Cafe Style Shutters

Cafe style shutters are an incredibly versatile option for your home. They cover the lower half of your window, leaving the top half clear for natural light to flood through.

Ideal for rooms that are overlooked, cafe shutters offer privacy from passers-by, whilst still giving you daylight and a view.

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What are cafe style window shutters?

Cafe shutters only cover the lower half of your window. This leaves the top half clear to allow natural light to enter the room. These practical window shutters give you the best of both worlds. You get privacy from passers-by but can also enjoy a bright, sunny room. Cafe style window shutters are a smart and stylish solution for your home, particularly if you live on a busy street.

Why are they called cafe shutters?

These half-height shutters are traditionally seen in Parisian cafes and restaurants. As such, they have a typically French, traditional look that adds a chic, continental feel to your room.

The reason they’re used in cafes? It’s all about the magical mix of light and privacy. As most cafes are situated on busy streets, the need for privacy is high. Customers can enjoy their coffee or meal in peace from the outside world but still benefit from the light and sunshine flooding in through the upper half of the window.

Are cafe shutters the same as half window shutters?

Yes, this is another term that is commonly used to refer to cafe style shutters. The traditional cafe shutter is a half window shutter that is designed to cover the bottom section of the window only. The upper half of the window is left clear, allowing natural light to stream through. They have fantastic kerb appeal and give that all-important element of privacy for houses facing busy roads.

cafe style shutters

Will they work with bay windows?

Cafe shutters are perfectly suited to bay windows. As bay windows are such a light-enhancing feature, it is a shame to hide them behind heavy curtains and drapes. A half window shutter is an ideal solution to highlight your traditional bay window. The cafe style shutter will give you the privacy you need on the lower half, and still allow you to enjoy the beauty of your bay windows, letting the light shine in as intended.

The styling of the shutters is also ideally suited to Victorian and Edwardian homes, blending in seamlessly with the period features. This makes cafe shutters one of the top choices in the UK.

Will they work with sash windows?

Yes. Cafe style shutters will fit beautifully in your traditional sash windows. Commonly found in Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian terrace properties, the original box sash window is complemented perfectly by cafe shutters. They offer a stylish alternative to net curtains, giving privacy, insulation and light. Whether you choose traditional or portobello shutters, they will add a chic, sophisticated finish to your room.

As we make all our window shutters to order, you can rest assured that your cafe shutters will fit your sash windows to perfection.

Do cafe style shutters let in more light?

Yes, this is one of the main reasons people opt for cafe shutters. While full height shutters give some flexibility to the amount of light and air entering the room, the cafe shutter provides optimal daylight. Tier on tier shutters give even more flexibility to the amount of privacy and light required, but none match the cafe style shutter for the full natural light experience.

The benefits of natural light have been well-documented. From improved sleep to increased vitamin D and the avoidance of seasonal depression, daylight is a proven boost for the system. However, as Architect Magazine states, people in cities spend up to 90% of their lives indoors. It’s time to let in the light.

cafe style shutters bay window

Do they maintain your view?

This is one of the main concerns about shutters. People worry that they will lose the view from their windows. However, even if you’re installing room darkening or solid shutters, shutters, this doesn’t need to be the case. The fact is, window shutters are incredibly flexible and can be endlessly adjusted to suit your needs.

However, it remains true that cafe style shutters will, by design, retain your view of the outside world. You’ll have the full privacy afforded by the lower-level shutters and still be able to catch a glimpse of the passing view.

Do they give greater privacy?

If you want absolute privacy, you can keep the lower slats of your cafe shutters completely closed. This will ensure that passers-by will be unable to see into your home. The beauty of half window shutters is that you’ll still keep that airy, bright feel, even though the shutters are completely closed.

It is worth remembering that you may need to add curtains for full privacy in the evenings. For this reason, cafe shutters are not recommended for bathrooms or ground floor bedrooms.

Which rooms are cafe shutters recommended for?

