The brief history of window shutters

Did you know that window shutters have been used longer than glass windows? Popular during the Tudor period, shutters were originally made of thick wooden boards and were used to cover the holes in the wall leading to the outside world.

Like our windows today, they helped block out harsh sunlight, cold air, and thieves. Even when stained glass windows were introduced, this was a luxury that was too expensive for the average person, so most people had a half-glass, half-shutter arrangement.

When America was colonized, it wasn’t long before shutters were a must-see there as well. Southern states, in particular, have embraced this trend, often incorporating shutters into large plantation homes, which is where plantation shutters got their name from.

Today, the range of shutters we can use has expanded significantly. From rugged plantations and waterproof shutters to all kinds of shapes and styles, from cafes, full heights, rows, rectangles, circles, and triangles, these window treatments are truly embraced by homeowners around the world.

Tier on Tier Shutters

What are tier on tier shutters?

Tier on tier shutter design splits the shutters in half, with or without a horizontal T-post, allowing the top shutters to be opened separately from the bottom shutters. This design works well for tall and narrow windows. You don’t want to choose tier on tier if the window is wider than the height. With the tier on tier design, bi-folding shutters look good as they can be folded back neatly. Wider shutters will protrude into the room unless you install the shutters at the front of the recess so the shutters could then be wrapped back around the wall. Choose tier on tier if your window is taller than it is wide, like a portrait-style window. Tier on tier designs works best if there is a halfway rail on your window to match the tier height with.

Tier on tier shutters are an outstandingly popular style that offers split closure panels that can be opened and closed separately for more versatile lighting and privacy options. They are the perfect solution for tall windows and are one of the most adaptable shutter styles on the market.

The biggest advantages of tier on tier shutters

Tier on Tier shutters have two sets of panels, top and bottom, that work independently.

  • This allows you to keep the lower panel closed for privacy and the upper panel open for full light.
  • Even if furniture or kitchen faucets block the bottom of the window opening, this style gives you the freedom to control the top level of the shutter.
  • If you need access to the window sill or the air conditioner, you can leave the bottom panel open and, if necessary, the top tier closed.
  • This style is also great for windows facing a busy street or directly facing a neighbor’s house.
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Where do they get mostly used?

They are often used in cases where you would want to open the shutter and stack like a curtain. The independent operation of both the slats and the panel provides great flexibility in use. Narrow panels and previously small blinds were typically used for tier on tier shutters, but in recent years this style has followed the general trend from plantation shutters to larger and larger louver dimensions.

How to choose a tier on tier shutter to fit your needs?

First, depending on the size and configuration of the shutter, this option may not be available. Only up to 2 or 3 panels can be hung on a hinge, and the overall height of the section should be greater than its width. When using this style, it is recommended to use only one pair of folds. Also, carefully consider the stress on the hinges that can cause problems over time. Since the plates are treated separately in the manufacturing process, it is also necessary to consider the intersection of the upper and lower plates. This means that the size of the top-level bottom rail and the low-level top rail can be slightly different. As a result, the section of the fixed rail becomes thicker when closed. The windows themselves are also useful, as the less square ones make it very difficult to organize the sections properly.

A good alternative to tier on tier shutters

A perfect alternative is a full-height shutter with a mid-rail or split louvre section. These roller shutters offer the option of operating the top and bottom slats individually, but are a bit more stable as a single panel and can be folded as needed.

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Separate top and bottom panels

At a first glance, tier-on-tier shutters are very similar to full-height designed shutters. It fits neatly into the window frame and covers the entire window from top to bottom.  The difference is that the shutter contains two separate panels (top and bottom).

You can control and open both the upper and lower panes individually. This allows you to maximize the light from the top layers while preserving the privacy you get when you close the other panels.

Of course, the configuration can be accurately adapted to your needs. This makes wooden tier on tier shutters one of the most versatile shutters on the market.

Excellent dimming

When it comes to plantation shutters, the tier on tier design provides unmatched light control.  As a rule, the sun enters the room through the top panel. Especially in the large living rooms. You can open the lower panel slats and keep the upper slats closed to let in natural light without glare.

On the other hand, if you want to ensure your privacy while sunbathing, you can open the top with the smooth hinges of the shutter. Leave the bottom row completely closed to passers-by attention.

