A summer morning. You wake up and walk out of your bedroom to the living room and see the room filled with the bright yellow colour. Making a cup of coffee and sitting near the window with a fresh breeze over your face and newspaper in your hand would be the most pleasant mornings of all. Sounds like an exciting idea. All of this is possible with plantation shutters on your window panes.
Worry no more about the bright light as plantation window shutters for your windows would be the right choice. They give you control over the natural lighting of the room while helping you reduce the electric expenses. Just like how special equipment requires special treatment, plantation shutters are not like ordinary curtains or blinds, and it requires special care taken in maintaining them. The maintenance involved would be a small price to pay for the beauty; plantation shutters will add to your rooms, making the rooms look more elegant and fanciful. Plantation shutters may indeed look hard to handle. But it is quite an easy job, and here is how you would be operating the plantation shutters
- To understand how the shutters work, understand the composition of a plantation shutter. The frame is set on your window panes, making it a permanent attachment. The shutter panel is suspended inside the shutter’s frame, making it accessible like a door—wondering how the shutters are held by the frames so precisely? It is kept through magnets built inside the frames while installing the shutter on your windowpane.
- When it is required to open the entire shutter, the central panel could be used, making it easy to swing it open. Similarly, you can close the shutters in the order of one after another. You can identify this by looking at the edges of the window shutters. You would hear a ‘click’ sound indicating that the magnets are joint, and the shutter is closed on closing it.
- Now, coming to the exciting part on how to operate the louvres inside the panels, which is the key in helping you control the room’s lighting. Also called slats, the louvres are mainly controlled by a rod running on the centre of the panels. Pulling the rod up will open the slats and pulling it down will close the slats. It is a simple system with which one could set the right amount of light to enter the room without compromising the fresh air from outside. Electrical fans and artificial lighting are no longer required with plantation shutters that pave the way for living in harmony with nature.
- Wait, there’s more. Few plantation shutter models come with rods that are not in the center of the pane but hidden along the side of the frame. These kinds of models give a fresher look to the window. Nothing to worry about, as this hidden rod model is just like the open single rod model. All you would have to do is move the slats up and down, and the rest of the louvres will mirror the same.
On that note, operating plantation shutters is a piece of cake with these methods above. Remember that the shutters must be adequately maintained by regularly cleaning the entire window panes, side panels, individual slats, and rods. You can also choose to pair the plantation shutters with an appropriate curtain that does not affect the inflow of air or lighting. Having a light and not-so-dark curtain gives a fresh modern look to the plantation shutter.