The Pros vs Cons – Café Style shutters

The Shutter Store 7/4/2019 3:59:10 PM Home Decor and Design, Shutter Styles
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Café Style shutters are a popular choice, available in both wood and polyvinyl. While they are a versatile design, you may be stuck as to whether this is the best style for your windows, as opposed to Full Height or Tier on Tier style. Here are some factors to consider.

Pros of Café Style Shutters

Café Style shutters cover the lower portion of your window and can be measured from the bottom up to the half-way point of your window, they can also cover 1/3 or 2/3 of the opening, or up to any obstruction or desired cut-off point. Café Style offers a few benefits:
  • Unobstructed light entry at the top of the window opening.
  • Customizable height for privacy or design aesthetic.
  • Café Style shutters can bring the elegance and privacy of shutters into your home in a more cost-effective way than Full Height or Tier on Tier style.

Cons of Café Style Shutters

Café Style shutters do not offer any coverage or light blockage at the top of the window. While this may be a ‘pro’ depending on your window and intended use, it can be less flexible than other styles if you think you may eventually want to add shutters to the upper portion of the window opening.
  • Consider Full Height shutters if you think you will want to keep the window covered and move the slats open or closed to control light and privacy.
  • A fully framed shutter is also more sturdy and easier to install for very wide windows.
  • Consider Tier on Tier shutters to give you the same benefits of Café Style at the bottom, with the option to also close the top tier, for full window coverage.


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