The Best Louver Size for Shutters in Southern California

Kimball Jones

You have no lack of choices concerning plantation shutters in Southern California. Personalize your shutters with options in material (wood, faux wood, or reclaimed wood), paints or stains( whites, neutrals, or wood stains), and frames (traditional, Craftsman, or other decorative options). Then you need to select the perfect louver size for your windows.

3 Different Sizes Shutters Louvers 

So what’s the appropriate louver size for your Southern California shutters? Let’s check out your options.

Options For Shutter Louver Sizes from Sunburst Shutters Southern CA

For our premium shutters, Polywood® and Ovation® wood shutters alike, we make louver size options in 2½ inches, 3½ inches, and 4½ inches. Also consider that some shutter manufacturers will charge separately for different louver sizes, but Sunburst Shutters Southern CA won’t!

2 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

The smallest louver size for shutters we offer. Other window treatment providers in Southern California may offer slightly smaller louvers, even as tiny as 1½ inch or less than an inch. However, when you choose the smaller louver, you decrease the allure of shutters, and it can be tougher to see between the louvers when they’re open and they are harder to clean. When you install window treatments with louvers less than 2½ inches, shutters can also be confused for blinds from afar, which defeats the purpose.

Plantation shutters 

However, 2½ inch louvers have a clean, “colonial” look to them. The thinner but still clean lines of these shutters give a simple elegance to your windows, making them ideal for homes designed in the Colonial Revival style, or similar designs like the American Foursquare.

3 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

3½ inch shutter louvers are basically the gold standard of plantation shutters. While 4½ inches can be a little big for some Southern California homeowners’ preferences, and 2½ inches can look a little cluttered – this 3½ inch option is a great fit between the two.

Polywood plantation and couch 

3½ inch louvers are also the most versatile style for Southern California shutters. No matter the size of your windows, if they are circle, arched, or diamond, or any other quirk, the louvers don’t bunch up or seem heavy or too small in comparison. This is essential if you’re looking to put shutters in multiple rooms in your home. It always looks better when your louver sizes are consistent, so look at 3½ inch louvers to standardize your Southern California wood shutters.

4 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

Our widest louvers are sized at 4½ inches. These louvers make our shutters, whether Polywood faux wood shutters or natural hardwood, look bold and beautiful. They also give you the most unobstructed view when you open them, since there’s more space between each louver and fewer louvers overall to block the light. Fewer louvers also makes maintenance a breeze, with fewer louvers to take care of every so often.

Closeup of White Plantation Shutters 

Which Shutter Louver Size Works best for you?

Basically, your decision will be based on which style you like best, and which size of shutter louver looks best with your current home decor. To get a better illustration, schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Southern CA by calling 888-611-2474 or filling out the form below.