Café Style

About Cafe Style Shutters

The term café style shutters is taken from the aesthetics of Parisian-style half shutters, commonly found in patisseries, cafés and restaurant front windows. Bringing this same functionality into your home, you can allow perfect light into your front rooms, lounges and dining rooms while also giving you the option of semi or total privacy from eye height.

Cafe shutters, otherwise known as half shutters, cover only a portion of the window. An excellent choice for ground floor windows allowing for privacy with the addition of unobstructed light from the upper half of the window. This provides privacy while allowing light into the home too.

If you do plan to purchase café style shutters for your window, your best place to start is with our measuring guides. When correctly followed, this guide will ensure your shutters are measured correctly for our craftsmen to custom make your perfect plantation shutters. The Shutter Store staff are here and ready to help you with any questions you have on café style shutters for your home. If you have any difficulties with our measuring guides or any further questions on the benefits of café style shutters,  please do contact our customer care team where you will receive a no pressure, no obligation chat to assist with your ordering process!

Natural Hardwood

7 - 11 weeks
Best seller!
MSRP: $53 ft2 Our Price: $32 ft2

Offer price: $23 ft2

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Our hardwood shutters are made from highly sustainable Paulownia timber, which has a fine and knot free grain.  At approximately 30% lighter than other hardwoods, it’s ideal for larger windows and doors.

These qualities make Paulownia the perfect hardwood for shutters.

Aluminum Core Faux Wood

7 - 11 weeks
MSRP: $49 ft2 Our Price: $29 ft2

Offer price: $21 ft2

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These Faux Wood shutters are engineered with aluminum cores within the stiles and louvers, for added strength and rigidity.
You get the same traditional wood shutter look, with the upscale of being moisture proof and humidity resistant.   
Configure and buy!

What is the Standard delivery time?

The standard dispatch time for custom made, ready to fit shutters is about 9 to 10 weeks (unless otherwise specified) starting after phone confirmation of your order. When you see the quality, you’ll understand they’re worth the wait.

For Special Shapes the average dispatch time is 10 to 12 weeks.

We will email you the week they are ready to ship to let you know your shutters will be on their way.

What is the Express option?

Express delivery is available for all American-made products. For an extra cost, we will dispatch your shutters in under four weeks. Lead times vary depending on which type of shutters you choose.

We will dispatch both Vinyl Faux Wood and Premium Hardwood shutters within 3 to 4 weeks of the phone confirmation of your order.

What about cancellations or refunds?

Your indoor shutters are custom made to fit your particular windows, so once your order has been accepted, checked and confirmed by phone and by email, it can’t be cancelled. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you are absolutely happy before sending your Order Confirmation email and making your shutters. 

Choosing the perfect material

Natural Hardwood

Natural Hardwood

From price $23 ft2

Made from sustainable paulownia, our Natural Hardwood shutters boast a fine and knot-free grain. Paulownia is roughly 30% lighter than other hardwood too, making it the perfect material for larger shutters. Plus, they come in our widest range of styles, colours and finishes. They’re a best seller for a reason.

Aluminum Core Faux Wood

Aluminum Core Faux Wood

From price $21 ft2

Manufactured with an aluminum core running through the stiles and louvers, these shutters are incredibly hardwearing and sturdy. Not only are they completely waterproof, but they look just like traditional wooden shutters too.

All in the details

Hidden or front-facing Central tilt rods?

Tilt rods are used to open and close slatted shutter panels.

Simple and stylish, central tilt rods are slender wooden bars attached to the front of the slats.

If you want something with a more contemporary look, opt for hidden tilt rods. These are thin, metal mechanisms attached to the back of the shutter panels. They neatly connect all the slats in a panel together so when you move one slat, the others move too.

Getting the right light

Slat sizes for shutters are down to personal preference. If you have large windows, french doors or a contemporary look to your home, wide louvres or slats (3 ½" or 4 ½") often work best.

For traditional-style homes or smaller windows, narrow slats (2 ½") could be a better option.

Remember, the wider the slats, the deeper your shutter frame needs to be, so that might influence your choice.

Choosing the right frame for your window

Shutter frames are used to affix your shutters to your window area and they’re the perfect way to show off your shutters to full advantage. They're also useful for disguising uneven walls and windows that aren’t level, often found in older homes.

Shutter frames come in two styles – inside mount, where the frame sits inside the window recess allowing you full use of your window sill, or outside mount, where the frame is mounted to the wall area, ideal if your windows aren’t recessed.

Either way, your chosen shutter panels will be neatly mounted inside the shutter frames for a lovely professional finish.

Hinges to complement your shutter style

Hinges are used to attach your shutter panels to the shutter frames mounted either inside or outside your window recess. The high-quality fittings we use are guaranteed to make opening and closing your shutters smooth and easy.

Hinges are available in a wide range of styles, finishes and colours so you can choose a discreet hinge that blends in with your shutter style or opt for a contrasting hinge that complements your interior design look. 

Everything you need to know about mid-rails

Mid-rails run horizontally between a shutter panel’s top and bottom rails.

Although entirely optional, they’re a good way of giving your shutters extra strength and support and are generally recommended if your shutter panels are more than 72" in height.

Plus, when your shutters have mid-rails, the top and bottom halves of the shutter panel can be opened and closed independently, giving you both privacy and light at the same time.

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