Other Uses For Shutters Apart From Covering Windows in Chicago

Richard Rampton

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

Innovative homeowners will use shutters beyond just covering windows. For us shutter lovers, here are a few new ideas for other places to install shutters in different ways in your home.

Use Shutters To Cover Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Chicago 
Plantation shutters have been looked as a classic window covering for Chicago, but they are also the perfect treatment for doors of all types. 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 stand up to your family using the door day in and day out.
Shutters as a closet door 
Plantation shutters can also be a nice alternative for otherwise drab interior doors. Change out doors in closets, nooks, or pantries 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

You can also use your plantation shutters as an accordion door in large rooms. You can straighten the panels and louvers anytime you need privacy, filter noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Can Help With Passthroughs And Cutouts

Shutters framing out a cutout between the kitchen and living room 

A cutout or passthrough is a novel way to get some openness with a traditional floorplan. Functionally, a passthrough or cutout allows things to pass between rooms. And a cutout or passthrough can help open up your decor 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 underneath, your shutters can frame the cutout like a window. When the family room’s stereo noise is encroaching into the kitchen, you can just close off the shutters to reduce the offending sound. Closed plantation shutters also might mean that the dinner is over! 

Even More Ways To Use Shutters 

Barn-door shutters around a flat TV in Chicago. 
Once you begin envisioning shutters as an all-around covering, 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 concept should also apply to other treatments, like barn door shutters. You might even want 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 all areas 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 give us a call at or send in the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. We’ll discuss your wants and show samples of our product lines of plantation and barn door shutters.