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What are Louvered Shutters?

12:28PM 17 December 2021

Louvred shutters are by far the most popular range of shutters out there. They are certainly our best seller! So, we thought it high time that we wrote a quick and easy guide to go through some of the particulars with you.


What Are Louvres?

Also known as slats, louvres are the movable blades in plantation shutters which give them their distinctive look.

louvered shutters

What Are The Different Louvered Sizes?

Slats come in four different sizes: 64mm, 76mm, 89mm, and 114mm.

The size of slats you choose will have an impact in a couple of ways. Larger slat sizes allow more light and air in than their smaller counterparts, so this is always worth considering.

You should also look to cater your slat size to the size of your window. For example, if you have a larger window and go for our smallest slat size, 64mm, this could look rather busy. Conversely, a small window with large louvered window shutters would look a little, well, off.

If you are ever unsure about slat sizes, our friendly staff will always be on hand to help you make the right choice for you – and your windows.


What Are Pushrods?

A pushrod – or tilt rod – is what connects the slats so that they all move in unison when opened or closed. They are available in four different styles: Hidden, Clearview, Offset, and Central.

The Central tilt rod connects the slats with a wooden rod which runs front and centre down the slats. This is a classic style, perfect for period properties. You move this rod to move the slats.

An Offset tilt rod is visible just like a central rod, but the wooden rod is offset to the hinged side of each panel, instead of down the centre. It functions the same as the central rod in terms of adjusting the louvers.

Our Clearview option connects the slats with a discreet metal bar which runs down the wood side of the panel. It is not visible from the inside and allows you to operate your slats by hand.

The Hidden pushrod – our most popular offering – connects the louvres via a connecting rod which is built into the frame. This means that there is no visible rod whatsoever, and you simply adjust the slats by hand.

louvered window shutters
Central Pushrod

Are there other plusses to louvered shutters?

Besides looking amazing, louvered window shutters have lots of benefits:
  • Movable slats allow you to let in as much or as little light as you like.
  • They are great for privacy management and can be tilted in a way that you can see out, but nobody can see in.
  • Both a classic and timeless look, they bring style to any room.

If you’re interested in wood louvered shutters, please get in touch. You can reach our friendly team by emailing hello@theshutterstore.co.uk. We’re always happy to help!