Tier on Tier Shutters

Blinds are open or closed. Curtains are drawn or shut. Plantation shutters break this mold and offer much finer options for how they are set. And that means more comfort for you and your family.

Tier on tier shutters takes this idea to a higher level by opening up twice as many options for how you have them set.

This is what you need to know to decide whether tier on tier shutters are right for your space.

What are Tier on Tier Shutters?

Also known as double hung shutters, tier on tier shutters are plantation shutters split in half horizontally to create two level of panels – or ‘tiers’ – one above the other.

This configuration means that you can open the panel on the top while the lower shutter panels stay closed. Or set the slat on the upper panels to a different position versus the bottom.

What Makes Tier on Tier Shutters Different From Cafe Style Shutters?

Essentially, café style shutters are the same as tier on tier shutters but without the top tier.

There are some situations where they’ll be interchangeable or just a matter of whether you want the visual option of having closed panels on the top of the window.

Practically speaking, tier on tier might be better for situations like exposures where you’d like to have the top tier closed for parts of the summer to keep the heat off the warm down but open in the winter for the extra light. Also – tier on tier is better if you’d like to make the room cosy at night and close off the entire window.

Or maybe the shutters are going into a room with a television and you’ll appreciate having the top tier closed and the room in total darkness for movie night.

Tier on Tier Shutters for Bay Windows

Like any other style of plantation shutter, these have a natural advantage in bay windows over blinds. A few factors mean that tier on tier shutters are very well suited to bay windows. In particular:

  • They are both visually striking elements. You can’t enter a room and miss seeing a bay window—doesn’t your bay window deserve the best shutter?
  • Bay windows are often installed in the front of a house where you’ll want to protect your privacy from the street but also control the amount of light that comes in through the top of the window.
  • Everything from tall-back reading chairs to a table covered in picture frames can go under a bay window. That makes it convenient to keep the bottom tier closed even if you want to open the top for more light and airflow.  

Tier on tier shutters also work well when a window with a rounded top is set into a rectangular frame. By keeping the top tier open, you can still see the striking feature at the top of the window.

Installing Tier on Tier Shutters

Broadly speaking, installing tier on tier window shutters will be much the same process as putting up full height shutters. That is, the frame goes up first and then the shutter panels are offered up to the frame and hinge pin keeps them in place.

One important applies if there is no window frame between the top and bottom shutter panels: make certain that the panels are carefully set at just the right height so that there is just enough clearance between the two.

When to Steer Away From Tier on Tier Shutters

Tier on tier shutters are lovely and add an unmatched dimension of control and customization over the position of your shutters. But how often are you going to open them all the way?

Maybe they’re going into an upstairs bathroom where you almost always care more about privacy than the amount of natural light. In that case, you’ll probably just adjust the tilt of the louvres.

Or it could be that the shutters are going in a south-facing window where you get all the light you need with just the slats open.

In both cases (and a few others), full height shutters would probably be a better option because they have less solid wood and will reduce the weight hanging from your wall.

Tier on Tier Shutters in a Nutshell

West Pier plantation shutters always give a home an understated elegance and improve the comfort for the people who live in it. Tier on tier shutters magnify this advantage by:

  • Adding the visually interesting option of half-open, half-closed shutters.
  • Making it possible to maintain privacy while the top of the window lets in light.
  • Granting more flexibility for what furniture you put in front of the shutters while still being able to open the top tiers.

Tier on tier shutters can seem to some like an advanced option. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you decide whether they’re right for your home.