CAFE STYLE SHUTTERS
Cafe style shutters only partially cover your window, usually the bottom half. If your room is in a basement floor or at street level and does not receive much natural light, then cafe style shutters may be the perfect solution for your window. This style of shutters will provide additional privacy from onlookers without taking the light away. They are also great if you want to keep your curtains to dress your window as they will complement with elegance any fabric. Cafe style shutters can be made to any desired height and this would normally follow a structural break in your window. For example, in sash windows cafe style shutters would normally only cover the bottom sash.
FULL HEIGHT SHUTTERS
Full height shutters are probably the most popular style of plantation shutters. Each individual shutter panel extends across the full height of the window. This results in the window being fully covered by the shutters. Typically, each panel has one continuous set of louvres. Sometimes there can be two (or more) sets of louvres, separated by a midrail. This is a great feature of full height shutters because it allows the sets of louvres above and below the midrail to move independently. The midrail can be located at any point along the height of the panels. It is commonly placed halfway or at the same height of structural features in the windows. For example, in sash windows the midrail can be placed at the same height of the sashes.
TIER ON TIER SHUTTERS
Tier on tier shutters are possibly the most flexible style of shutters. Like full height shutters they cover the full window except each panel is split into two separate operating panels, the top and the bottom tiers, giving you the option to fold back the panels on each tier independently. This allows the top half to be folded right out of the way, so that you can maximise the light ingress, whilst maintaining privacy through the lower panels. The tiers can be separated by a horizontal T-bar attached to the shutter frame, which improves strength and provides support to the top tier. The bar also reduces unwanted light sipping through the break between the tiers.