Friday, February 10, 2012

Timeless Elegance and Class

Over the last decade, interior moveable louvered shutters have taken over the window covering decor. This overwhelming shift is due to advances in the shutter industry that allow shutter manufacturers to offer the elegance and durability of shutters at an affordable price.

Consumers have a number of decisions to make when purchasing shutter. The first choice is usually whether to paint or stain the shutters. Painting provides a uniform color throughout the shutter whether that is white, off-white, cream, beige, etc. Staining allows the natural grain of the wood to show through the finish. Interior designers suggest matching your molding or woodwork. If you do not have molding or woodwork, interior designers suggest staying with the classic white since white matches anything.

Next, consumer met choose what shutter material they like. High Density Fiberboard (HDF) is a technologically refined and advanced product that is the favorite for painting because it is warp-free and prides a superb finishing surface. Natural hardwoods such as Basswood and Knotty Alder are the favorite choices for a stained look. Waterproof vinyl products are also available for use above kitchen sinks or in shower stalls.

Once the material as been selected, the louver size is chosen. Louvers are the blades that rotate to open and close the shutter. The most popular louver sizes are 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 inch. The 3 1/2 inch has a more traditional decorating feel while still offering a nice view. The 4 1/2 inch is more contemporary and is used by consumers who have a spectacular view, or who want to keep the room as open and light as possible. Consumers looking for a truly unique look can select from louver sizes ranging from the traditional 1 1/4 inches to the plantation's 6 1/2 inches.

Finally, consumers should take special care when selecting a company to build their shutters. Unfortunately there are a number of here-today-gone-tomorrow businesses that are in it for a quick buck, and not concern with quality products or future service to their customers. Consumers should look for a company that has its roots well established in the community and a history of providing not only high quality and professional products, but also high quality professional service.

Stanfield Shutter has provided all of these products and services to the residents of Utah for over 60 years. For more information, you can call them at (801) 467-8823, visit them on the web at, or e-mail them at