Cafe style shutters are particularly suited to communal rooms such as kitchens, living rooms, lounges and studies. Any front facing room which overlooks the street or neighbouring properties will benefit from cafe shutters. They are also ideal for first floor bedrooms, which are not overlooked from above. Combined with curtains, this can be the ideal solution for privacy and natural light.

Half window shutters are a popular choice for offices. They give staff privacy from passing traffic, while also allowing in daylight for a pleasant working environment. Cafe style shutters UK are a contemporary yet practical solution for a range of office spaces.

Can you combine cafe style shutters with curtains?

Yes indeed. This is a very popular option with many homeowners. The practical nature of cafe style window shutters means they work beautifully in conjunction with a range of window dressings. White window shutters are a very popular colour choice. This means they will blend with any colour scheme or interior design style, allowing you to put your personal stamp on the room.

Do they cost less than full height shutters?

When considering the cafe style shutters price, it’s worth noting that they are less expensive than full height plantation shutters, or tier on tier styles. However, this price point should not be your only reason for choosing cafe shutters. The real beauty of these versatile shutters lies in their ability to combine privacy and light to maximum effect.

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A P
A P
12:35 10 Jun 21
I could not recommend American Shutters enough, Tom and the team are super professional, everything arrived on time, Gary & Roberto the fitters were brilliant, the product is great and has completely finished the style of my house. Thank you.
Amanda C-S
Amanda C-S
14:40 06 Jun 21
A really 5* service and product. There is an excellent choice of shutter styles and colours and we were kept informed throughout the order process of how long it would take for our shutters to arrive. Roberto arrived punctually on the agreed day and did a very professional job fitting the shutters. We are absolutely delighted with the result which gives both shade and privacy. They finish off the room perfectly and look as though they will last forever!
Rory C-S
Rory C-S
12:07 04 Jun 21
Superb set of shutters and great service from a very professional team. Absolutely no complaints & love the look of them. Very happy - thank you.
Scott Holland
Scott Holland
11:13 03 Jun 21
Thank you to everyone at American Shutters, we absolutely love our new shutters. All around top class service from start to finish. Linda in the office was great and Gary the fitter provided a superb service with top class craftsmanship. Highly recommend.
Cecilia Bredin
Cecilia Bredin
13:34 27 May 21
Excellent service from first consultation until the end. We had a problem with our windows but Tom and Gary fixed them for us so we are very grateful and most importantly, we love our shutters! Fantastic quality and beautiful look. Highly recommend them.
Sian Thomas
Sian Thomas
09:47 14 May 21
So impressed with American Shutters. From the initial call, to measure, to installation. They are professional, informative and really know their stuff. I have some very unusually shaped windows and the bespoke shutters I've had made for them are the perfect window dressing and look so beautiful. I've just placed an order for my other property... I wouldn't use anyone else for shutters!
Debbie Cotton
Debbie Cotton
13:48 10 May 21
I have used American Shutters several times now at different properties and have always been very impressed with the friendly but totally professional service provided. Excellent advice at first visit and most importantly the finished result has always been perfect. The last project was a tricky one with an awkwardly shaped window but the shutters look fabulous and as if they were built into the original opening.
Mark Gabbertas
Mark Gabbertas
09:02 06 May 21
Nick and Myriam Whalley
Nick and Myriam Whalley
07:23 23 Apr 21
A splendid work carried out by American Shutters.Tom was very professional and made the task of choosing what goes best easier. Roberto, installed the shutters very efficiently, he was kind, polite and careful.The end result exceeded our expectations.We can highly recommend American Shutters.
Rupert Stephenson
Rupert Stephenson
12:46 22 Apr 21
There's a very good reason why there are so many five star reviews on Google for American Shutters. They are a very friendly and professional company. From the moment we placed our order with Tom to the moment they were installed by Roberto, the whole team are a pleasure to deal with and the shutters are of a very high quality. 5* service -I would highly recommended American Shutters without reservation.
