What's the Difference Between Plantation Blinds and Traditional Blinds?

Plantation blinds are a great way to get the elegance of plantation shutters while sticking to a budget.

But what makes them differ from traditional blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Learn more below or schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Gulf Coast design specialists. We’ll help you select the best window blinds by bringing the showroom to you. Then we’ll make them just for your Gulf Coast home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think about blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly window covering often has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds work well in busy rooms with lots of foot traffic, since they’re easy to clean. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even quicker to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look similar to plantation shutters but have a number of distinguishing features.

1. Slat Width

Plantation blinds have wider slats than traditional blinds, typically as big as 2.5 inches. But their slats are smaller than plantation shutter louvers, which are as big as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Location

Plantation blinds are installed at the top of windows, while plantation shutters are installed inside the window opening.

3. Operating System

Many plantation blinds lower with a cord, but some have a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Customize Your Blinds

Our blinds are available in many different slat widths, finishes and materials. Highly desirable options include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which material you should select? Real wood blinds are great for rooms with little humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you want, you’ll have window treatments with greater light control.

Related: Shutters vs. Blinds—What’s Suitable for My Home?

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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