Shutter Configurations: Shutter Speak – Part 2

Shutter configurations is the next topic in our Shutter Speak Series. Part 1 covered the parts that make up a shutter panel, such as the louvres, headrails, flush bolts and so on. And we touched on shutter frames, but we’ll cover that in more detail later.

Right now, we’ll explore some common shutter configurations.

Hinged Shutters

Our first configuration is the most simple and the name says it all. The shutter panels attach to the frame with hinges, much like a cupboard door. As you tug on the ring pull, the shutter swings towards you and folds back against the wall.

See how this configuration works on a standard window with two shutter panels in the image below. One panel opens to the left, and the other panel to the right.

It also works with two smaller panels per side, which join together with hinges. In this case, one set of panels opens to the left and the other set to the right.

Hinged Shutters Single Panel

Hinged Shutters Single Panel Open

Bifold Shutters

This configuration is best for larger openings with more than two panels. And it works well in instances where you want your shutters to fold away from the opening completely. We recommend installing Bifold shutters across sliding doors.

And like sliding doors, the shutters panels are top hung from a sliding track. They stack up at a 90° angle but may you can configure them to minimise the amount of space they take up.

When it comes to folding and stacking, bifold shutters are versatile. You can either stack all the panels to one side, or split them in even and uneven numbers. You can even extend the top rail to allow the panels to slide right into a corner so they don’t protrude into the room at all.

Bifold Shutters Semi-Closed

Bifold Shutters Open


Bypass Shutters

Here the shutter panels slide past each other to allow access to the opening. You can use bypass shutters as room dividers or anywhere you want to create a private space.

The panels hang from a track at the top and a track in the floor guides the wheel at the bottom of each shutter panel. Operating on different tracks, the panels slide past (or bypass) each other and stack up at either end. 

If you have space, the panels can slide past the opening altogether, give you full access to the opening.

Bifold Shutters Top Rail

Bifold Shutters Bottom Rail

Shutter Configurations & Panel Width

The size of the opening and the width of the shutter panels determine the configuration. Your sales consultant will tell you what works best to suit the space and your taste. If large panels will look awkward on a small opening, opt for more panels, but make them narrower.

The key is to find a balance between aesthetics and practicality. You want shutters that will give you the style you desire and work for decades.

To get the technical specifications (including maximum and minimum panel width) read these articles on our Decorative Aluminium Shutters and Security Shutters.

Choose an Experienced Shutter Manufacturer

Shutters are a big investment and the only window treatment that you’ll never have to replace. It makes sense then that you’ll want to work with a shutter company that has proven itself in the industry.

House of Supreme has spent more than twenty years manufacturing and installing shutters. And since we started in 1999, we’ve grown to open more branches all over South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit and most recently, The Garden Route.

With dedicated sales consultants and highly-trained installers, we are the window treatment specialists. Call your nearest branch of House of Supreme to schedule a consultation today.