Why Some Homeowners In Austin Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

Tyler Jorgensen

When Austin homeowners give us a call for a quote, they may mistakenly ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they have in mind.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”. That’s not the case with blinds. And “plantation” describes the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

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

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be manufactured from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters will not lose their original color.

In contrast to shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to move the slats. These two parts, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over temperature and brightness. And they can yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Austin. And it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient than quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

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

Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every corner, arch, and angle. The finished shutters is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

You can buy blinds in a selection of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be motorized and cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Austin come in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your décor.

Usually, shutters are mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. The interior shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent feature of your home, they adds to its appraisal value.

One exceptional idea for custom window treatments isshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have identical colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Austin area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Buy Window Treatments In Austin

Doing your research is the first step in picking the best window treatments. 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 Austin. We’ll bring product samples right to your doorstep and walk you through ordering the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Contact us at 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below to get started!