We recently built a garden house to the rear of our garden with an office, an integrated shed and a craft room for me housing my Mr Beam laser cutter and all my other craft bits, eek! The building is quite functional looking with two big windows and a shed door facing the front that is visible from our living room.
I wasn’t so keen on the plain look, basically a big white block, so I looked into ways how to make it look more interesting and one of my lovely followers over on my Instagram suggest to add faux (decorative) shutters. I hadn’t thought of this before but immediately loved the idea and searched the web for a company who would offer this. Simply Shutters, a family run business from Suffolk, kept coming up as the leading manufacturer of external, decorative window shutters so I decided to go with them.
I went with the Traditional Louvre range which is available in a number of pre-set widths starting from 7inches wide (178mm) up to 18inches wide (450mm), custom made to your required height and available in 17 different colours plus a paintable option. I went for the paintable shutters as I wanted to paint the shutters in the same colour as the shed door to tie in everything nicely. The shutters are manufactured in their Suffolk workshop and are made from UPVC Polypropylene which makes them super lightweight and durable.
I was really surprised how affordable the shutters were, despite being made to measure in the UK. My four shutters, two for every window, came up to just under £200!
Delivery was really quick and the shutters came complete with painting and mounting instructions. Given that the shutters are fixed to the wall, you only need to paint the front, side and the bits of the rear face that will be seen. I found that the paint glided on really well. I painted mine in the same colour as the door to for a seamless look.
Once the paint is fully cured you can install the shutters.
The shutters are very easy to install and can be fitted by any competent DIY’er or handyperson.
A little change that makes a massive difference, don’t you think?
Feel free to message me here or over on my Instagram if you have any questions.
Did you know that decorative shutters were a thing? They make a real difference, right?