Austin Entryway & Sidelight Shutters

The tall, thin windows on either side of your front door are known as sidelights. And while they can let light into your foyer, let you see outside onto your front porch, and frame your facade beautifully, it’s not a good idea to leave them uncovered.

What is a good idea is to install plantation shutters on your Austin sidelight windows.


Shutters Pair Best With Entry Door Sidelights

No window treatment pairs as well with sidelights than plantation shutters. Just take a look at the benefits they offer your front door.


Shutters Give You More Privacy

If a salesperson or stranger is at your front door, the last thing you want them to be able to do is look through a thin curtain or between your blinds. With sidelight shutters, you can completely block out the view from outside, keeping your privacy intact. All it takes is a simple tilt of the louvers and your privacy is preserved!

St. George Sidelight

Shutters Keep Your Home Comfortable

At least one member of your family probably forgets to shut the front door all the way, making your HVAC system work harder. But you might not think as much about the heat that can come through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy-efficient window covering you can buy – and are several times more effective than typical wood or vinyl shutters! 


Shutters Are Sturdier & Better For Family Homes

If you live with pets or children, you can expect them to look out of the sidelights if they hear you get home. A set of blinds can easily be destroyed by a curious pet, and of course you don’t want your curtains pulled to the side so your window can get plastered with handprints from the kids. Sidelight shutters don’t need to worry about those problems, since they’re sturdy enough to withstand even the rowdiest little ones, and the kids can look through them without having to touch the glass.

Vegas sidelights

Shutters Are Easier To Size Out

Sidelights are all unique. Some are smaller than the door, others are the same size as the door, and some may not even be the same shape. So shopping for a set of blinds or drapes that perfectly fits the height of your windows could be a pain. Plantation shutters on the other hand are custom-built for your windows, which promises a perfect fit without the headache.


Shutters Look Better In Your Front Door

Almost nothing makes a better impression in your entryway than coordinating your sidelights with your door. With a wide array of colors available, we can seamlessly color match to your door style. And there’s just something special about the expertly crafted, classic look of shutters in your front door. Whereas some window treatments may look chintzy or cheap, shutters guarantee timeless style.

Sidelight windows next to a front door

Shutters Work With Any Foyer Windows

Blinds, shades, and drapes all require a minimum amount of space to put in. If your entryway is narrow or you don’t have much space on either side of your sidelights, you might not be able to put anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no exceptions.


Shutters Don’t Move Unless You Move Them

When your door opens or closes, it creates a vacuum that might make your blinds or shades rattle, sway or even get caught in the door jamb. Shutters stay exactly where they’re supposed to: on your window at all times.


Sidelight Shutter FAQs

What kind of shutters can be installed on sidelights?

Can shutters be installed on the glass cutout in my door?

Absolutely. If you have a window cutout on your entryway door, we can install a custom shutter frame around it.

Do my shutters have to have a tilt rod?

Not in all cases. Sunburst builds plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” which means the only things that are visible those smart louvers whether they’re open or shut. 

Can shutters color match with my door?

Sure! We offer shutters in a variety of colors and wood stains, and we can approximate just about any kind of door.


Find Shutters For Your Austin Sidelights

To learn more about the difference sidelight shutters can make in your Austin home, you don’t even have to walk out the door. Schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Austin, and we’ll send an expert to your door with all your options for window treatments for your space. Fill out the form below or call 512-549-6077 today to get started!