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    FAQ: Shutters

    Last updated 15 hours ago

    If you’re looking for a stylish alternative to curtains, draperies, shades, and blades, consider interior shutters. Not only do shutters insulate against heat, cold, and noise, but they also provide optimum privacy and are easier to clean than fabric window treatments. You’ll also love the old-world charm and sophistication that shutters bring to your home. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which shutters are right for you? We commonly receive these questions from people who are interested in shutters but don’t necessarily know where to start.

    What Materials are Available?

    Shutters are available in a wide range of materials of varying abilities and performance levels. Commonly, plantation shutters are made using wood, polycore, vinyl, and hybrid composites. Choosing the right material depends on many different factors, including the size of your windows, the relative indoor humidity, and your budget.

    What Factors Determine the Best Shutters?

    If quality is a concern, don’t settle for the first or cheapest plantation shutters you find. Differences in material type and construction quality are essential in determining durability and performance, two of the biggest factors in determining which shutters are the best.

    How Do I Measure for My Shutters?

    When you work with Bay Home & Window, you don’t have to! That’s because as part of your free in-home consultation you’ll receive expert shutter measurements, guaranteeing a perfect fit. These measurements are then taken back to the warehouse where your custom-made shutters will be made to match your window openings exactly.  

    Bay Home & Window of Pleasanton, CA offers the very best plantation shutters in the Bay Area. Get in touch with us today to schedule you free in-home consultation with one of our interior shutter experts. You can also visit our showroom to browse our selection of plantation shutters in San Francisco. For additional information, call us at (925) 401-3951. 

    Clean Your Plantation Shutters with These Steps

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Plantation shutters can be an amazing addition to virtually any home, and they are so much easier to care for than traditional blinds. The trick is to give them regular maintenance, no matter how easy, to prevent a major clean-up project later.

    Dust your plantation shutters regularly; at least once every few weeks. When deeper cleaning is necessary, such as in a kitchen, bathroom or after several months, use a mild solution of soap and water to wipe down each individual blade, and then rinse by wiping with a wet cloth. It really isn’t any more difficult than that to keep your plantation shutters looking fabulous!

    If you’re interested in adding plantation shutters to your San Francisco home, contact us at Bay Home & Window. We have an impressive selection for you to choose from, so visit us online or give us a call at (925) 401-3951 for more information today.

    Solving the Dilemma of Shared Closet Space

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Effectively organizing one person’s items in a small or moderately sized closet is challenging enough, but what happens when you have to use the same space to house the belongings of two people? Well, it can either be an experiment in bonding or a disaster, depending on how you approach it. Of course, a custom closet design for your needs would be a great place to start, but here are a few tips to organize your stuff without going at each other:

    Talk it Out—Sure, it may seem like there are more important things to discuss than your closet organization, but we promise this is one discussion that is well worth having. Don’t just assume that your partner doesn’t need or want as much space as you do just because he or she doesn’t own as many things. Look at the available space, what it needs to hold, and then decide together how that space will be divided, whether it’s 50/50 or some other split. The key is to agree up front.

    Utilize Vertical Space—This technique is overlooked entirely too often, but it can be a life saver when it comes to small spaces. If you’re short and your partner is tall, talk about dividing the space vertically if possible. If not, install shelving or a custom closet system that allows you to store seldom used belongings higher up so that you can utilize as much of your easily accessible space as possible.

    Don’t Squat—There’s nothing worse than agreeing on a division of space only to find someone else’s stuff in your space. Once you’ve agreed on a division, respect that division even if it looks like your partner has way more free space than you do. Anything stored in obscured boxes should be clearly labeled by item and owner, and then place in the appropriate space.

    If you need more help dividing a shared closet to work for you, contact us at Bay Home & Window in San Francisco. Our custom closet design and organization systems can help you make the most out of whatever space you have available. Call (925) 401-3951 today!

    How to Organize Your New Closet Drawer System

    Last updated 24 days ago

    It doesn’t matter how amazing your new closet drawer organization system is if you don’t understand the best way to utilize it. When it comes to drawers, it’s all in how you prepare the items which it will house, and that means learning to fold your clothes strategically.

    Check out this video to learn everything you ever needed to know about folding clothes. If you’ve ever admired the organization systems you see in magazines or on blogs and wished that your drawers looked that amazing, then this is one video you simply do not want to miss.

    For even more help organizing and storing all of your possessions, contact us at Bay Home & Window in San Francisco. We offer custom closet design and organization systems for every room in your home. Visit us online or call (925) 401-3951 to learn more.

    Tips for Tackling Your Clutter

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Clutter is not an uncommon problem, but it is one that seems to drive most people to the point of insanity. Sometimes it can seem like, no matter how hard you try to control your clutter, no amount of tips or custom closet systems stand up to the task. The trouble could be that you’re only using half the solution; you need both the tips and the custom closet systems, along with just a little bit of motivation, to get the job done:

    Stop Defeating Yourself—Looking at your clutter and proclaiming that it’s hopeless before you even begin is setting yourself up to fail. Take a positive approach to the task, with full hope and confidence that things will look and feel so much better when you’re done!

    Release Sentimental Obstacles—You are not required to hold on to that ugly, worn out, non-functional item that you can’t stand just because it was your great-great aunt Sally’s or someone gave it to you. If it doesn’t have a purpose in your home, and no one else in the family wants it, allow yourself to release it without any guilt.

    Let Go of the Notion of “One Day”—Sure, one day twenty five years from now you might find a use for something, but does that possibility really warrant holding on to the item for that long? Yes, it’s possible that you could throw out a miscellaneous item only to need it in a few weeks, but be honest with yourself…how often does that really happen? Moreover, is the price of replacing an item when you do actually need it more than the price of living in clutter?

    At Bay Home & Window, we offer the closet organization systems and custom designs you need to corral and tame your clutter in the San Francisco area. When you invest in one of our custom closest systems and apply the tips above, you’re virtually guaranteed to finally get the organized, orderly home you so crave. Visit us online or give us a call at (925) 401-3951 to learn more!

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