Plantation shutters are a beautiful option for covering your home’s windows. Named for their use in the old plantation homes of the South, these shutters feature wide louvres and panels that match with virtually any type of decor. Plantation shutters are a popular choice, both for their aesthetics and long-lasting functionality, but there are a few things you should consider before buying them. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before purchasing:
- Do you want wood or poly shutters? Plantation shutters come in two different materials: wood or poly, which is a man-made composite material. Many people choose wood shutters, because they are stronger and lighter than poly. This allows them to made into longer panels, too, which is usually more attractive and allows more light to filter in. Wood can also be stained to your preference, while poly shutters are only available in shades of white. However, poly shutters are less expensive and moisture resistant, which may be better in more humid climates.
- If opting for wood, what type of wood is it? If you decide to go with wood plantation shutters, consider what type of wood you want. Shutters can be found in poplar, oak, cypress, and other hardwoods. Poplar is a popular choice for many people because it’s lightweight and has a straight, smooth grain.
- What size louver will be best? Louvers, or the horizontal slats on plantation blinds, come in sizes ranging from 2 inches to 5 inches, with 3 ½ and 4 ½ inch louvers being the most commonly selected. When choosing louver size, it really comes down to personal taste, but you should also consider the size of your window and match louvre width to that.
- Do you need a mid-rail? A mid-rail is the horizontal plank that spans the middle of the window, allowing the louvers on either side of it to open and close independently. This is an optional piece that will add a bit more cost, but will also increase the shutters’ functionality and give you more control over the lighting in your space.
Contact Gallery of Shades today for an in-home consultation on plantation shutters and all your window treatment needs.