The Best Louver Size for Shutters in Chicago

Richard Rampton

We supply no shortage of options concerning plantation shutters in Chicago. Modify your shutters with choices in material (wood, faux wood, or reclaimed wood), paints or stains( bright whites, neutrals, or wood stains), and frames (traditional, Craftsman, or other decorative options). Then you need to pick the best louver size for your house.

3 Different Sizes Shutters Louvers 

So what’s the perfect louver size for your Chicago shutters? Let’s take a look at your options.

Options For Shutter Louver Sizes from Sunburst Shutters Chicago

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

2 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

The smallest louver size for shutters we offer. Other window treatment providers in Chicago may sell slightly smaller louvers, even as thin as 1½ inch or less than an inch. However, when you choose the smaller louver, you reduce the attractiveness of shutters, and it can be more difficult to see through when they’re apart and they are tougher to dust. When you choose a louver smaller than 2½ inches, shutters can also be falsely identified as blinds from afar, which isn’t what you were going for.

Plantation shutters 

2 ½ inch louvers have a clean, “colonial” look to them. The thinner but still clean lines of these shutters provide a distinct style to your windows, making them perfect for homes built in the Colonial Revival style, or similar styles like the American Foursquare.

3 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

3½ inch shutter louvers are the best-selling plantation shutters. While 4½ inches can be a little big for some Chicago homeowners’ needs, and 2½ inches can look a little cluttered – this 3½ inch option strikes a great medium between the two.

Polywood plantation and couch 

3½ inch louvers are also the most versatile style for Chicago shutters. No matter the window area, their shape, or any other quirk, the louvers don’t bunch up or look bulky or flimsy in comparison. This is key if you need to put shutters in different areas in your home. It always looks better when your louver sizes are the same, so you might try 3½ inch louvers to standardize your Chicago wood shutters.

4 ½ Inch Shutter Louvers

Our widest louvers are sized at 4½ inches. These louvers help our shutters, whether Polywood faux wood shutters or natural hardwood, look eye-catching. They also give you the most unobstructed view when they are opened, since there’s even more space between each louver and less louvers overall to obstruct the view. Fewer louvers also makes cleaning a little easier, with fewer louvers to take care of every so often.

Closeup of White Plantation Shutters 

Which Shutter Louver Size Works best for you?

Ultimately, your decision will be based on which style you like best, and which size of shutter louver complements your current home decor. To get a better illustration, schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Chicago by calling 847-250-6544 or filling out the form below.