Terminology to Learn Before Buying Shutters, and Why These Words Are Important

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Shutters for your home are a big investment, so you want to ensure you take the time to learn a little about the different styles and features offered. Learning the terminology used to describe shutters and their various parts can help you to better understand how each style is different, and can also help you to know what parts might need repairs if they should ever break sometime down the road. Note a few simple terms about shutters and why you should know them before you start shopping. 

1. Slats, rails, and stiles

The slats are the horizontal pieces that make up the shutters themselves; these are the ones that rotate up and down to open and close the shutters. Slats are different than rails; rails are the horizontal pieces that make the frame of the shutter. There is a top and bottom rail to shutters, and then usually a mid rail. These don't rotate when shutters are opened.

Stiles also make up the frame of the shutter but these are the vertical pieces on the outside of the shutters. The slats rotate within the stile, so if a stile gets broken, you might notice that the slats won't move any longer. You may be asked about the rail size or slat size you want for your shutters, so you need to know the difference between these two parts especially. 

2. Push rod

The push rod of shutters is connected to the slats and this is what you use to move them. You might be asked if you want a visible or invisible push rod; a visible push rod is usually right down the center of the shutters. An invisible push rod is hidden behind one of the stiles of the shutters, and you may open them with a dial or crank connected to the push rod. An invisible push rod gives your shutters a cleaner, uncluttered look, whereas a visible push rod is more traditional.

3. Piano hinge

The hinge of course is what connects the shutters to the window jamb, but a piano hinge is one that allows you to open the shutters and lay them flat against the wall. Standard hinges only allow you to open the shutters to a ninety-degree angle. For smaller spaces where you don't want shutters to jut out from the walls when open, you'll want to ensure you get the piano style hinge.


18 April 2016

Creating An Organised And Functional Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used room in my home, and in the past, I found it could get messy and chaotic very quickly. Trying to cook dinner when you can't find an essential appliance or see past the clutter on the counter is no fun. I realised I enjoyed my time in the kitchen more and was more productive when my kitchen was organised and laid out in a way that optimised functionality. I changed my kitchen cleaning and organising routine, decluttered, got rid of appliances I don't use and moved things around to ensure frequently used items were easy to reach. I started this blog to share my tips for creating a kitchen that's enjoyable to use, and I post about ways you can optimise the space you have. I hope you find my posts useful.