There’s no other type of window treatment that gives you the style, the control, the elegance, and the function of plantation shutters. For taller windows, the answer is simple: tier on tier.
Blinds and curtains are okay in certain circumstances, but they just can’t compare to plantation shutters. If you own your home, shutters can increase the curb appeal because they tie the room together.
Are you ready to learn about how tier on tier shutters compare to other types of shutters, and everything else that’s crucial to know before proceeding?
We’ll also give you some information on how to install these shutters and what’s involved in the process. If you want to learn about getting some for your own home, we can help with that too.
What are Tier on Tier Shutters?
Tier on tier shutters are also known as double hung shutters because they’re essentially two sets of shutters attached to cover one large window. The mid-rail helps keep them sturdy and allows for separation between the top half and the bottom half. Due to each section having its own tilt rod, you can have the top and bottom sets of shutters open to different degrees.
Also, with hinged shutters, you can swing the top or bottom open as well. This gives you the most control over how much sunshine gets into your home. Want your houseplants to be happy? Wide open! Time to watch a movie? Close them up!
Every Detail Matters To Us
Here’s what you need to know about different parts of the shutter and why they matter. We love plantation shutters, it’s our specialty and we’re always excited to have the opportunity to share what we know.
- Slats: The slats are the horizontal bars that open and shut. They come in different sizes. For tier-on-tier shutters, you’ll likely want to choose a style with taller slats because smaller ones can look a little too “busy” on larger windows. Smaller slats work great on smaller windows, but at the end of the day it’s all about personal preference. We can manufacture something to accommodate your unique taste and style.
- Tilt tods: The tilt rod is used to open and close all of the slats on the shutter in unison. You wouldn’t want to have to do them one by one, right? That’s where the tilt rod helps out. Some tilt rods are upfront and more visible, whereas other ones are hidden. In both cases, they serve the same function of opening and closing all of the slats together, in one movement.
Frame: The frame is where the shutters themselves are mounted to. The frame is installed in your existing windows, and offers an opportunity to add a trim around the shutter hardware for added style. If your windows are recessed, your shutters can be mounted directly inside the existing window frame and you’ll still have full use of your windowsill. If your windows are not recessed, you can mount the frame around the outside of the existing window frame and mount your shutters that way.
- Panels: The shutter panels are the piece that holds the slats, and that gets mounted inside of the frame. Whether you’re doing a DIY installation or having us send over somebody to install your shutters for you, once the panels are mounted and adjusted, you’re all set to start enjoying your brilliant new windows.
- Hinges: It all hinges on the hinges! These pieces of hardware are specifically what attach the panels to the frame. We use high-quality hinges to ensure that your shutters will swing open and closed for many, many years to come. We offer hinges to match all of our countless styles of shutters.
- Mid-rails: You’ll find mid-rails on taller styles of shutters, like tier on tier for instance. The mid-rail adds some balance to the middle section in terms of visual appeal, but its primary purpose is for structural support to make sure that your shutters remain solid and stable, even when they’re very tall. With a tier on tier style of shutter, you can control the top half and the bottom half independently which opens up the door (or opens up the shutters, in this case) to limited possibilities.
Now that’s we’ve gone over the parts that comprise tier on tier, let’s discuss how they’re different from another popular style – cafe shutters!
Tier on Tier Shutters vs Cafe Style – What’s the Difference?
Picture a tall window with tier on tier plantation shutters installed over it. There’s the mid-rail running horizontally across the center, and there are panels above the mid-rail on the top half of the installation, and more panels below the mid-rail on the bottom half of the installation. Now, take away the panels above the mid-rail and you’re basically left with cafe style shutters.
Cafe style shutters are different than regular plantation shutters because they’re used on taller windows that are larger than the size of the cafe style shutters themselves. It’s a conscious design choice to cover the bottom half and leave the top half open, and that’s what defines this style of installation.
Tier on tier is functionally the same since you can always swing the top half open and you’ll essentially have cafe style shutters.
The difference is that with cafe shutters, you’re stuck with what you have. In other words, you can’t cover the top half to block light, or for extra privacy or any reason at all.
So, if you imagine wanting to cover the top half of your window at any point, tier on tier is going to be a better option than cafe style. If there’s no circumstance where you’ll want to have shutters blocking the top half of your window or door, then cafe-style may very well be the better option for you.
What About Tier on Tier for Bay Windows?
Bay windows in and of themselves are already a very nice touch to have in your home, consider yourself lucky if you’ve got them. Sitting recessed into a bay window on a comfy ledge, with the sun shining down as you nap or read a book is how countless hours have been spent around the UK and every second of it has been cherished.
Shutters for bay windows are a perfect complement to an already near-perfect part of your home. If you don’t love your bay area, you will soon.
Here’s why tier-on-tier works so great for bay windows:
- Both individual styles are visually appealing on their own. Bay windows stand out in a good way, and so do plantation shutters. Having the window and the shutter “team-up”, so to speak, just multiplies their impact. A bay window that hasn’t been treated to a beautiful set of shutters simply deserves better!
- As we mentioned already, tier on tier shutters offer better privacy than cafe style shutters. Since bay windows are most commonly found in the front of the home, shutters are the perfect way to block the line of sight from the street. You could leave the bottom ones closed for privacy and keep the top half open to let some light in or just close them all up when you don’t want any chance of somebody being able to see inside your home.
- If you’re trying to pull a room together visually, putting shutters on your bay windows opens up a lot of possibilities. A place to sit, a tall chair or a small house tree, a lamp, just about anything will look good in the recesses of your window area and your shutters can be configured to match.
They’re Not For Everyone
We work with every style of plantation shutter so we aren’t married to trying to sell you on a particular style. If tier on tier isn’t the best choice for your home, we’ll let you know and we’ll help you pick something that will work better.
There are certain cases where tier on tier doesn’t make as much sense, and you may as well opt for something a bit simpler and lighter. For smaller windows, there’s really no reason to get tier on tier, and full height will do just fine.
The same goes for rooms where you can’t really imagine wanting to open the top half. If you have an upstairs washroom with a window that faces the street or neighbours, it’s hard to imagine wanting to have that open at any point. You don’t want to have to remember to close it before going about your business, and you probably don’t need a ton of natural light shining into the loo.
How to Install Tier on Tier Shutters in the United Kingdom
Now it’s time to go over the installation process so you know how easy we can make it! If you’re in the market for some shutters for your home, here’s how it works when you order with us…
- We’ll start by sending a friendly and professional local shutter expert to your home to go over all of the different style choices with you.
- They will professionally measure each window that you plan on upgrading with shutters. This ensures the measurements are perfect for when the order gets sent into the factory.
- Once your custom shutters are built, they’ll be shipped and they will arrive right at your door. You don’t have to make a trip to pick them up from a hardware store or anything like that.
- One of our installers will come by and mount the frames into your windows, attach the hinges, and finally, they’ll install each shutter panel with precision.
- Now you’re all set, enjoy!
We also offer DIY kits for those of you who would rather take care of this by yourself. You’ll receive a template to help you measure your windows perfectly, you’ll get our expert guidance – you can reach out if you run into any snags, and you’ll get all of the hardware that you need. It’s still fabricated by the best manufacturers who put quality at the top of their list, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What’s next? Book an appointment!
Fill out our quick form and we’ll be in touch with you to provide more information very shortly. If you still have any questions, we’ll answer them for you and we can schedule an in-home visit over the phone or email and we can also get you set up with our DIY kit if you decide to go that route instead.