Why Some Homeowners In Salt Lake City Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Matt Thelander

When homeowners in the Salt Lake City area ask us for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they‘re thinking of.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. That’s not the case with blinds. And the term “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be considered “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that term has been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation style shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in many ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be made from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when you order shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, your plantation shutters never lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a wand to adjust the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two elements, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to busting.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over temperature and brightness. And they are likely to yellow when overexposed to the sun, which is not the case with quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Salt Lake City. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help restrict airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, the slats aren’t tight against each other. There’s space on both sides of the blind where air can flow. And you can see holes where the cords are. All these problems make blinds less energy efficient compared to well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to consider is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will hide the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every arch, angle, and corner. The completed product is a window treatment that operates smoothly, looks stunning, and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can get blinds in an array of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized and cordless. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Salt Lake City are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to match your décor.

Usually, shutters are installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The plantation shutters make a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they increase your home’s appraisal value.

An example of an exceptional idea to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Salt Lake City area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Salt Lake City

The first step in choosing the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window treatments, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Salt Lake City. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and guide you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Contact us at 801-515-3598 or fill out the form below to get started!