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Good insulation

Our plantation shutters are thermally dynamic. That is, it reflects heat from both sides. A row of shutters covers the entire window, helping to keep the room warm while blocking cold air.

This is not only good news when it comes to creating a comfortable temperature in the house, but also good news for energy prices. Insulation naturally works the other way around on humid days in midsummer.

Even when the sun is setting, closing the shutters keeps the room cool without pulling heavy curtains or lowering the blinds to close access from the world.

Great for sliding sash windows

Tiered shutters are ideal if your property has sash windows, as the top and bottom can be opened separately.

Rather than opening the shutters fully, the tier on tier design allows you to open only the bottom and then slide the bottom sash up.  If you have a double sash window (with the top and bottom sash sets open), it’s even more versatile for each floor.

You can open the shutters at the top wide and let in fresh air through the sash windows at the top while maintaining eye-high privacy.

Tier on tier shutters for bathroom and kitchen

Shutters look great in bathrooms and kitchens, but no matter how well prepared and treated, natural wood is not always the best material in high humidity areas. That’s why we have developed the Mimeo Shutters range. It’s stylish, good-looking, durable, and water-resistant. Therefore, if you want to get the most out of your bathroom or kitchen shutters, we have the perfect solution.

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What type of window is the tier on tier shutter best for?

Tier on tier plantation shutters are ideal for tall windows where the panel needs to be split in two for structural reasons. As you can see in the picture above, it’s great for bay windows, sash windows, or windows with split points.

The perfect option for bay windows

Tier on tier shutters are especially suitable for angled bay windows because of their versatility and application. Although all shutters can be mounted using one frame, the tier on tier style offers excellent options for effectively treating each window in the bay as a separate shutter and panel. This will give you the look and finish you want, with proper use of the center window and shutters as needed.

The tier on tier shutter is an ideal window display decoration for bay windows. They allow privacy and light control and are the perfect companion for bay windows. You can leave the bottom closed and open the top fully to illuminate the room completely. This is why bay windows were invented: allowing for maximum lighting conditions in the building!

However, if you have a bay window on the ground floor, privacy can be an issue. The larger the window area, the more heat is lost in winter. Shutters, especially wooden shutters, are the main barriers to heat dissipation. However, full-height interior shutters in large bays may not be very practical. In these cases, tier on tier is probably the best bet.

What is the difference between full height shutters and tier on tier shutters?

The main difference between tier on tier shutters and full-height shutters is two levels of panels that open separately, like a barn door, the shutters are versatile and the panels utilize both cafe-style and full-height shutters. It can be opened. With the full height shutter, you can adjust the slats individually, but not the panel.

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Independence at best

Having separate panels in the upper and lower halves of the window means that you can open the entire upper half of the shutter panel while keeping the lower half of the shutter panel closed to the window. This allows you to maximize the light coming in of the window when the top layer is unfolded while ensuring privacy in the bottom half of the window. Each panel has its own set of slats that move with it, independent of the other panels in the window.

Infinite color palette

We offer different colors to suit different spaces. There are a variety of wood stain options, from pure white and crisp linen to clay and stone gray.

Of course, we know that your style is unique. If you need a custom color, we can do it.

Whether you need a shade that blends seamlessly with the surrounding decoration or a vibrant color that accentuates the space, our custom color service will match.

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Why choose tier on tier shutters?

Tier on tier shutters gives you separate control of both the panels and slats on the upper and lower section of the window. You can open the top panels and leave the lower panels in position for privacy. Simply tilting the lower slats at a slight angle ensures people outside cannot see directly into your home but still enjoy light through the lower slats and upper panels. You can of course open back all the panels and have the glazed area open. Give some thought to where your panels sit when you open the panels up for a bay window.

Narrow panels work best as they fold onto each other and sit on the side. We also advise that you give thought to how often you’ll open the panels. If you end up leaving the panels closed most of the time – we suggest you consider full-height shutters which will reduce the amount of solid wood you have on the window.


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Our high-quality wooden shutters, available in painted, lacquered and oiled finishes, are a perfect choice for every home and office. They have a fine and straight grain and an even texture. Moreover, they are lightweight and odourless. We offer you the widest choice of paint and stain colours, louvre sizes and stile types, an enormous amount of flexibility and customisation to provide you with a bespoke shutter solution.
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