Pamela Peacock
Pamela Peacock
17:36 20 Apr 21
Absolutely delighted with these shutters, expertly fitted, nothing was too much trouble. After service excellent and I have no hesitation in highly recommending these.
Optik Leisure
Optik Leisure
11:58 20 Apr 21
Over the years Optik Leisure have used the services of American Shutters on various projects.I would highly recommend this company and confirm that their level of service and craftmanship is second to none.Nick Perrin - MD
May Wong
May Wong
10:16 14 Apr 21
Classic and quality shutters and blinds. I have worked with them for over 10 years installing shutters and blinds for every property I had worked on. They provide excellent service and easy to work with.
Bradley Love
Bradley Love
10:01 14 Apr 21
Professional, high-quality product, proper fit. No issues after a couple years post installation.
Ben Longrigg
Ben Longrigg
09:44 14 Apr 21
Great quality shutters and amazing customer service throughout the whole process. Had my shutters for many years now and they still look as good as new, durable shutters with a superb finish. Planning to order more and would highly recommend to friends and family.
D Gore
D Gore
09:31 14 Apr 21
American Shutters is the continuation of a company I first started using in 1992. While the owners have changed the ethos, professionalism and attention to detail has not. I have always been impressed with the quality of shutters, the speed of service and the efficient responses to enquiries. There are many shutter companies in business and one can find cheaper solutions. I have seen the issues friends and family have faced when using other companies. I chose to go for quality and it has served us well for almost 30 years.
Katia Mauger
Katia Mauger
09:08 14 Apr 21
Fantastic service and very happy with the product! Thank you very much.
Jack Mundell
Jack Mundell
16:41 13 Apr 21
Kate Fismer
Kate Fismer
14:08 13 Apr 21
The American Shutter Team were friendly, professional and great from start to finish! From prompt communication and response to measure up - they do a great job. Highly recommended and a beautiful product.
Tony King
Tony King
12:48 13 Apr 21
A big & hearty thank you to the entire team at American Shutters. The professionalism and attention to detail shown was critical to my wife & I realising our “shutter dream”. Tom’s design visit initially posed more questions than answers as he guided us through a veritable myriad of styles & finish options. We were impressed & confident our vision was in safe hands. Eventually, and after a robust exchange of views we settled on a traditional painted finish both upstairs & downstairs with the summer house in poplar from the Driftwood range. Delighted with the end result is an understatement. The installation went without a hitch & the sensitivity to COVID protocols was commendable. A true credit to British industry, keep up the good work.
sophie dexter
sophie dexter
12:15 13 Apr 21
We used American shutters for the whole of our last house and so didn't hesitate to contact them when we moved recently. They have always been highly professional and I love the look of our shutters - with the wider blade that i prefer. They were very helpful about a feature round window and we now have a unique round shutter. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Sensible pricing too.
Julia Lea
Julia Lea
11:10 13 Apr 21
American shutters installed plantation shutters for us in two bay windows over twenty years ago and they still look great. I have just contacted them to install more shutters to three bedroom windows.
Jessica Warman
Jessica Warman
12:54 05 Apr 21
We have been contemplating swapping our slatted blinds for some window shutters for some time now, and have finally taken the plunge and are going for it!Although I have known of Tom for years through friends of friends, I cannot praise ALL of the team at American Shutters highly enough for their help in the whole process. From Tom taking my first call, to Linda arranging Tom’s diary to come to our home to measure, follow up calls, etc. So excited to get them installed after a couple of years discussing it!American Shutters have not disappointed – give them a call!
Francesca d'Arcangeli
Francesca d'Arcangeli
14:45 03 Apr 21
American Shutters were a real pleasure to work with in understanding what my options would be. I am so looking forward to having my shutters installed. A big thank you to Tom Longrigg and the team for their amazing support!
Mark Henrick
Mark Henrick
08:42 01 Apr 21
