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Affordable Alternatives to Blinds

12:00PM 20 February 2024

Are you getting a bit tired of looking at your windows? Or maybe you’re after a more robust alternative to blinds. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Blinds aren’t the only window dressings out there, nor are they our favourite. Although you won’t be surprised to hear that. We are “The Shutter Store” after all. There are no prizes for guessing which option gets our top pick. But for the sake of balance, before we get onto shutters, let’s talk a bit about blinds and curtains.


Blinds, including styles like roller, Venetian, and Roman, are not just versatile in light control but also in looks. They come in a range of styles and designs, meaning they can complement a modern minimalist design as easily as a more traditional setup.

With materials ranging from wood to aluminum, offering solutions for every budget and style preference, blinds are a good option for those on a budget.


Curtains are great for adding layers of texture, warmth, and color to a room. Beyond their aesthetics, they’re quite practical too, adding insulation and improving energy efficiency, which can reduce heating costs in the winter months.

With a vast selection of fabrics, from light linens to heavy velvets, curtains can dramatically change a room's look and feel.

alternative to blinds


Here we go then, the main event and our favourite alternative to blinds. Shutters offer an unparalleled blend of form and function. Their timeless appeal, combined with the ability to easily control privacy and light, makes them a superior choice for any home.

Here’s what makes shutters the last word in window dressings:

  • Cost effective: By going down the DIY route, you’ll save upwards of 40% against measure and install services. They’re built to last too, so you can enjoy your shutters for years to come.

  • Customisation: Our range of shutters means that from café style to full height, casement to bay window shutters, there's an option for every window type and décor style.

  • Light and privacy: With their movable slats, shutters offer the perfect combination of natural light and privacy control.

  • Energy efficiency: Shutters – especially full height shutters – are excellent insulators helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, saving you money on energy bills.

  • A waterproof solution: Our UK-made faux wood shutters are not just about looks; they're 100% waterproof, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms,

  • Kerb appeal: Durable and timeless, shutters enhance your home's curb appeal and value, making them a great investment for the future.

Give DIY a Try

We know what you’re thinking, but hear us out.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a carpenter or a DIY whizz. Our shutters are built with simplicity in mind. All you have to do is put a few frames together, connect some panels, fit the shutters onto your window, and hey, presto! You’ve fitted your own shutters.

Need a hand with your new casement or bay window shutters? Our measure and installation guides take you through things step by step. But if you’d like a little extra guidance, send an email to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk or click the chat icon on the bottom right of the screen. One of the team will be happy to help.