Plantation shutters are interior blinds traditionally made from broad slats of wood mounted in a solid frame. The design of plantation shutters promotes the free flow of air through a structure in a warm climate, while also creating shade to keep the interior of the structure cool. You may also hear plantation shutters referred to as louvres or jalousies, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes to conform with variously-shaped windows and doors.
A variety of materials can be used to create plantation shutters. They include plastic vinyl, medium density fiberboard (MDF), wood or synthetic materials. Plastic vinyl or MDF plantation shutters are the cheapest options, but they cannot be painted or stained. Wood plantation shutters are the most expensive but can be created in a variety of painted or stained colors. Shutters made out of synthetic materials are a mid-cost option and can only be painted.
So what is it about Plantation shutters that make them so popular?
There are quite a few reasons and it's difficult to put them into any kind of order but the number one reason is very clear, that is they look great. Here I'll list what I consider to be the top reasons for buying interior wooden shutters.
- Stylish Good Looks
- Added Security
- Better Light Control
- Insulation (from draughty windows)
- Sound Proofing (from road noise)
- Added Value (property value)
- Maintenance Free
- Fresh Air Without Draughts
Simple plantation shutters fill an entire window, with a rod in the middle of the shutter which can be used to open and close the blinds. Commonly, plantation shutters are hinged, so that they can be pulled all the way open for additional ventilation, and some come in sets of hinged panels which are folded across the window, allowing people to fold part of all of the shutter back, depending on their needs.