Why Some Homeowners In Nashville Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

Stefano Diotaiuti

When homeowners in the Nashville area ask us for a quote, they might accidentally ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window treatment they‘re thinking of.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And the term “plantation” refers to the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that most people call slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to pass for “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” when that word has historically been associated with interior louvered shutters. Plantation shutters might look like blinds at a glance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

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 manufactured from reclaimed wood, synthetic wood, or hardwood. These materials result in a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when your shutters are painted with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters never lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to adjust the slats. Those two components, in addition to the thin slats, are susceptible to breaking.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they tend to yellow when overexposed to the sun, unlike quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

The material a window treatment is made from greatly affects its energy efficiency. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Nashville. But it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help seal off airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When the blind is closed, there’s space on both sides of the blind where air can escape through. Holes are visible where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. All these weak points make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight 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 octagonal, circular, arched, or triangular, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to account for every corner, arch, and angle. The completed shutters is a functional window treatment that looks stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

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

Plantation shutters in Nashville are available in reclaimed wood, Polywood, and Ovation® wood. And there’s 300,000+ combinations of custom options of these window treatments so they fit your style.

Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners of the window. The shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And as a permanent feature of your home, they increases its appraisal value.

One exceptional way to customize your window treatments is plantationshutters built 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 Nashville area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Nashville

Doing your research is the first step in selecting the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you buy window treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our team members in Nashville. We’ll bring samples of products right to your home and guide you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Call us at 615-236-8530 or fill out the form below to get started!