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Half Circle Windows?

I have awesome floor to ceiling windows, but whats with the half circle at the top? What options do I have?

Half Circle Windows?

Half Circle Windows, or Round Top Windows were very popular in the US 20-25 years ago. They are a great touch to any room with tall ceilings and in entry halls. Many times a person will move into a home with round top windows, and find that there are no blinds! These are cool windows, but the sunlight is too much. 

If the previous homeowner took the blinds with them, there are options. There are some different blind options for these type of windows. A basic design is a type of blind that resembles an old hand fan. These are great for minimizing sunlight, are a more cost effective option and come in a variety of materials and colors. 

Another option are the Sunburst Shutters, custom from Kirtz Shutters. This amazing design is perfect for Half Circle Windows. Not only will it be a custom fit for your particular window, but it is also fully functional as well. The curved rod on the Kirtz Sunburst Shutter allows all of the louvers to move together in unison. As with all of Kirtz Shutters, they are completely custom from the design to the color!

If you are wondering about this, and other custom shutters, reach out to the folks at Kirtz Shutters, the best in Oklahoma!

 

Problems with mini blinds

What is a typical make ready step maintenance staff performs when turning an apartment? Replacing the blinds! In this article we will discuss some of the problems with mini blinds, and alternative options.

Problems with mini blinds

Mini blinds were designed with the DIY in mind. They are relatively easy to install, and are a cost effective solution. However, you do get what you pay for in the end, and mini blinds aren’t without their drawbacks.

  • Durability – If you have children, or have seen children with mini blinds, you can imagine! Mini blind slats are quite flimsy, and can be pulled out of place easily. If a slat is bent, it will likely have a permanent crease. Another issue is that the cord can become easily tangled.  Also, if you have pets that like to chew on things, mini blinds make a great chew toy!
  • Cleaning – Constant cleaning is another one of the problems. If dusting is your dream, it will come true if you have mini blinds. They are notorious for collecting dust. Depending on the types of foods you cook, or if someone is a smoker, this could cause discoloration, staining and grease build up.
  • Options – Among these other problems, when it comes to selection, your options are limited. If you have a room with a custom color, it may be difficult to find mini blinds in the color that you need. It’s almost as if you need to pick blinds first, the design the room around that!

However, custom wooden shutters built specifically for your windows, is the best way to go. They do everything mini blinds can do and more. Plus, they’re way more durable. Cleaning is a breeze and the list of options increases dramatically!  Reach out to  the folks a Kirtz Shutters, they are pros at what they do!

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Custom Plantation Shutters For Octagon Shaped Windows

Plantation Shutters: Octagon Shutters

Small octagon shaped windows are often added to compact areas that need just a little light. Areas such as entryway foyers are often perfectly adorned with these cute, little windows and while this stylistic choice isn’t a bad idea, there may be times that the homeowner wishes to control the flow of light coming through. It may be daunting to think about covering that window up, because getting just the right window treatment is a must. Consider plantation shutters as your treatment option! Kirtz® custom shaped shutters for octagon windows are a fantastic option with many colors and finishes to choose from.

Not only are Kirtz® octagon shaped plantation shutters architecturally designed to fit every inch of the window perfectly, but they’re aesthetically pleasing, as well. These custom-crafted hardwood shutters are like pieces of artwork in themselves as they lend a touch of elegance to your octagon windows.

As an added bonus, the louvers are actually functional providing practical privacy and light control. By having the option to open, close, or half-way open the louvers you’ll have complete control over the sunlight entering your space. Imagine enjoying the bright sunrise in the morning and being able to close out the overbearing rays by mid afternoon.

So, if you love the home you’ve purchased and you loved those octagon windows, but you weren’t crazy about them being exposed then look no further than plantation shutters for your solution. As with any of our plantation shutters, we’ll make sure the wood type matches any other elements you may have in your home.

We’re up for the challenge of making your octagon windows look superb with a treatment that sure to stun! If you would like to know more about Kirtz® custom shaped plantation shutters, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.

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Top Reasons To Install Plantation Shutters: Part 2

4 Reasons To Consider Plantation Shutters

There are many significant reasons to choose plantation shutters over drapes or mini-blinds. In part one of this series we talked about 4 of those reasons. Aside from the fact that Kirtz® has an obsession with pursuing perfection in every handcrafted shutter, we have a few more compelling reasons you should consider plantation shutters for your next window treatment design.

1.) They allow ventilation.
When you want to let the fresh air inside and maintain your privacy at the same time, plantation shutters do the trick. Not only can you adjust the louvers for maximum privacy and control the light coming in, but you can also open up the windows to let the air flow in for maximum ventilation. As an added bonus, you don’t have to listen to the rattling of mini-blinds due to the air flow as the louvers don’t move in the wind!

2.) They are a safer option.
Shutters don’t have dangling cords or strings that your children can get tangled up in. This makes them a safer alternative than blinds or drapes for families with small children and babies.

3.) They add home value.
If the home you build has plantation shutters installed it brings added value to the home in that the re-sale value increases. These lovely shutters are appealing to new home buyers and they may certainly help your home sell quicker.

4.) They are aesthetically pleasing. 
Simply put, plantation shutters are beautiful. They also come in a variety of sizes and finishes as well as mounting options. As an interior design choice, you can’t go wrong by selecting real wood shutters! What’s more fabulous is that they never go out of style.

If you don’t need another second to decide that plantation shutters are right for your next home project, feel free to give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455!