Sidelight windows next to a front door

Other Uses For Shutters Apart From Covering Windows in Chicago

December 11, 2019

If you have already hung plantation shutters in your home, you know how easy to clean, energy-efficient, and beautiful they are. But can you guess the other ideas for using shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that will benefit other sections of your Chicago home? 

Innovative homeowners these days have found other uses for shutters beyond just covering windows. For us shutter lovers, here are a few novel ideas for how to incorporate your favorite window treatments in different ways in your home.

Use Shutters To Cover Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Chicago 
While people in Chicago ask for plantation shutters on their windows, they are also the perfect treatment for doors. Shutters can adequately cover sliding doors and french doors and offer optimal light control, privacy, and temperature control. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are extremely easy to clean and durable enough to endure your family using the door day in and day out.
 
 
Shutters as an interior door 
Plantation shutters can also be a stylish option for otherwise plain interior doors. Change out doors in bedroom closets, coat closets, linen closets, pantries, and more with shutters. The shutters easily swing open and closed to keep your clothes or food private.
 
Shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

Shutters can also be used as an accordion door in large rooms. You can straighten the panels and louvers during the times you need privacy, block noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Can Help With Passthroughs And Cutouts

Shutters framing out a cutout between the kitchen and living room 

Sometimes houses with traditional layouts that use a passthrough or a cutout in between two adjacent rooms. Functionally, a passthrough or cutout allows dishes and food to flow from one room to the next. And a cutout or passthrough can help create a sense of spaciousness by opening up the room just a bit.

Plantation shutters can give some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If it doesn’t have a countertop associated with it, you can use the shutters to frame the cutout like a window. When the living room’s stereo noise is encroaching into the kitchen, you can just close off the cutout’s shutters to muffle the offending sound. Closing the plantation shutters also might mean that the dinner is over! 

Other Uses For Shutters 

Barn-door shutters around a flat TV in Chicago. 
The more you think about shutters outside of a window-only treatment, you will start seeing alternative uses for the coverings. For instance, if you have hung your flat-screen TV, plantation shutters can help hide it from sight when not in use. This idea should also apply to other treatments, like barn door shutters. You might even be able to install some shutters as doors on a cabinet or storage shelf. 

If you love your shutters, ask your shutter rep about some alternative uses for shutters in your Chicago home. They can help you explore ideas to bring the style of shutters to every area of your home.

Need Help Finding Shutters For An Innovative Use In Your Chicago Home?

If you’re inspired to get creative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters can help. Just contact us at 847-250-6544 or send in the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. We’ll discuss your needs and demonstrate our product lines of premium shutters. 

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