Sidelight windows next to a front door

Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Austin

December 11, 2019

If you use plantation shutters on your windows, you know how easy to maintain, energy-efficient, and charming they are. But can you guess the other ideas for using shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that can help with other parts of your Austin home? 

Savvy homeowners will use shutters beyond just window treatments. For us shutter lovers, here are a few novel ideas for how to incorporate shutters in different ways in your home.

Shutters Can Cover Your Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Austin 
Sure, people love their plantation shutters over windows in Austin, but they are also the perfect treatment for all types of doors. Shutters can fully cover sliding doors and french doors and can give you light control, privacy, and temperature control. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are still easy to clean and strong enough to endure your family entering and leaving on a constant basis.
Shutters as a door 
Plantation shutters can also be a nice option for otherwise drab interior doors. Change out doors in pantries, closets, or more with shutters. The easy-to-operate louvers can keep your clothes or food out of sight.
Shutters as a room divider for a business
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

Other uses for shutters are having them act as an accordion door in large rooms. You just straighten the panels and louvers when you need privacy, filter noise, or stop drafts. 

Shutters Are Handy For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Interior shutters framing out a passthrough 

There are homes with traditional layouts that will use a passthrough or a cutout connecting the kitchen and another room. Ideally, the cutout lets dishes and food to flow from one room to the next. And they can help create a sense of spaciousness by opening up the area just a bit.

Plantation shutters can give some benefits to your passthrough or cutout. If the passthrough doesn’t have a countertop associated with it, you can use the shutters to frame the cutout as if it was a window. When cooking becomes a bit too noisy, you can just shut the cutout’s shutters to stifle the noise. Closing the treatments also means that the dinner is over! 

Other Shutter Uses 

Barn-door shutters outside a flat TV in Austin. 
Once you start viewing shutters as an all-around treatment, you will start finding other uses for shutters. For instance, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen television, shutters can help hide it from sight when not in use. This idea should also work well with other shutter products, like barn door shutters. You can even be able to put in shutters as doors on a cabinet or storage shelf. 

If you love your plantation shutters, talk to your shutter rep about some alternative uses for shutters in your Austin home. They will help you understand your options to bring the benefits of shutters to every area of your home.

Need Assistance Picking Shutters To Enhance Your Austin Home?

If you’re all set to get creative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters can help. Just give us a call at 512-549-6077or send in the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your goals and show samples of our different choices of all our shutters. 

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