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The History of Window Shutters

12:00PM 31 March 2024

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of window shutters? (No?  Well, we’re going to tell you anyway.) They’re found in homes all over the world, but where did they come from and how far back do they go? In this featured blog, we’ll delve deeper into their rich history to unravel the story of window shutters, from their ancient origins to the modern day.

Ancient Beginnings

Our journey begins in the ancient world, where the earliest forms of window shutters emerged. Going all the way back to civilizations like Egypt, Greece, and Rome, shutters were instrumental in protecting buildings from the elements. Crafted from materials like wood, and even marble, they shielded ancient interiors from the scorching sun of the Mediterranean and the Nile delta.

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Medieval Europe

Moving into the medieval era, we see the popularity of window shutters across Europe rise. Amidst the huge castles, walled cities, and stunning manor houses of the Middle Ages, shutters were ubiquitous. Not only did they fortify homes against the elements and would-be intruders, but they also showcased exquisite craftsmanship through often intricate designs.

Colonial Expansion

With the dawn of colonialism and the European discovery of the New World, the tradition of window shutters traversed continents and oceans, establishing firm roots in the Americas. Colonial-style shutters, characterised by their simplicity and practicality, became a common fixture in homes throughout the United States, particularly in the southern states.

Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution heralded a seismic shift in the production and accessibility of all sorts of products, including window shutters. With the modernisation of manufacturing processes, shutters went from bespoke commodities to mass-produced items. Steam-powered machinery facilitated the rapid production of shutters, improving access to these once exclusive fixtures.

Modern Innovations

Fast forward to the present day and modern shutters have emerged as versatile and stylish additions to any contemporary home. From sleek and streamlined designs to eco-friendly materials, today’s shutters offer an array of options to suit any style.

Whether crafted from traditional wood or waterproof faux wood, our shutters continue to marry form with function, enhancing both the look and practicality of our customers’ living spaces.

Benefits of Modern Shutters

Modern shutters offer plenty of benefits besides their striking looks. With customisable options for light control, privacy, and insulation, shutters help you to curate spaces tailored to your needs. Plus, their durability and low maintenance ensures you’ll be enjoying them for years to come.

Whether you prefer the total coverage of full height shutters, the blend of light and privacy of café style shutters, or the best of both worlds with tier on tier shutters, you're sure to find your perfect style.

Embrace the Legacy

At The Shutter Store, we’ have a shutter for every space, and a style for every décor. From classic designs to contemporary innovations, our shutters offer the perfect blend of style, functionality, and craftsmanship.

Shop our shutters today to get started or send an email to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk with any questions. We’ll be sure to get back to you soon.