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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an essential part of any home. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many kinds of window treatments available now, but there are two that are the most popular among homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

Curtains are an affordable option for people who want to cover their windows with something attractive. Plantation shutters provide the same aesthetic benefits as curtains, plus they also help insulate your home against cold drafts in the wintertime and hot air in the summertime.

We'll review the pros and cons of each below so you can decide which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't get outdated. Interior shutters have been around for a long time, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They complement a wide variety of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will fit your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most conventional, you'll also have the alternative to make your shutters stand out with bold colors like gray, bright red or deep blue.
  • They can be installed throughout your home for a cohesive look. Wood plantation shutters are great for large windows, since they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in areas with a lot of heat or moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
  • They're highly customizable. With custom shutters, you'll be able to choose the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary appearance. Or narrower ones if you like a classic style.
  • They can be fitted to just about any window, including sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you choose custom plantation shutters, you'll get a great fit throughout your home, even on custom or specialty windows.
  • They're very energy efficient. Your windows are your home's main source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling where it belongs. They help you save energy through the way they're installed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They provide a significant level of light control. A tilt bar adjusts the louvers, letting in as little or as much light as you desire. Because shutters fit securely against the window, you can also attain a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you buy the right ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are durable and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may boost your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially appealing to potential buyers.
  • They're simple to clean. Periodically dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, wet rag will keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
  • They don't require much maintenance. Top-quality shutters have features that keep staples from loosening and maintain proper tension, so you won't have to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.

Cons of Plantation Shutters

  • They can be pricey. Custom plantation shutters are a premium window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price demonstrates that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you purchase inexpensive plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by selecting a company that uses quality paint and includes a warranty for the finish.
  • They can sag. Ready-made plantation shutters manufactured overseas tend to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by empty louvers. A quality shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this issue.
  • They may need tightening. This issue is more common with cheaper shutters. Premium ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're inexpensive. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're easy to install. You can usually install curtain rods and curtains on your own.

Cons of Curtains

  • They go out of style fast. Styles come and go each year, so it's very easy for curtains to start looking dated.
  • They can be hard to adjust. This is especially true for tall or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can impede with furniture. Long curtains can be an issue if you have furniture nearby and using shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
  • They don't look great on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good fit for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't provide as much light management. It's harder to control how much light you let in. If you're looking for a blackout effect, you still might have light leaking through the top or the sides of the curtains.
  • They aren't energy efficient. Curtains provide very low energy efficiency due to of their design, material and the way they fit around windows.
  • They're hard to clean. Curtains get dusty quickly and can harbor allergens. While some styles may be washable, others might require specialty or dry cleaning.
  • They can yellow or lose color over time. Unless your curtain fabric includes UV protection, sunlight can bleach them.

Can’t Decide on the Right Window Treatment? We Can Assist You!

Now that you know more about the distinctions between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better think over your choices for window treatments. If custom plantation shutters are what you're after, we can help with that too! Give us a call at 888-428-1415 to request your free, in-home consultation with one of our designers. With your vision and our expertise, we'll be able to make your vision of a beautiful home a reality.


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