Nowadays Britain’s nosey neighbours are more likely to be peering round blinds or spying through bespoke handmade window shutters than twitching the dusty hem of a net curtain. At Appeal Home Shading we’ve found sales of wooden window shutters have been growing year on year benefitting from the growing trend for simple and casual decor in the home; also known as Plantation Shutters they now account for £40 million sales in the UK annually.
The growth also sheds light on consumer trends in the housing market. The rising popularity of window shutters is not just indicative of fashion but also of the fact that people are increasingly maximising the usable space in existing properties. Window shutters clearly take up a lot less space than curtains, which is a real benefit where space is tight. Loft conversions in houses are also rising in popularity and usually include skylights which require blinds. Similarly, with changes in the planning permission needed to build conservatories and glass extensions up for consultation, things can only get better in the sales of specialist conservatory blinds and roof blinds.
Product Director at Appeal Shading, Paul McCullagh, said; “It’s not hard to see why there is such a rise in popularity. Special features of Appeal’s hand finished window shutters include state of the art manufacturing techniques such as kiln-curing where the premium wood is cured in a kiln, slowly, at low temperatures to reduce post-installation shrinking and swelling. Unlike some other manufacturers, by using this process, we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure that the wood is conditioned to the moisture content typical to the UK. The result is that Appeal window shutters remain stable and close tightly, without gaps, for years to come and because of their longevity they are a wonderful selling point in a house too – often increasing value of the property.”
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