to your home décor.

There is a wide range of shutter styles to choose from including full height shutters, tier on tier shutters, café style shutters, shaped shutters, solid panel shutters and blackout shutters. You can even get custom colour shutters to perfectly match your colour scheme.

Unlike curtains, shutters can be tailored to fit even the most unusual windows. Have you got a round window? No problem! Bespoke shaped shutters will add to the architectural beauty of your unusual window. Similarly, shutters are perfect for patio doors and conservatories or orangeries.

The majority of shutter styles can be adjusted to easily alter the privacy and light levels in your home.

the pros of shutters

Shutters are excellent at blocking out noise and light pollution. They will help keep your home cool during the summer months and insulate your home during the winter. With tailored shutters, you don’t have to worry about draughts getting in.

Better yet, shutters are easy to clean! They can simply be wiped down to remove dust and dirt marks. This makes them perfect for the kitchen, dining room and even children’s bedrooms.

Aside from adding a stylish and elegant look to your home, shutters will also increase the property value. They are a sturdy window dressing and are sure to last a long time in even the busiest of homes.

The Cons Of Shutters

There aren’t many downsides when choosing shutters. However, when compared to curtains, shutters are more expensive, especially if you’re going for high-quality bespoke shutters that are professionally installed.

Pairing Shutters And Curtains

Why choose between shutters or curtains when you can have both?!

Pairing shutters with curtains will add a luxurious touch to your home. Plus, you can enjoy the many benefits of shutters whilst enjoying the warmth and cosy-ness that curtains offer.

Perhaps choose a neutral shade of shutters that match any décor. They won’t need to be replaced for years and will always compliment the style of your home. Then add curtains in a bold colour or pattern to transform the look of your room.

Get In Touch

Here at Shuttertec, we supply beautiful bespoke shutters to Essex, London and Kent. If you are looking for shutters for your home, get in touch. You can contact us on 0800 023 5754 or email We are on the other end of the phone 6 days a week!

Or you can book an appointment online. We can discuss your shutter needs, measure your space, show you samples and answer any questions you may have.

We would love to hear from you. Alternatively, you can request our latest brochure here.