Why Some Homeowners In Chicago Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

Richard Rampton

When Chicago homeowners ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. But plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they want.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are in fact plantation shutters.

The word “plantation” is synonymous with interior shutters. Blinds aren’t. And “plantation” refers to the size and style of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be considered “plantation” style.

Some consumers and even blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has always been associated with custom interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters can look like blinds at a glance. But the differences between these two window treatments are plenty.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
A modern kitchen with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Are More Durable Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials give you a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when you order shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, their color won’t fade.

Unlike shutters, blinds may have a rod to tilt the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. Those two parts, as well as the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over temperature and light. And they tend to yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, which is not the case with quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their wood and synthetic wood louvers, are the most energy efficient window treatment in Chicago. But it’s Polywood®’s exclusive weatherstripping that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there are holes where the cords are. The slats aren’t tight against each other. And there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. These issues make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters that close with little to no gaps.

They Accentuate The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to consider is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And if your window are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every arch, angle, and corner. The completed product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look beautiful and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

You can order blinds in a wide variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized or cordless. But however you mix and match their options, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Chicago are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments to match your personal taste.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that accentuates the corners and highlights the shutter panels. The interior shutters become a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent feature of your home, they adds to its appraisal value.

One exceptional way to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical colors, marks, or holes. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you’ve been looking for in the Chicago area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Coverings In Chicago

The first step in selecting the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you buy window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Chicago. We’ll bring samples of products right to your house and guide you in picking the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to get started!