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Café Style Shutters

About Cafe Style Shutters

While the versatility of plantation shutters makes them suitable for any window, there are separate optional styles to further suit any window you choose. An excellent choice for ground floor windows tends to be café style shutters. These shutters are typically half the height of the window and allow for privacy with the addition of unobstructed light from the upper half of the window.

[more-or-less-start] 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 – also giving you the option of semi or total privacy from eye height.

While café style shutters are thought of as half height on your window, we would recommend matching up the highest point to the transom of your window. This keeps the shutters matching the general design and feel of the interior and exterior of the window. Keeping your home looking fantastic from both the inside and out is often overlooked and people design their shutters purely based from internal perspectives. Ensure your panel widths and heights match up to window panel widths and heights. This gives a flowing look from the outside of your house and also ensures no “doubling up” when it comes to light blockage.

Café style shutters still have the full functionality of a normal full height plantation shutter. In saying this we mean that the panels can still be positioned in both their open and closed position. In addition, their louvers can also be adjusted open or closed. This gives you the option to open up more light to your window without fully opening the shutters. Typically, café style shutters will not be opened fully and instead just be adjusted by their slats, as you already have significant room lighting from the open section above your shutters.

Just like other designs of plantation shutter, café style shutters can have multiples of panels that can fold or “concertina” back against each other to your wall. When thinking about the amount of panels for your window shutters you must consider the width of your windows. If this width is over a certain amount we may need to separate these shutters into separate frames or use what is known as a t-post to create new anchors for your hinged panels. This ensures your shutters will not drop over time. If you’re unsure of “how far is too far?” you can contact our team straight away for advice, or feel free to place your order and one of our team will always point out if they think a design could do with any improvements.

When choosing your café style shutters there are a number of considerations regarding the wood type they are constructed from and the room you’re installing them in. While uncommon, café style shutters can be installed into a bathroom – and in this case a Polyvinyl option should be chosen to give you additional protection against splashing and damp. In more modern properties our Poplar hardwood range is a sure favourite, giving a smooth and perfectly finished appearance. Finally, in a more period country home our Premium Elm can keep in place with traditional design. Its deep grain gives a true Country Midwest feel and classic look.

Café style shutters are suitable to be installed within a recess using an inside mount frame, set away from a sash window using an outside mount frame. These different styles of frame ensure your shutter panels are positioned correctly to the window and have a tight and secure fixing, so the majority of shutter orders are placed with a frame – as is our default order. If you wish to order without a frame, please do specify this to our team.

If you do plan to purchase café style shutters for your window, your best place to start is with our measuring guide. When correctly followed, this guide will ensure your shutters are measured correctly for our factory to build your perfect plantation shutters. Then, when the point of installing your shutters comes, you won’t be in for any surprises! You need not fear with your measuring though, once you’ve placed your order and it comes through to us, one of our highly trained team will pick up your order and give you a detailed phone call back to ensure no mistakes have been made and that you’re perfectly happy with every aspect.

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, then please do contact our customer care team where we can have a no pressure, no obligation chat to assist your ordering process!

How fast would you like your shutters?

Affordable Fauxwood

5-6 weeks
MSRP: $42 ft2 Our Price: $25 ft2

Offer Price: $18 ft2

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Made of polyvinyl with an aluminum core, these great value durable shutters look like wood.

Classic Poplar Hardwood

5-6 weeks
MSRP: $45 ft2 Our Price: $27 ft2

Offer Price: $20 ft2

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Ideal for larger windows, these lightweight shutters are made from sustainable hardwood. 

American Polyvinyl

3-4 weeks
Made in the USA
MSRP: $51 ft2 Our Price: $31 ft2

Offer Price: $22 ft2

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Strong and very practical, our Express Polyvinyl shutters are made in the USA, ship in 14-21 days and are super simple to install.

American Hardwood

5-6 weeks
Made in the USA
MSRP: $58 ft2 Our Price: $35 ft2

Offer Price: $26 ft2

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Manufactured from premium grade poplar hardwood at our own facility in California.

Premium Elm Hardwood

6-7 weeks
MSRP: $60 ft2 Our Price: $36 ft2

Offer Price: $27 ft2

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Crafted from a high-quality, durable hardwood with a sophisticated, deep-grained texture. 

The Designer Collection

6-7 weeks
MSRP: $52 ft2 Our Price: $31 ft2

Offer Price: $23 ft2

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Interior designer style with distinctive flat louvers and a wide range of colours and finishes.  

Express American Polyvinyl

1-2 weeks
Made in the USA
MSRP: $55 ft2 Our Price: $33 ft2

Offer Price: $24 ft2

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Strong and very practical, our Express Polyvinyl shutters are made in the USA, ship in 1-2 weeks and are super simple to install.

Express American Hardwood

3-4 weeks
Made in the USA
MSRP: $62 ft2 Our Price: $37 ft2

Offer Price: $28 ft2

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Manufactured from premium grade poplar hardwood at our own facility in California.

Configure and buy!

What is the Standard delivery time?

The standard dispatch time for custom made, ready to fit shutters is about 5 to 6 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 7 to 8 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 Express Delivery?

Express Delivery is our fast track service where, for an extra cost, we will dispatch your shutters in under 4 weeks. Express Delivery times vary according to the type of shutters you choose.

Express American Polyvinyl shutters will be dispatched in   1-2 weeks following phone confirmation of your order. For Express American Hardwood, delivery will be around 3-4 weeks following 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

Affordable Fauxwood

Affordable Fauxwood

Today's price $18 ft2

If you love the look of real wood shutters but want a less expensive option, our Affordable Fauxwood café style shutters could be exactly what you’re looking for. They’re made from polyvinyl with an aluminum core so they’re robust, durable and easy to maintain. A great choice for any room, including bathrooms and kitchens.

Our Affordable Fauxwood café shutters come in 3 louver widths — 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2" and 4 ½” Choose front or hidden push rods and select your paint color from a range of 10.

Classic Poplar Hardwood

Classic Poplar Hardwood

Today's price $20 ft2

Made from a light, durable hardwood, our Classic Poplar Hardwood café style shutters are a great choice for larger windows. Our best-selling range, they look amazing with a smooth-grained texture that gives a sleek and smart painted finish.

Poplar is a fast-growing, sustainable hardwood so you’ll be making an environmentally-friendly choice too.

These wood cafe shutters are available in our full selection of louver sizes, frames and colors.

American Polyvinyl

American Polyvinyl

Today's price $22 ft2

Manufactured in our own California factory, our American Polyvinyl shutters offer top quality at great value.

Made from solid vinyl supported by an aluminium core, these shutters are designed to stand the test of time and are ideal for withstanding extreme weather conditions.

American Hardwood

American Hardwood

Today's price $26 ft2

Our American Hardwood café style shutters are made from premium grade poplar hardwood, sustainably grown in the U.S. They’re crafted with care at our own facility in California.

A dense wood, our American Hardwood is durable and hardwearing with a beautiful and authentic smooth grain.

Premium Elm Hardwood

Premium Elm Hardwood

Today's price $27 ft2

Our Premium Elmwood café style shutters will bring a contemporary rustic feel to any home. Made from a high-quality, durable hardwood with a deep-grained texture, they’re stunning and sophisticated.

Premium Elmwood wood cafe shutters are available in a choice of 10 over wash painted colors and an additional 10 stained finishes.

The Designer Collection

The Designer Collection

Today's price $23 ft2

Our designer collection offers a striking and original take on cafe style window shutters. With their eye-catching flat shaped louvers, these shutters are perfect for a stylish contemporary home.

Choose from 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" width louvers, and a range of 13 different paint colours.

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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