Chicago Front Door & Sidelight Shutters

Chicago entryway shutters


The tall, skinny windows on the sides of your entry door are called sidelights. And while they can brighten up your foyer, give you a great view onto your front porch, and frame your home beautifully, it’s not a good idea to leave them uncovered.

What is a good idea is to install plantation shutters on your Chicago sidelight windows.

Shutters Make Sense for Entry Door Sidelights

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

Shutters Protect Your 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 the slats of your blinds. With sidelight shutters, you can completely block your interior from prying eyes, keeping your privacy intact. Just tilt the louvers and your home is private!

Chicago front door shutters 

Shutters Make Your Home More Comfortable

Many families have that one person who forgets to shut the front door all the way, making your HVAC system work harder. But you might not think as much about the heat that can come through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window covering you can buy – and they’re up to 1600% more energy efficient than typical blinds! 

Shutters Are Resilient & Better for Family Homes

If you live with pets or children, they probably look out of the sidelights when they [see|hear]57] a car pull in the driveway. A set of blinds can easily get mangled by a curious pet, and of course you don’t want your curtains pulled to the side so your window can get plastered with fingerprints from the little ones. Plantation shutters on your sidelights can avoid all of these issues, since they’re solid enough to handle even the rowdiest little ones, and your family can look all they want without ever touching the window pane.

Chicago foyer door with shutters 

Shutters Are Easier to Coordinate Sizes

All sidelights are unique. Some are a fraction of the size of the door, others are the same height as the door, and some may not even be the same shape. So shopping for a set of blinds, shades, or drapes that exactly fits the size and shape of your windows can be a chore. But plantation shutters are custom made for your windows, which promises a perfect fit without the headache.

Shutters Look Better In Your Entryway

Almost nothing makes a better impression in your foyer than coordinating your sidelights with your door. With a great selection of paints and stains available, we can easily color match to your door. And nothing compares to the handcrafted, timeless style of shutters in your foyer. Though some window treatments may look chintzy or cheap, shutters are a sure bet for timeless style.

Chicago patio door with sidelight shutters 

Shutters Work With Any Foyer Windows

Curtains and shades both require a minimum amount of space to install. If your front entryway is narrow or you don’t have enough space to the side of your window, it might be impossible to hang anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no matter what.

Shutters Don’t Move Unless You Move Them

When your door opens, it creates a vacuum that may make your blinds or shades rattle, sway or even get snagged in the door jamb. Shutters stay put at all times, since they’re attached to the window frame.

Common Questions About Sidelight Shutters

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

Can shutters go over the glass pane in my door?

They sure can. If there’s a window cutout on your front door, we can put a custom shutter frame around it.


Do sidelight shutters have to have a tilt rod?

Not necessarily. We offer plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” which means the only things that are visible those stunning louvers whether they’re open or closed.


Can shutters color match with my door?

Sure! We offer shutters in a wide array of paint colors and wood stains, and we can color match just about any style of door you might have.


Find Shutters for Your Chicago Sidelights

To learn more about the difference sidelight shutters can make in your Chicago home, you don’t even have to walk out the door. Set up a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Chicago, and we’ll send an expert to your door with all your window treatment options for your foyer. Fill out the form below or call 847-250-6544 today to get started!