We recently caught up with local customer, Nicola Younger from West Wickham, who came to us during our 2022 early bird winter sale looking for interior window shutters for the front windows of her three-bed semi, plus a large bedroom window at the back. Being a light sleeper, Nicola also wanted to add an integrated blind to her bedroom shutters to maximise room darkening. We asked Nicola to share her entire customer experience with us in her own words, and this is what she told us:
Why did you choose plantation shutters for your home?
‘I’m not going to lie, until recently, window shutters were never on my home improvement list. I have always been a traditional kind of girl that just loves a pair of curtains, and I have always felt that you need curtains to ‘dress’ a room and create that cosy, homely feeling. How wrong I have been all these years!
Like so many people, the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 made me very home conscious. Spending so much time at home, coupled with welcoming a puppy into our household and bringing up two young children, has meant the wear and tear of our home has progressed much quicker than expected in recent years! On top of that, the cost-of-living crisis and hike in energy prices has urged our family to investigate ways of improving thermal efficiency at home in a bid to keep our heating bills as low as possible.
Our house is also south-facing, which we love because our living room gets flooded with natural light. However, this did bring its challenges, particularly with young children who constantly close the curtains to keep the sunlight from obscuring their much-loved electronic devices! Plus, it meant that during summer the living room was sweltering and we were only able to improve this by closing the curtains, which meant losing the light and restricting air flow. The sunlight also took its toll on our furniture and soft furnishings too.
Lots of our friends, neighbours, and work colleagues have had window shutters installed in recent years and, having seen how fresh and homely they look first-hand, we decided to research further. ShuttersUp were recommended to us by several friends and, after I saw a Facebook post from them at Christmas time about how shutters are the best window dressing for reducing heat loss, I made the call.’