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How to Choose the Perfect Plantation Shutters for Your Home?

Choosing the perfect plantation shutters for your home can be a lengthy process. There are many places to start and it’s important that you don’t simply pick one without doing some research first. The following list includes some of the top things to consider when choosing your new shutters.

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1) Materials

When picking plantation shutters for your home, you’ll need to decide on what material is preferred most in terms of color, durability, texture, resistance or waterproofness/ (rain wind). The available materials will vary depending on the manufacturer, but there are four main options: 

Wood:  Ideally suited for plantation shutters that will be painted, natural wood with a hardwood finish is very versatile and can come in many different colors. 

Engineered Wood: MDF (medium-density fibreboard):  Engineered wood like MDF does not require any sort of painting or treatments to maintain the color and overall look. It is more affordable than natural wood with a lower installation cost as well, making it an inexpensive alternative.

Vinyl: Vinyl plantation shutters are growing in popularity due to their low maintenance requirements, resistance against stains and scratches/ scuffs, and waterproof qualities.

Polyurethane:  It is a budget-friendly option that can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, making it one of the most versatile materials available.

2) Size

As mentioned before, it is highly recommended that you measure your windows accurately to ensure that you purchase shutters that will fit correctly. Typically plantation shutters can be easily made smaller but they cannot be expanded without looking out of proportion, so measuring accurately beforehand will save you time and money in the long run. 

3) Openness/Blinds vs Shades

Most people know about blinds and shades and the differences between them but there are some subtle details that can help you decide which is best for your room. Blinds tend to have slats that are wider apart which allows more light into the room while shades will have slats that are closer together which means less light can get in.

4) Style of Shutters

Many people choose plantation shutters based on their style, especially when it comes to color or patterns . There are many different styles available, including traditional louvered shutters, contemporary shutters and even shutter panels. Whatever style you prefer most, make sure you take time to pick something that goes well with your overall décor.

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5) Efficiency/Heat Reduction

Plantation shutters are known for keeping rooms cooler during the summer months and warmer in the winter. Properly insulated plantation shutters can help reduce your energy bills by preventing heat from easily escaping through the windows during the summer. In addition, plantation shutters have been shown to filter light much better than other window coverings so rooms will be illuminated with a natural glow when daytime rolls around.

6) Appearance

Plantation shutters add a sense of class and sophistication to any room in your home, making them a great option for homes that are going on sale or for homeowners who want their interior to look its best. Whether you’re going for a traditional or contemporary appearance, choose something that aligns well with your personal style.

7) Budget

Of course, price is always important when trying to pick out something major for your home. While plantation shutters are a more expensive option when compared to blinds or shades, they can be a great investment that will pay itself off in time. Plantation shutters manufactured from polyurethane, high-end vinyl, and hardwood have an estimated lifespan of about 10 years. 

8) Don’t settle just because you’re interested in plantation shutters doesn’t mean you need to choose them even if they don’t meet all the criteria above. Sometimes it is better to choose window treatments that blend well with your house rather than trying to force it into something it’s not. If anything else, make sure you pick from this list of things so you can get the most value for your money!

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Rebecca Munster Designs, LLC
20010 Fisher Ave Suite B, Poolesville, MD 20837
(240) 489-1001
Rebecca Munster

Rebecca Munster

Enhancing windows with interior design, upholstery, and quality window treatments since 2012 with over 20 years of project management and my expertise in sewing and painting.