Bi-fold doors are a popular choice for patios, entertainment areas, balconies, and other outdoor spaces. When fully opened they create a greater sense of space, with no visible divide between indoors and outdoors. Wanting to maintain this nearly seamless flow from inside to outside does mean choosing your window covering with care, particularly if you want to also be able to block out light–or create some privacy–without sacrificing airflow. Which makes plantation shutters the perfect choice for bi-fold doors.
Can You Put Plantation Shutters on Bi-fold Doors?
Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, plantation shutters are quite versatile in how they open. You can choose from hinged, sliding, or bi-fold, depending on the space they are being fitted to, and you can also choose to have them placed inside or outside. Having bi-fold shutters with bi-fold doors works well because–like the doors–they can be folded back and neatly tucked away. Leaving you with a wide open space and uninterrupted view. Additionally, you can have them split, so the shutters fold each way, allowing you to only open half of them when necessary. They are installed on a separate track, so won’t ever interfere with your bi-fold doors.
Benefits of Plantation Shutters on Bi-fold Doors
One of the best benefits of plantation shutters, regardless of the space they are used on, is that they become a design feature, enhancing your home both inside and out. Which also increases the value of your home without requiring a lot of effort. But it is by no means the only benefit.
Well-made plantation shutters–using solid timber that has been properly treated for Australia’s climate–are incredibly durable, and easy to clean. A light dusting as part of your cleaning routine will keep them clean, with the wider blades making it easy to use a damp cloth on the shutters when needed. Used on a space that is exposed to sunlight, they won’t fade like other window treatments. And unlike other window treatments, you have far more control over light, privacy, and ventilation. You can either open some–or all–of the shutters or leave them closed and only open the blades. And you can easily angle the blades to get the full benefit of a light breeze, or act as a light diffuser while adding a bit of privacy.
The shutters are fit precisely, with each shutter panel also featuring a solid frame, making them great all-season insulators, helping to reduce your energy usage. And these same features also help reduce your exposure to outside noise.
Whether your bi-fold doors open onto a balcony or patio, our Design Consultants are experts and will be able to recommend the ideal design and installation of plantation shutters. Our free measure and quote service includes a complimentary design consultation where we discuss and help you decide on the materials, colours, and style of window treatments that will work best in any room in your home.