Most people have a shutter custom made to improve the appearance of the home, provide more privacy, or increase light control. Few people even realize that proper fitting shutters can also provide sound absorption.
Block Out Noise by Having a Shutter Custom Made
If your bedroom window happens to face a noisy neighbor or busy street, having a shutter custom made might be all that you need, to achieve a better quality of sleep. Of course, this will leave you well-rested, which can have a positive impact on your health and mood.
Many styles that we have here at Danmer will reduce the intensity of all those unwanted sounds that keep you up at night. Some excel in noise absorption more than others and even come with a rating. If blocking out noise is your main concern, ask one of our design specialists which blinds will help you achieve this.
Are you sitting and looking at a multitude of window blinds that are all labeled a different color, but all look white do you? You are definitely not alone! Choosing the right blinds is an important decision, but it is made quite complicated because there are so many options. This is especially true if you know you want something white, or a little off-white, but then you are faced with a ton of options like Cloud Nine, Sandstone, Sand Castle, Patagonian Glacier and Snow. Is there really a difference?
Choose the Right Shade for Your Window Blinds
Although most people look at a few swatches and do not see the difference between colors, a professional can definitely tell. Believe it or not, a very small shade variation can make a dramatic difference in a room. Rather than simply choose a hue so you can get the shade made, why not have a design expert help you?
Here at Danmer, we provide a free consultation, because we want you to be truly happy with your blinds. Rather than stare at blind swatches and guess which white shade will look best, let one of our experts come analyze your space and help you make the right decision. They will take measurements for you while they are there, too, so you can get the perfect fit.
One of the reasons custom window shutters always look superior to prefabricated styles purchased in stores is because they can have cutouts made. This term may not mean much to you now, but when the shutters fit as they should, without bulging around door handles or window cranks, you will appreciate the feature.
Custom Window Shutters Provide a Better Fit
When you buy blinds that are already packaged in generic sizes, they never look as polished as custom window shutters do. Most people measure the width and length of a window and forget to factor in handles. This is why you should always have your windows professionally measured. Sometimes you might even need a deeper frame or extensions to allow the louvers to angle as they should. When a professional makes the measurements, all of these points are factored into the creation of the shutters to ensure that they fit perfectly. This will also ensure that they can be operated flawlessly.
If you are considering having bay window shutters custom made, it is extremely recommended to have a professional take the measurements for you. It is also important that you never buy prefabricated blinds that you can buy in any home store. They never fit properly, and they look horrible in bay windows.
Bay windows are typically made up of three or four sections and naturally become a focal point in the home. Placing poorly fitting shutters on them will get noticed by everyone who walks through the door and will certainly distract from your beautiful décor.
Measuring for Bay Window Shutters is Tricky
You may think that you can handle measuring for your bay window shutters, but the process is a lot more complicated than you are likely anticipating.
You need to know the depth of the frame you are working with to even get started measuring, because the wrong depth won’t allow your louvers to open and close, but the wrong measurement won’t let the frame sit at the right angle.
Do your windows have hand cranks? If so, this will dictate the need for a deeper frame. You will need to know what type of windows you have, how much wall space there is and be aware of any frames around the windows that will affect measurements.
As you can see, this is a very complicated process. Fortunately for you, Danmer will take care of taking all your measurements — for free.
The wood shutters you find here at Danmer are unlike styles that are available elsewhere. Aside from the fact that they are stunning, they are made right here in the USA, using only the highest grade hardwood available. This means that they will not only last a lifetime, they will continue to look their best year-after-year.
Special Features of Wood Shutters
One of the most appreciated features that our wood shutters offer is our patented Duraglide Louver Tension System, which is guarantee to never need adjusting or tightening. They also are hand-sanded, which is what gives them an unparalleled smooth finish that you immediately notice.
Our shutters are also given a diamond undercoat, to seal out moisture, and we use super long epoxy coated staples that will never fall out. Just to offer peace-of-mind, all of our warranties are transferrable, which could be a strong selling point, if you put your house on the market in the future.
