All window shutters are made with slats or louvres. Both the terms slats and louvers both refer to the movable horizontal pieces of wood which form the major part of the shutter panel. Slats are available in a range of sizes, usually between 2.5 and 4.5 inches wide. With all the different sizes, though, how are you supposed to choose the right size slat for the window shutters on your Raleigh, NC home?
When thinking about slat size, you need to think about four main things: recess depth, proportions, style, and natural light, as each plays an important factor in the slat size that’s best for your home.
You need to make sure your slats have enough room to operate, so you need to take recess depth into consideration. Make sure there is enough room for the slats to make a full open rotation without hitting an obstruction like hardware, locks or handles or hitting the window glass. There needs to be at least ¾ of an inch depth. For example, 3-inch slats need at least 2.75 inches of depth. There are ways to add extra depth, such as using an inside mount L-frame and pulling it out past the edge of the window or using an outside mount.
You also need to consider how the slat size will look when compared to your window. You don’t want giant slats on a tiny window, or tiny slats on a giant window. For example, a very tall window would look impressive with large slats but would look too busy with small slats. However, if you plan on using a tier on tier style shutter or adding a mid-rail you can probably get away with smaller slats on a tall window. If you’re completely lost on what size to use, 3.5 inches is a happy medium that will look good on most window sizes.
Think about home style when choosing slat size. Wider slats look more modern as they have fewer lines and more visibility. Smaller slats are more suited for colonial, cottage or traditional home décor. Slat size doesn’t matter when the slats are fully closed, but it does matter when the shutter panels are closed but the slats are open because of natural light. Smaller slats will keep out more sunlight and offer more privacy when completely or partially open, while larger slats allow for greater visibility and more natural light when open.
There are both pros and cons to large and small slat sizes alike, so all that matters is that you’re happy with the size and that they work with your needs and preferences. If you’re not sure what size you need or want to learn more about your options for your Raleigh, NC window shutters, Kiwi Designs, Fine Blinds & Shutters is here to help! We offer a wide range of window covering services as well as expert advice. Please stop by and visit our showroom located at 1785 NW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513, or give us a call at (919) 380-0898.