I have employed Tom twice to fit these high quality shutters. He and his fitters always complete a thoroughly professional job from measuring up to fitting. The investment is worthwhile for the finished product.
Daniel Denham
Daniel Denham
07:46 31 Mar 21
Fantastic, personal support and care, thank you.
Caroline Hartley
Caroline Hartley
10:55 28 Mar 21
Thank you Tom for my fantastic tier on tier shutters! Great service - efficient and friendly.
stephen westbrook
stephen westbrook
11:26 27 Mar 21
We have dealt with Tom on a few of our own projects as well as on client jobs. The fact that we are repeat business speaks volumes as to:1. The great product2. The fantastic levels of customer service.We run a construction and development business and have high expectations of all our suppliers. Tom and the team always meet and exceed these.I should add that I do not often post recommendations so this carries a lot of meaning to me.
harriet barbir
harriet barbir
19:07 26 Mar 21
I always liked shutters but was a bit apprehensive about which company to use so after a bit of internet searching came across American Shutters. I’m so glad I did. The first shutters I had installed were cafe type and looked really great and they have now been in place 13 years . The colour has not faded and they are still in perfect condition and look as new. I’ve since had the first floor and second floors fitted with American shutters and am very happy with them and highly recommend this company. Their fitter comes to measure and also installs them and has done a great job. The latest shutters were fitted to replace blinds that had faded. Good news - these shutters don’t fade and are proving more economical in the long run. Plus they suit any decor. They were also fitted during the pandemic and their fitter adheres to COVID safeguards while working.
Victoria
Victoria
18:52 26 Mar 21
We had American Shutters fit shutters in our living room this week, 2 smaller windows and a large window. I was so impressed with the service they provided from start to finish. The shutters look amazing, I was worried how it would look on a smaller window but I think I like them the best! Fantastic company, I will definitely use them again and recommend to everyone.
richard powell
richard powell
18:09 26 Mar 21
Transformed our home, looks wonderful. Nice balance of natural light and privacy. Couldn't believe how easy it was!
Richard Tuck
Richard Tuck
16:37 26 Mar 21
Great product.....Service provided by Tom and his team from quotation to installation has been first rate !! Many thanks indeed Rich
Joe Somers
Joe Somers
14:15 21 Mar 21
We have just had American Shutters installed in an office and a bedroom at our home.The installation by Roberto was very professional. Apart from the shutters he left no trace of having been to my home!The shutters have transformed both rooms. They are of excellent quality. They provide perfect amount of blackout for the bedroom and allow adjustable shade in a bright south facing office during the day and total privacy at night.The shutters give both rooms a clean sophisticated finish.I am extremely happy with the service I have received from American Shutters and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Felicity McCallum
Felicity McCallum
18:03 19 Mar 21
Thank you to American Shutters for transforming my office into a light but private space - perfect for looking out onto a main road. Will make working from home all the more enjoyable! Measuring and fitting experiences from Tom and Gary were as straightforward as I could have hoped for. Definitely a 5 star service!
J Paine
J Paine
11:50 19 Mar 21
We have been using Tom and his team for over a decade in our home. Many sets of shutters later, they have never disappointed. Excellent quality, always consistent, impeccable fitting service and extremely nice people to deal with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend American Shutters.
Beverley Dye
Beverley Dye
11:06 19 Mar 21
We have moved houses on several occasions, once abroad and each time have used American Shutters. The team are fast, friendly, efficient and understand color schemes. Houses have varied from period to contemporary and the shutters have varied from small slats to large to solid. Recently I had a problem with one of my shutters closing and Tom was there same day to correct it and this was 5 years after having them installed. I can honestly say the only company I would ever use for shutters is AMERICAN SHUTTERS.
Holly McGhie
Holly McGhie
10:54 19 Mar 21
So unbelievably impressed. Felt very comfortable with them from start to finish. Lovely, professional company. Thank you.
Julian Kimberley
Julian Kimberley
13:48 11 Mar 21
