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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an important part of any home. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many styles of window treatments available today, but there are two that are the most well-liked by homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

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

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

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't go out of style. Interior shutters have been around for many years, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They flatter 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 get noticed 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, because they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in areas with a lot of heat or moisture, like 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 look. Or smaller ones if you like a classic style.
  • They can be installed on just about any window, such as sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you choose custom plantation shutters, you'll receive a great fit throughout your home, even on custom or specialty windows.
  • They're extremely energy efficient. Your windows are your home's primary source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling indoors. They help you conserve 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 tightly against the window, you can also achieve a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you choose the right ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are sturdy and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially appealing to prospective buyers.
  • They're easy to clean. Periodically dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, damp rag will keep them looking beautiful for many years.
  • They don't need much upkeep. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out and maintain correct tension, so you won't need to do much upkeep79 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 reflects that.
  • They can yellow over time. If you buy inexpensive plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by choosing a company that uses premium paint and includes a warranty for the finish.
  • They can sag. Ready-made plantation shutters manufactured overseas have a tendency to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by hollow louvers. A premium shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
  • They may need tightening. This issue is more typical with less expensive 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 simple to install. You can usually install curtain rods and curtains on your own.

Cons of Curtains

  • They get outdated fast. Trends come and go each year, so it's very easy for curtains to start looking outdated.
  • They can be difficult to adjust. This is especially true for large 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 offer as much light control. It's harder to control how much light you let in. If you're looking for a blackout effect, you still might have light seeping through the top or the sides of the curtains.
  • They aren't energy efficient. Curtains provide very low energy efficiency because of their design, material and the way they fit around windows.
  • They're hard to clean. Curtains get dusty fast 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 discolor them.

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

Now that you know more about the differences between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better consider your choices for window treatments. If custom plantation shutters are what you're after, we can assist you with that too! Contact us at 888-428-1415 to schedule 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 happen.


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