Southern California Front Door & Sidelight Shutters

Southern California foyer shutters


The tall, skinny windows on either side of your front door are called sidelights. And while they can brighten up your foyer, give you a great view 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 choose plantation shutters for your Southern California home’s sidelight windows.

Shutters Make Sense for Entry Door Sidelights

No window covering pairs as well with sidelights than plantation shutters. These are just some of the benefits waiting for your home.

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 totally block your interior from prying eyes, keeping your privacy intact. All it takes is a simple tilt of the louvers and your home is private!

Southern California front door shutters 

Shutters Keep Your Home Comfortable

At least one member of your family probably forgets to shut the front door all the way, making your AC or heater work overtime. But you might not think as much about the heat that is lost or gained through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the highest rated window treatments for energy efficiency – and can block more than half of all energy transfer through your windows! 

Shutters Are Sturdier & Better for Family Homes

If you live with pets or children, they probably look out of the sidelights if they [see|hear]57] a car pull in the driveway. Flimsy blinds can easily be destroyed by an excited pet, and you probably don’t want your drape pushed to the side so your window can get plastered with handprints from the little ones. Sidelight shutters can avoid all of these issues, since they’re solid enough to handle even the rowdiest little ones, and everyone can look all they want without ever touching the window pane.

Southern California foyer door with shutters 

Shutters Are Easier to Size Out

Sidelights are all different. Some are smaller than the door, some are the same size as the door, and some aren’t even the same shape. So shopping for a set of drapes or blinds that exactly fits the size and shape of your windows might not be easy. Plantation shutters on the other hand are custom-built for your windows, which promises a perfect fit without the hassle.

Shutters Look Better In Your Entryway

Almost nothing makes a better impression in your foyer than matching your sidelights to your door. With a variety of paints and stains available, we can perfectly color match to your door. And nothing compares to the expertly crafted, timeless look of shutters in your front door. Whereas some window coverings can look gaudy or cheap, shutters guarantee timeless fashion.

Southern California patio door with sidelight shutters 

Shutters Can Go On Any Entryway Windows

Blinds and shades both need a certain amount of space to put in. If your foyer is narrow or you don’t have a certain amount of space to the side of your window, it might be impossible to put anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no exceptions.

Shutters Don’t Move Unless You Want Them To

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

Common Questions About Sidelight Shutters

What types of shutters can be installed on sidelights?
Our Polywood faux wood shutters, Ovation wood shutters, reclaimed wood shutters, and Studio Shutters are all offered for sidelights. 

Can shutters go over the glass pane in my door?

Yes. If there’s a window cutout on your front door, we can install a custom shutter frame on it.


Do my shutters have to have a tilt rod?

Not in all cases. Sunburst builds plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” so all you’ll be able to see are those smart louvers whether they’re open or closed.


Can you color match sidelight shutters to my door?

Absolutely! We make shutters in a wide array of paint colors and wood stains, and we can approximate just about any style of door you might have.


Find Shutters for Your Southern California Sidelights

To see how much of a difference sidelight shutters can make in your Southern California home, you don’t even have to walk out the door. Schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Southern CA, and we’ll come to you with all your options for window treatments for your space. Use the form below or call 888-611-2474 today to get started!