What are the different types of shaped shutters?

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 06 May 2022 Updated: 25 March 2024

Shaped shutters

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

What are shaped shutters?

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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.

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What different types of shaped shutters are there?

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What different types of shaped shutters are there?

The shape of a 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.

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Shape summary

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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 our white painted wood version, so it’s really down to the shape you need in conjunction with any practical considerations of the room.

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Popular shapes – Gable end

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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.

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Gable ends with doors

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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 then 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.

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Arched

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Arched

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 blinds. 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.

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Angled

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Angled

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 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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Bay window shutters

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Bay window shutters

While not a shape in the strictest sense of the word, bay window shutters are often referred to as shaped shutters. A bay window can be awkward to find the right window dressings for, not because the windows themselves are odd shaped windows but because the overall shape needs to dressed as a whole, rather than as individual windows. We use a unique pole system with our bay window shutters to offer you a wide range of options.

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Summary

A standard rectangular shutter is a frequent sight whether in exterior window shutters or internal shutters, but there's much more to shutters than a simple rectangle or square. Whether you opt for plantation shutters, wooden shutters, louvred shutters or something else, special shaped shutters are the ideal way to dress shaped windows to really make the most of the feature and the window shutter choices available are as numerous as the windows themselves.

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