Shopping for shutters top tips

Things to consider when shopping for Shutters

Shutters, especially plantation shutters are a popular choice for home builders and renovators in 2019.

The range available for both the interior and exterior of your North Queensland home can be overwhelming and when you can buy them from so many different suppliers, how do you know you are choosing the right product and supplier?

When shopping for shutters there are several things to think about, understanding that you are paying for a product that will tolerate the harsh conditions of North Queensland is one of the most important considerations but you also need to make sure you are selecting the right style, finish and panel configuration.

Before shopping around online or visiting showrooms ask yourself the following questions:


Do I need exterior or interior shutters?

If I am shopping for exterior shutters which suppliers provide cyclone rated shutters with quality components that will survive our weather?

If I am shopping for interior shutters which suppliers provide ultraviolet protection and improve the energy efficiency of a home?


How many doors and windows need shutters?

What style will best tie in with the overall design of my home?

Do I want to invest in a product with materials that will look good and go the distance?

Do I want fixed, hinged, sliding or bi-fold shutters?

What kind of finish/colour would I like my shutters to be?

What is my budget, and will it deliver everything listed above?


Answering the above questions before visiting showrooms or booking in for measure and quotes will save you time but also clarifying up front what the result is that you are after.

Choosing the right style of shutters for you home doesn’t have to be a daunting task, you can visit both online and physical showrooms to help you visualise how they will look in your own home.  Start a Pinterest board or follow relevant Instagram accounts and hashtags to source images that will demonstrate clearly what you are after. Deciding on the right finish for your shutters also comes down to the look you are trying to achieve in your home renovation or build.

Custom made shutters in your home might be the best option if you are fitting them in an older Queenslander home or have uncommon window sizes and measurements. While you pay a little more for Custom-made options, they immediately add value and beauty to your home so should be considered an investment.

Somfy Expert