Why Some Homeowners In Southern California Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Kimball Jones

When homeowners in the Southern California area contact us for an estimate, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window treatment they have in mind.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

“Plantation” is used interchangeably with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And the term “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to pass for “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” but that word has historically been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation style shutters can be mistaken for 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 modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. Any of these materials result in a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a wand to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Southern California. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there are holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. These issues make blinds less energy efficient compared to well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps.

They Accentuate 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 arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters however are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every angle, corner, and arch. The completed product is a window treatment that looks stunning, makes the window shape pop, and operates smoothly.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can get blinds in an array of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be cordless or motorized. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Southern California are available in Polywood, Ovation® wood, and reclaimed wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to match your style.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. The shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that adds to your home’s appraisal value.

An example of an exceptional way to customize your window coverings is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have identical marks, holes, or colors. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Southern California area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Southern California

The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Southern California. We’ll bring samples of products right to your doorstep and help you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to get started!