Plantation blinds are actually a misnomer for plantation shutters. It’s easy to see plantation shutters and call them plantation blinds because many homeowners are more familiar with the concept of blinds as a window treatment. We’re here to highlight the differences between blinds and plantation shutters.

Characteristics of Plantation Style Shutters

The most distinctive characteristics of plantation shutters include the permanent frame around the window, and the shutter panel itself has moveable louvers inside 4 stationary sides. These solid louvers are controlled by a tilt rod—a vertical pole that moves all the louvers when you move the pole—and provide you with privacy, light, and temperature control, all the while adding a modern touch to the room.

Louver Sizes

Instead of a blind “slat,” plantation shutters have louvers that are fixed to a frame and can help block out heat or cold when closed. Plantation shutter louvers typically come in 3 sizes: 4.5” (the most view), 3.5” (traditional size), 2.5” (smaller style). No matter what size you choose for your window, the louvers tilt easily to allow more light and view thanks to the tilt rod. Standard tilt rods are front-mounted. We also offer the option for a rear-mounted or hidden tilt rod if desired. 

Material Options

Thanks to their premium materials, most plantation shutters last far longer than any window blinds. The best-selling plantation shutters in the U.S. are Polywood® shutters. They’re made from a synthetic wood material that won’t warp or split. More traditional plantation shutters, like our Ovation® shutters, are made from furniture-grade hardwood. Quality plantation shutters won’t sway or break no matter how many times you tilt them open or closed.

Modern Look

With large adjustable louvers and sturdy material, plantation shutters combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Their look is enhanced with the wide variety of paints and stains available. Match the room’s decor with custom paints for Polywood. Or go with a wood stain to bring out the depth of Ovation shutters.

Ease of Cleaning

The delicate slats of blinds are a hassle to dust. Plantation shutters on the other hand are easy to clean. Every 3-4 weeks, dust the louvers from top to bottom. And wipe away any smudges with a damp rag. Cleaning plantation shutters is as simple and fast as it sounds.

Energy Efficiency

Yes, blinds are another layer between the outside and you. But their thin material and lack of a tight fit is not ideal for blocking the effects of the weather. Plantation shutters on the other hand are known for their energy efficiency. In fact, Polywood shutters block up to 30° of temperature and reduce heat transfer up to 45%. This is what makes Polywood shutters the most energy efficient window treatment!

Custom Shape

Blinds are made for one window shape: rectangle. But everyone knows that some of your favorite windows in your house are not rectangular. They might be in the shape of a circle, an octagon, a triangle. Or the window might even be on a door. That’s where plantation shutters come in.

Our local professionals measure every angle, corner, and inch of your window so that we can craft your plantation shutters specifically for it. Now you can finally have a window covering that doesn’t sacrifice the shape of the window you love.

Next time you see a plantation shutter and want to call it a plantation blind, remember these distinct differences. They are what makes a shutter the window treatment you want on your windows for years to come.

For more information about plantation shutters, contact a Sunburst Shutters store near you.