Plantation Shutter Features

Plantation shutters come in a variety of gorgeous finishes and feature beautiful slats — sometimes called louvers. Thanks to their appearance and craftsmanship, plantation shutters are the only window treatments that can add value to your home. Their custom appearance looks just as attractive from the outside, giving your home stylish curb appeal. Plantation shutters create a picturesque view whether they are opened or closed.

Wood or faux wood slats on plantation shutters come in a variety of sizes. Large, bold slats provide a clearer view outside, while smaller slats give you a charming cottage feel.

Faux wood shutters can also make your home more energy-efficient. These window treatments are excellent insulators. When the louvers are closed, the snug fit and sturdy construction can save you money in both the summer and winter.

Plantation Shutter Upgrades

Interested in upgrading your plantation shutters? Consider these optional features for further customization:

  • Frames and Mounts: Choose from a variety of mounts and panel configurations to have your shutters look and function exactly how you want.
  • Hidden Tilts: This upgrade moves the tilt rod to the back of the louvers so it’s not visible.
  • Hinge Colors: Customize your hinge colors to match other hardware in your home.
  • Split Tilt: Allows you to open the top of the shutter while the bottom stays closed, or vice-versa through the divider rail.

Plantation Shutter Considerations

  • Plantation shutters can be affected by heat and moisture. Genuine wood can warp with moisture, so they’re not recommended for areas like kitchens or bathrooms. Consider faux wood shutters for a similar appearance with increased durability.
  • Wood shutters can become costly. If price is a concern, consider faux wood shutters instead.
  • Plantation shutters are some of the heaviest window treatments, especially if they’re covering a large window. Installation can be difficult due to their size and tricky configuration. If you have any questions about installation, give our experts a call at 800-505-1905. Shipping restrictions may apply, due to the weight of plantation shutters.

Plantation Shutters FAQs

Plantation Shutters are a traditional window treatment characterized by tilted wood or faux wood louvers. Unlike blinds or shades, plantation shutters are fitted and installed as permanent fixtures in your window. They are excellent insulators and can increase the value of your home.

Real wood shutters can be on the more expensive side of window treatments. However, choosing faux wood instead of real wood can reduce the overall cost. Also consider the energy savings with shutters' insulating properties – they’ll keep your house warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer.

Since shutters are fitted and installed directly into your window, they become permanent fixtures of your home. Plantation shutters can raise the value of your home, so many people consider them a good investment.

Yes, shutters are excellent insulators. Shutters are excellent insulators because they enclose the window frame and create a “sealed” effect. Their construction resists heat transfer better than traditional blinds. They keep your house warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer, which can help save on energy bills.

Shutters will certainly make a room darker, but they are not entirely blackout. For total light blockage, consider a blackout shade with additional light blockers.

Yes, real wood shutters are excellent at absorbing sound waves. You can expect your shutters to reduce outside noise, which can make your home quieter.

Shutters are one of the more difficult window treatments to install, since they must be fitted perfectly to your window frames. Although difficult, it’s not impossible to install shutters – read our How to Install Plantation Shutters Guide for further details.

Shutters are considered a traditional, timeless classic. They have been in style for a long time, and their beauty and elegance will remain in style for many years to come.

Our traditional plantation shutters are made from real wood sourced in the USA from sustainably managed forests. For more economical options, our faux wood and composite shutters cut down on cost by replacing real wood with inexpensive materials such as medium-density fibreboard (MDF).