Making sense of all the different types of shutters available can seem like a daunting prospect. Even if you have your sights set on a particular colour and style, there are still countless configurations to choose from.
One of the most popular options for plantation shutters is the tier-on-tier configuration. But what are the characteristics of this type of shutter, and is it a suitable choice for your interiors?
What are tier-on-tier shutters?
Tier-on-tier style shutters consist of two sets of panels that sit vertically on top of one another. The panels are housed within a single frame, but each can be controlled independently of the other. You can adjust the top panel or the bottom panel as required, or adjust them both at the same time—two tiers of shutters within the same panel.
The popularity of tier-on-tier shutters lies in their flexibility and versatility. Effectively, the tier-on-tier configuration combines the benefits of full-height shutters and café shutters in one elegant installation. Along with looking fantastic, tier-on-tier shutters can be adjusted in ways that go beyond the capabilities of comparable shutters.
What’s the benefit of tier-on-tier shutters?
Available in a comprehensive range of colours and finishes, ier-on-tier shutters can make an elegant addition to any room of the home. They can be made to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings or stand out as a point of focus.
In terms of functionality, tier-on-tier shutters have the benefit of being able to control the bottom and top panels independently of one another. For example, the top panel could be opened during the day to allow natural light into the home, while the bottom panel is kept close to maintain privacy.
Alternatively, the bottom panel could be opened to maximise ventilation on a hot day, while the top panel remains closed to block the direct rays of the sun.
The versatility of tier-on-tier shutters makes them a popular choice for any room of the home. With a wide variety of material choices available, they can also be a surprisingly cost-effective long-term investment.
Are there any downsides to tier-on-tier shutters?
The only potential downside to tier-on-tier shutters is their slightly reduced capacity to block exterior light. This is due to the fact that there is a small gap between the two tiers of shutters, which is necessary to enable their independent movement.
While this gap between the tiers is kept as small as realistically possible, it will inevitably let a small amount of additional light through. Though not to such an extent as to prove problematic, even where light sleepers or kids’ bedrooms are concerned,
During your initial home design visit, your supplier will guide you through the options available and help you make the right choice. But for those who value flexibility and versatility above everything else, tier-on-tier shutters could be just the thing.