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Blinded by the Light: The Difference Between Blinds and Shutters

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

If your windows are currently bare and you’re looking to cover them for privacy and light control, then you’ll likely be weighing up your options between blinds and shutters. But, what exactly is the difference between them?

Though both are used for similar purposes, blinds and shutters each offer their own advantages over the other, so it is worth considering these before making your decision in order to go with the option that best suits your needs and requirements.

Read on below as we highlight the differences between the two and discuss each in more detail to help you make your decision.

Shutters vs Blinds: The Differences

Though both perform similar functions, the primary difference between shutters and blinds is their structure. Blinds are typically fixed to the top (or sometimes the inside) of your window recess, with the ability to then be pulled across vertically or down horizontally in the case of venetian blinds (which have thin slats than can then be opened or closed), or just horizontally in the case of roman and roller blinds (which use a single sheet of material).

As for shutters, these are permanently fixed to the sides of the window frame itself with metal fittings, and are made of solid slats (typically wood or vinyl) that can open and close. This makes them a more permanent option in comparison to blinds, which can be more easily changed.


Since shutters are made from hard materials, they tend to be highly durable and long-lasting, making them a great permanent investment for your home that can even increase curb appeal and add to its value.

Not only do the slats of the shutters allow you to easily control the amount of light entering your room, but these are also great for providing privacy when you need it and even increase the security of your home by adding another layer of protection that blinds don’t. To increase this even further, you may even choose to install locks on your shutters, so that you can benefit from having your windows open in the hot months whilst keeping your shutters locked and secure - acting as a deterrent to potential intruders.

They are also great for homes with young children, since there is no need for cords or chains that otherwise present as a safety hazard.


Whilst shutters are seen as a worthy long-lasting investment, part of the appeal of blinds is that, opposingly, they are easier to change or upgrade. This is partly down to them being more affordable, making them an effective choice when you’re adhering to a strict budget.

They also come in many different materials, colours, styles and designs, which makes them a great option to suit any style of interior design and personal preferences. They also tend to create a much softer look than shutters do, which is often more favourable for bedrooms.

Depending on the style you get, blinds also give you the ability to control the amount of light entering your space, if not more so than shutters do.

The Blind Guy

If you're looking for a shutter or blind installation for your home in Glasgow, then you need The Blind Guy. Our blinds and shutters are made to measure, meaning you can get the perfect fit for your windows, no matter their size or style.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for your free consultation and no-obligation quote.

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