As we’ve said on multiple occasions – plantation shutters come with multiple customisation options that really tailor the solution to your home. Today we’re talking about why you may want a hidden split in your shutters – featuring photos from our recent installations in Haywards Heath and Bromley.
Aside from demonstrating how beautiful shutters look from the outside, the above photo from last weekend probably best illustrates the benefits of a hidden split. Can you see it? On the ground floor of this new build home the louvers at top of the window are horizontal, letting in as much light as possible, but the louvers at the bottom are slightly closed – the shutter is split halfway down. However if the whole shutter were completely closed, or completely open, the split wouldn’t be apparent – thus a hidden split.
Plantation shutters with a hidden split are usually found on full height shutters as smaller shutters are usually flexible enough without the additional split. Especially on larger windows a hidden split provides more flexibility rather than having a whole window filled with louvers all facing the same direction.
A hidden split can be added anywhere along a shutter for no extra cost – you could even split your shutter in multiple places if you wanted to. The point of this addition is to decrease the trade off between light and privacy – in the bedroom above you can close the bottom of the window when you’re getting dressed or sleeping while the top third of the window remains open as an early morning alarm clock.
However, although adding a hidden split will not increase your cost having a hidden tilt rod will – and as you can see most customers do choose to have a hidden tilt rod with a hidden split. What’s a visible tilt rod? You might hear it referred to as ‘the stick in the middle’ which you can see on most classic plantation shutter installations. The additional cost is because with a hidden tilt rod the mechanism that moves the louvres is built into the frame of the window which is slightly more labour intensive than attaching a tilt rod.
The most usual use of a hidden split in plantation shutters is to keep the bottom of the room hidden from passers-by. Hidden splits can be put in at just the right height to conceal seated guests – even better you can tilt them in order to angle the light into the room rather than closing it out completely as you can see in the photo above.
Don’t like the hidden tilt system? You can still break up your shutters – mid-rails, cafe style shutters or tier on tier shutters are all solutions that give you greater control over where the light from the shutters enters your home.
Not sure if a hidden split is right for your windows? We offer a free measure and consultation service which allows us to take detailed measurements of your windows and make any suggestions we believe are appropriate based on the style of your windows and your personal concerns. If you’re interested in our consultation service or want to know more about how a hidden split works in different types of window then get in contact with us today!