For those of you following along on our window covering journey on Instagram, you would have seen that we decided on shutters and couldn’t be happier with the result.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty before I give you all the details:
Shutters: The Shutter Department
Measurement video we used: watch here
Installation video we used: watch here – please note they have other installation videos depending on the type of window you have
So..when we first moved into our home after it was built (three years ago now), we had shutters, the sheer curtain and roller blinds professionally installed throughout the house. I remember this costing us a fortune but at the time, I wasn’t aware of any other options and it seemed like a necessity for electricity saving purposes so we went ahead.
This year, we decided to have some cabinetry installed in the spare bedrooms that we omitted when we moved in as the rooms aren’t of regular use. We’re slowly starting to think about starting a family and building our dream home, so wanted to finish our current home completely so we received a better rental return.
In one of the rooms, I had a cupboard and a window seat installed, which meant I couldn’t hang sheer curtains over the ugly roller blinds we had in there. Our only option was to just keep the roller blind or go for a shutter. I absolutely love the look of shutters and have always said that our dream home will have a shutter on every window but they’re extremely expensive. From memory, we paid about $5,000 for the four shutters we do have. I thought I would get a quote from the same company regardless and it came back at $1,200 for the one window, ON SALE.
That really turned me off and I started to look into alternatives. I did some research and found that there were a fair few companies that manufactured shutters to size but the measure and install was up to the customer, hence making them about half the price.
I was quite set on this option and proceeded to do further research on how hard it would be to install, what we’d need etc. The Shutters Department by far had the most comprehensive website and video tutorial of measurement and installation. This gave me a lot more confidence. I could get an online quote before I placed any sort of order so I knew exactly how much it was going to cost and they sent out samples free of charge so I could compare colours.
After I ordered, they called me numerous times to check on the condition of the shutters upon arrival, how installation was coming along etc. Their helpline is simply fantastic.
Installation took about 40 minutes and was very easy. The shutter frames click in to form the outside so you’re not putting anything together but more so screwing the frame to the window and the shutter doors come fully assembled and you just slide them into the provided hinges.
The instruction videos provided on the website are incredibly helpful and their helpline is second to none, so if you get stuck, they are a phone-call away.
We have only done the one thus far, but if we had to do it again, I think it would take about 20 minutes per window once you know what you’re doing.
Just be sure to deliver them to the address of where you will be installing them – I had ours delivered to my work address and then had to borrow my mums huge car because they wouldn’t fit haha.
DIY window seat cushion
We had the window seat base installed by the cabinet maker. I’ve always wanted one of these so I was really excited to have a little nap corner. It’s deceptively large so I can comfortably sleep on it.
Anyway, here’s how we made the cushion.
- Staple gun
- Mdf board
- Choice of fabric
I had the piece of mdf cut to size at Bunnings so we could just staple directly into it without having to cut a piece.
Lay the piece of mdf flat on the floor and top it with the foam piece. Line them up.
Cover the foam in the wadding and staple one side. Then stretch the wadding over and staple the other side. I spaced out my staples quite sporadically because I knew the fabric part would also be stapled.
Flip the seat over and cover it in your choice of fabric. Make it as straight as possible to remove any marks and start stapling.
Cut away any excess fabric and fold at the corners to get a neat edge.