What are the different types of shaped shutters?

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 06 May 2022 Updated: 23 May 2022

Shaped shutters

Shaped windows are an eye catching feature but they can be tricky to work with. Read on to see how our shaped shutters can provide the ideal solution.

What are shaped shutters?

A shaped shutter simply refers to any shutter that’s not the traditional rectangular shape that’s usually seen at standard windows.

What different types of shaped shutters are there?

The shape of shutter partly depends on whether you choose wood or vinyl, but there’s a wide variety of different shapes available that can work across your entire home.

White coloured shutters are shaped to fit a gable end window in a bedroom decorated in white and grey

Shape summary

Our Burley and Rockbourne shutters offer several variations on three different shapes – triangular, arched and circular, while our vinyl Waterberry range features additional variations to triangular and arched. And thanks to the specialist manufacturing used, there’s little visual difference between vinyl and wood, so it’s really down to the shape you need in conjunction with any practical considerations of the room.

White arch shaped shutters fitted to rectangular windows in a bedroom that is decorated in blue and grey

Popular shapes – Gable end

A gable end window is a striking feature in any home and is an extremely popular choice for extended spaces, which often have multiple functions to fulfil. With such large expanses of glass, not to mention the height, gable ends can present a challenge when it comes to window furnishings, and shutters are an excellent solution.

White coloured shutters fitted to a gable shaped window in a white decorated bedroom

Gable ends with doors

Because our shutters are bespoke, we can custom make them to suit the space, so if your gable end also features doors then we can craft tracked shutters that allow full functionality to the doors and dress the shaped section of the gable separately. Dependant on the height involved, an additional set of shutters may also be necessary between the lower doors or window and the upper shape and this can add further visual interest.


There’s something quite serene about the flowing curve of an arched window and it’s an unusual shape that you really don’t want to cover up with curtains or blinds, and shaped shutters really make the most of it. The lightflow through arched windows can create some truly beautiful effects with tilted louvres while still allowing you total control over it. And of course, one of the real pluses of shutters is that come evening you can simply close it all up for total privacy and you’ll still be able to appreciate the elegantly shaped feature.


Angled windows are a far more common feature than you might think, and can appear in a variety of different settings.
A sloping ceiling line can often make the corner of a room a bit of a dead space, even if there’s plenty of height, as with this image. Bespoke shutters crafted to work with this right angled window and additional shutters to the lower windows help transform this space into a peaceful reading or relaxation nook, and the fully adjustable louvres on both sets ensure you won’t be bothered by glare or bright sunlight.

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