Is it time to ditch the curtains?

Just as there are many different ways to decorate our homes, there are also far more options available to dress windows – in fact, curtains are positively passé for some. Here Shuttercraft Winchester explains how to transform your home with window shutters.

Shutters have become an attractive alternative to curtains and blinds 

Shutters have become an attractive alternative to curtains and blinds 

It was once a simple choice - curtains or blinds. But now shutters are offering homeowners a highly practical and aesthetically pleasing alternative.

“Shutters can be big or small and offer exceptional light control and creative opportunities. They can be customised for both residential homes and commercial environments, for example, to cut out a car park view or make it feel like you are not inside a darkened conference room," says owner and director at Shuttercraft Winchester, Nigel Luke. 

“There’s also thermal insulation properties because shutters offer a secondary level of double glazing, plus noise reduction benefits, and they’re incredibly hygienic when it comes to maintenance. We can adapt for unusually shaped windows or come up with made to measure solutions for larger open planned spaces or rooms.”

Nigel only moved into the world of home decor in January 2017. For many years he was working as an IT project manager and before that he spent 11 years in the Royal Navy, but on seeking a new business venture where he felt he would maximise his own potential and enjoy being his own boss around his young family, he considered Shuttercraft UK, based at Micheldever. This close proximity allowed him to meet senior management, find out how teams work and understand the franchise operation.

“I started to look at it as a viable option,” he said. “I wanted to do something for myself within a trusted and established national brand yet being delivered by local independent business owners.

Shutters are attractive and practical

Shutters are attractive and practical

Nigel’s territory extends in and around Winchester to the surrounding New Forest area, touching on Wiltshire and Dorset. He has an ambitious growth strategy and is already looking at his next territory. He works closely with the company’s surveyor and fitter, supported tirelessly by the backroom teams in Micheldever when it comes to those crucial elements which underpin his business.

Nigel is always aware of the personal space when he goes into someone’s home, where requirements differ: “My job is to make people aware, so they can come to their own decision but be inspired by what is available for every room in the house. A site survey is key to understanding what options would work best for frames, fixings and configurations. We make sure that we maintain a strong attention to detail. Every measurement is precise, and every figure exact, ensuring that your shutters will be made-to-measure to the highest standard. We won’t pressurise you to place an order or take up too much of your time – that’s the Shuttercraft ‘no hard sell’ promise.”

“Our shutters are an extremely high quality product, highly regarded within the industry, people are aware of that and I appreciate customers are budget-conscious when it comes to home interiors. Clients’ requirements change at different life stages, but essentially this is bespoke furniture for your windows and living environment."

"We take great satisfaction from sharing our advice and expertise with you, and want to ensure you chose the right solution for you. Get in touch with Nigel at Shuttercraft today and transform your home with some of the best window shutters Winchester has to offer!"

Visit Shuttercraft Winchester or phone 01962 706 072.