Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Southern California

Kimball Jones

If you installed plantation shutters in your home, you know how easy to maintain, energy-efficient, and charming they are. But can you guess the other ideas for using shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that will benefit other sections of your Southern California home? 

Savvy homeowners these days have found other uses for shutters beyond just window coverings. If you love plantation shutters, here are a few new ideas for other places to install interior shutters all over your home.

Shutters Can Cover Your Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Southern California 
Sure, people ask for plantation shutters over windows in Southern California, but they are also the optimal treatment for doors. Shutters are an attractive covering for sliding doors and french doors and offer optimal light control, privacy, and energy efficiency. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are extremely easy to clean and strong enough to stand up to your family going in and out on a constant basis.
Shutters as an interior door 
Plantation shutters can also be a interesting option for otherwise boring interior doors. Replace doors in bedroom closets, coat closets, linen closets, pantries, and more with plantation shutters. The easy-to-operate louvers can keep your closet contents private.
Shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

You can also install your shutters as an accordion door in pass-throughs between rooms. You can close the panels and louvers when you want to create privacy, filter noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Can Help With Passthroughs And Cutouts

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

A cutout or passthrough is a neat way to achieve openness by creating a window-like opening between rooms. Ideally, they allow dishes and food to to be passed to the next room without walking around to the door. And they can help open up your decor by opening up the room just a bit.

Plantation shutters bring some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If the passthrough doesn’t have a countertop on the bottom lip, your shutters can frame the cutout like a window. When pots and pans start clattering around in the kitchen, you can just shut the plantation shutters to stifle the offending sound. Closed treatments also means that the kitchen is closed! 

Ingenious Shutter Uses 

Barn-door shutters framing a flat-screen TV in Southern California. 
As you start viewing shutters as more than a window covering, you will begin seeing other uses for the treatment. For instance, for a hanging flat-screen TV, plantation shutters can effectively hide it from sight when not in use. This idea can also transfer over to other shutter products, like barn door shutters. You can even try to use some shutters as doors on a cabinet or storage shelf. 

If you love your plantation shutters, ask your shutter rep about some inventive uses for shutters in your Southern California home. They can help you explore ways to bring the advantages of plantation shutters to every area of your home.

Need A Hand Finding Plantation Shutters For An Innovative Use In Your Southern California Home?

If you’re all set to get innovative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters will help. Just contact us at or fill out the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your wants and demonstrate our selection of all our shutters.