Window shutters.I asked Tom at American Shutters to measure and install a set of shutters in our bedroom at home and due to the very unusual shape of the cathedral style window, it was a difficult and complicated undertaking. The result was simply fantastic. The fit and operation is perfect and the aesthetic look and quality of the shutters is quite simply exceptional. I will most definitely use Tom and American Shutters again in the future and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Tom and the American Shutter Company to anyone.
Dom H
Dom H
15:14 10 Mar 21
Thoroughly professional experience. From the initial meeting to choose product and measure to the tidy up after the installation. The service and product are excellent and the price point competitive.
Selina Russell
Selina Russell
14:40 10 Mar 21
Loving the new window shutters, the team a real pleasure to work with - really respectful of the Covid regulations and taking great care to do a top quality job
piper hocking
piper hocking
16:45 09 Mar 21
My lovely bay window shutters! Great product, price and service. Would totally recommend
Catia Paglierani
Catia Paglierani
16:45 09 Mar 21
We had 7 rooms fitted with these shutters 10 years ago and quite honestly they still look brand new. We have been delighted with them and have had many compliments over the years for their quality and look. Far superior than many others on the market. Would not hesitate to highly recommend American Shutters for their products and the team behind them.
Roger Denby-Jones
Roger Denby-Jones
20:44 08 Mar 21
Beautiful shutters, very high quality, expertly fitted
Anne Tutt
Anne Tutt
20:10 05 Mar 21
Many thanks to the American Shutter Team. Great service from start to finish. I now have very smart and well made shutters in a room that is an awkward shape and size, making curtains a difficult prospect. I wish I had come across American Shutters earlier as it certainly made a difficult job effortless and not nearly as expensive as I imagined. Highly recommended.
david sadler
david sadler
07:45 05 Mar 21
Great service from Tom and team - it’s a fine quality product and what a difference they make. Strongly recommended.D & J, Haslemere.
Dan Rei
Dan Rei
23:29 04 Mar 21
Beautiful Window Shutters. Fitted perfectly, great quality, good service. Would definitely recommend!
Anne Tutt
Anne Tutt
22:39 04 Mar 21
richard webster
richard webster
16:13 04 Mar 21
We first used American Shutters 10 years ago, they are excellent quality ,arrived on time as specified and definitely a premium product. They are a very reliable and offer great customer service. We are about to place an order for more having moved house.
Louise Hills
Louise Hills
11:40 27 Feb 21
Just want to say a big thank you to American Shutters for fitting Plantation Shutters throughout our home. We have always wanted white window shutters and are absolutely thrilled to bits with the results.
Elliot Maule
Elliot Maule
18:50 26 Feb 21
Brilliant friendly service and install of window shutters, from discussing all the options to tidy and quick install, would definitely recommend
Mark Bedini
Mark Bedini
17:09 21 Feb 21
American Shutters has done a great job designing a beautifully done bespoke set of Window shutters for a set of French Windows.His fitter was very thoughtful and thorough in measuring up and when it came to the final fitting in situ he was meticulous, accurate, extremely careful and even tidied up thoroughly. The end result is superb. I am an extremely happy customer.
Jackie Porter
Jackie Porter
15:29 21 Feb 21
We would be very happy to recommend American Shutters . Very professional and friendly service from start to finish.
Malcolm Cowcher
Malcolm Cowcher
17:09 17 Feb 21
The team at American Shutters was very helpful and carried out a fantastic job
April Taylor
April Taylor
14:06 17 Feb 21
Utterly outstanding! We had most of our windows fitted with the window shutters last week. Now we've gone back for the remainder windows to be fitted because they are just so lovely. They have completely changed the feel of the house, beautifully framing the windows and fitted just perfectly. Roberto came to fit them and he was wonderful. Friendly, competent and thorough. We could leave him to get on with things and trust he was treating each window like it was his first. He was so careful! It has honestly been the best investment we could have made. I just wish we had done it sooner to be honest. Absolutely brilliant bespoke service all round!!
Adam Blick
Adam Blick
14:32 20 Jan 21
Extremely responsive, helpful and pleasant. American Shutters provided pro-active advice, flexibility and were readily available to answer questions. They fitted quickly and were clean.
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