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Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Southern California

December 11, 2019

If you have already hung plantation shutters on your windows, you know how low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and beautiful they are. But can you guess the other uses for shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that can help with other areas of your Southern California home? 

Savvy homeowners use shutters beyond just window coverings. For us shutter lovers, here are some novel ideas for how to incorporate your favorite window treatments all over your home.

Use Shutters To Cover Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Southern California 
Plantation shutters have been seen as a ideal window covering for Southern California, but they are also the ideal treatment for doors of all types. Shutters can fully cover sliding doors and french doors and offer optimal light control, privacy, and energy efficiency. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are still easy to clean and strong enough to stand up to your family going in and out on a constant basis.
Shutters as a closet door 
Plantation shutters can also be a stylish substitute for otherwise boring interior doors. Change out your doors in pantries, closets, or more with plantation shutters. The shutters easily swing open and closed to keep your clothes or food out of sight.
Shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

You can also set up your plantation shutters as an accordion door in pass-throughs between rooms. You can close the panels and louvers when you need privacy, muffle noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Work Well For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Wood shutters framing out a cutout between the kitchen and living room 

Occasionally when a home doesn’t have a completely open concept, it will have a passthrough or cutout connecting the kitchen and another room. Ideally, they allow things like food or plates to pass between rooms. And a cutout or passthrough can help open up your decor by opening up the room a little bit.

Shutters bring some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If the passthrough doesn’t have a countertop underneath, the treatments will frame the cutout as if it was a window. When electric mixers and coffee grinders start making noise in the kitchen, you can just close off the cutout’s shutters to stifle the noise. Closed shutters also means that the dinner is over! 

Even More Shutter Uses 

Barn-door shutters outside a TV in Southern California. 
As you start viewing shutters as more than a window covering, you will start thinking up innovative uses for the coverings. For example, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen television, shutters can help hide it from sight when you’re done watching your shows. This idea can also apply to other shutters, like barn door shutters. You may even try to install some shutters as doors on a cabinet or bar area. 

If you love your plantation shutters, ask your shutter rep about other uses for shutters in your Southern California home. They will help you understand ideas to bring the style of shutters to new areas of your home.

Need Assistance Choosing Plantation Shutters To Enhance Your Southern California Home?

If you’re inspired to get creative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters can help. Just call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. We’ll examine your needs and show you our product lines of all our shutters.