If you have sliding glass doors, you probably feel a little exposed. Sure, the view is probably only available from your backyard, but who knows if people a street over, or behind you, have a pair of binoculars. Not to mention, when the sun beats through the glass doors for a few hours a day, it likely makes the space rather uncomfortable. Plus, if you have central air, it has to work extra hard, which increases your energy bill. Custom shutters will provide you with privacy and make the space more comfortable — all while providing a more polished look.
Hunter Douglas Custom Shutters are Perfect for Sliding Glass Doors
The reason why so many homeowners go without covering their sliding glass doors is because they are not all that easy to fit. You want something that will not make it impossible to open and close the door. Products that are more traditional can typically be too heavy to raise and lower, with this length. Fortunately, here at Danmer, we can make your custom shutters that will look exceptional, while providing you with the light control and privacy that you need.
Both our Luminette® and Duette® options from Hunter Douglas are perfect, because they traverse horizontally, which makes them more suitable to open. Request a consultation with one of our design experts, today.
If you are in the market for shutters and have found yourself comparing a few different styles, you may also be a little confused. How are you supposed to compare apples to apples if you are not really sure what some of the parts are?
Could two different shutters have the same parts under different names? If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with the shopping process, this glossary should help.
Parts of Shutters
- Panel – The panel is the main component of shutter installation. It is traditionally a rectangular section with a hinge that allows it to open, and it contains all of the louvers.
- Frame – Shutters are generally ordered with a frame. The panels are mounted right inside this, and it is mounted to the window.
- Stile – The louvers of the shutters rotate between the stiles.
- Louvers – These are the horizontal slats that tilt to open and close, either allowing the light in, or providing complete privacy.
- Rails – Many stiles will have rails that serve the purpose of providing structure and stability.
When you live in Sacramento, shutters are a crucial component to making a space more comfortable and keeping energy bills as low as possible. You may be interested to learn that 50 percent of the heating and cooling in your home can be lost, when you don’t have energy efficient window treatments. This is one of the reasons the Hunter Douglas styles we have, here at Danmer, are so popular; they provide window insulation.
Sacramento Shutters – Understand the Importance of Solar Heat Control
When faced with the warm temperatures and vibrant sun of Sacramento, shutters that provide solar heat control are in high demand. Although the solar energy from the sun is welcome in the winter, it makes rooms uncomfortable in the summer and substantially drives up energy bills.
Many shutter styles that we carry here at Danmer are designed to specifically reduce solar heat passing through your windows. This is referred to as Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). When you have a lower SHGC, your home is better protected from the sun’s heat.
No other window coverings can truly match the elegant touch that plantation shutters can bring to a home. That being said, it is important to realize that this type of shutter will become a focal point in your room, so one made of cheap materials, or if it doesn’t fit right, will certainly become an undesirable distraction.
These shutters can change the aesthetic of any room they occupy, while also increasing privacy and allowing for maximum light control.
Make a Statement with Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters will act as a centerpiece to your room, so it is important to choose the ones that will best complement your space. Strong colors can make a bold statement, but, if the room already has a loud color palette, these can sometimes be a little overbearing.
White, off-white and other neutral colors are popular options, and, although you might think of these colors as boring, you will see that they certainly are not.
You may have your heart set on a certain color because you really love the way they look, but will they complement your space? Sometimes consumers shop to satisfy their desire, rather than shop to complement the room. Our design consultants here at Danmer can help you make your decision by giving an objective professional opinion.
There is a good chance that your French doors are one of the elements that sold you on your house. There is just something about them that makes a house become more welcoming. Of course, if you are like many others, finding window coverings for these doors you were so sold on has probably become a bit of a nightmare. You may have even given up!
We Have Window Coverings for Your French Doors
Although nearly any of the Hunter Douglas styles we carry here at Danmer can be fitted to your French doors, there are some that are a little more recommended over others. Keep in mind that window coverings that mount beyond the glass frame will require spacer blocks or extension brackets, for proper clearance. Your particular doors may also require a cutout for your door handles.
One of our design specialists can show you which styles will look and function best in your French doors, and take all the necessary measurements to ensure a perfect fit.