Other Uses For Shutters Beyond Your Windows in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

If you use plantation shutters on your windows, you know how low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and charming they are. But can you guess the other ideas for using shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that will benefit other parts of your Austin home? 

Creative homeowners these days have created other uses for shutters beyond just window treatments. For us shutter lovers, here are a few new ideas for how to incorporate your favorite window treatments in different ways in your home.

Use Shutters To Cover 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 ideal 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 stand up to your family entering and leaving all day long.
 
Shutters as a door 

Plantation shutters can also be a stylish option for otherwise plain interior doors. Change out doors in pantries, closets, or more with shutters. The easy-to-operate louvers can keep your closet contents out of sight.

Plantation 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, block 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 have a passthrough or a cutout connecting two adjacent rooms. Ideally, the cutout lets dishes and food to pass between rooms. And a passthrough 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, your shutters can frame the cutout as if it was a window. When plates and dishes start banging about in the kitchen, you can just shut the shutters to stifle the noise. Closing the treatments also might mean that the dinner is over! 

Other Shutter Uses 

Barn-door shutters outside a flat-screen TV in Austin. 

As you begin viewing shutters as more than a window covering, you can start seeing 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 concept should also apply to other treatments, like barn door shutters. You can even want to put in shutters as doors on a cabinet or storage shelf. 

If you love your plantation shutters, talk to your shutter rep about other uses for shutters in your Austin home. They will help you understand your options to bring the benefits of shutters to all areas of your home.

Need Assistance Picking Shutters For An Innovative Use In Your Austin Home?

If you’re ready to get innovative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters will help. Just give us a call at or send in the form below to book a free in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your goals and demonstrate our different choices of all our shutters.