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A Brief History of Shutters

Unlike today’s shutters in Phoenix, AZ, which come in numerous styles and materials, the earliest forms of shutters were protection against rain, insects, and vandals. Some were closed with an iron bar to add extra security and protection. Centuries ago exterior solid wood shutters were used around garden walls in royal courts. In fact, the term “louvre” is said to be named after King Louis XIV of France who once lived in a dwelling called the Louvre. Interior shutters are thought to have become standard fixtures on buildings first in ancient Greece for their ability to control light, ventilation, and protection in inclement weather. While many of the earliest shutters were made out of marble, they were eventually replaced by wood as it was easier to produce.

By the 15th to the 17th century, glass windows were used but were extremely expensive so they were mostly used in the upper part of the window opening.  Solid shutters—used below the window sash—were used to open and close windows. They were later replaced with hinged glazed sashes. Soon after interior shutters became more popular for decoration and style rather than just for practical purposes. In the 19th century Victorian era, at the time homes began to be built with wood, wooden shutters were used on the exterior of houses. Building walls were thinner with wood so it was easy to have indoor access to exterior shutters.

Today shutters in Phoenix, AZ, are known for the classic style they add to homes, while offering privacy, security, light and ventilation control. The three main shutter styles are plantation, cottage, and West Coast plantation. The most popular plantation shutters are usually set inside a window frame and are styled with wide louvers that open and close. Cottage shutters have smaller louvers and are attached by hinges to the window frame. West Coast plantation shutters have the largest panels. Most are made out of wood, wood composites, fiberglass, or vinyl and used in the following rooms:

  • Kitchen
  • Bath
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Baby & Kid’s Room

You can find numerous styles, colors, and sizes of shutters in Phoenix at Southwest Blinds & Shutters. Contact us today to set up a free in-home estimate.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • We are extremely pleased with our whole experience with this company. From sales to installation, everyone we dealt with was courteous and professional. They delivered exactly as promised from the quote, to the installation and did a great job! The shutters took our house from beautiful to stunning! Highly recommend this company!
    Jodi R.
  • Blinds look awesome! The install was quick and lacked any drama. Just like I want. :-) We will definitely be buying from them again once we redo a couple areas in the house first.
    Mike M.
  • The entire experience was excellent. We had roller shades installed throughout our home. The online notification system after your order is great. We received regular email updates regarding the status of the fabrication of our order, delivery, and installation.
    Kevin S.
  • Southwest Blinds was wonderful to work with. The communication was excellent. All the employees from sales to the installers were professional and kind. Answered all our questions. I highly recommend them.
    Kathy P.
  • Southwest Blinds and Shutters provided a remarkable product for a great value! We are extremely pleased with the job done. James is a true professional who stands behind his company on all levels. We would highly recommend Southwest Blinds & Shutters and are looking forward to having the rest of our windows done with them.
    Elaine M.
  • Fast and professional. Super efficient and detail-oriented. Very pleased with the service they provided. Don’t hesitate to schedule them for your blind and shutter needs.
    Daniel G.
  • They did a great job installing my shutters. Very polite and went the extra mile to do some minor adjustments that I requested. He identified a couple of things that were incorrect on my order and made sure new items were ordered. He came back to reinstall the corrected pieces and did a great job.
    Mary B.
  • The technician who measured our windows and eventually installed them did a professional job and was done very quickly. Got our rebate form promptly and would do business again if we are ever in need.
    Nathan T.
  • James was doing a job across the street and we asked him to come over for an estimate. We hired on the spot and were genuinely pleased with the quality and service we received. He worked fast and clean and on time. Very pleased with the outcome.
    Nancy J C.

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  • Gilbert, Arizona
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  • Las Vegas, Nevada

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