Design & Inspiration

How to Buy Plantation Shutters

Why plantation shutters are perfect window furnishings?

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Plantation shutters are a great way to upgrade your window coverings in your home. Plantation shutters have louvers, similar to the PVC or metal slats you’d find on blinds. The difference is that plantation shutters open out, like double doors, instead of being pulled up like blinds.
 

Adds Character

If you want to add some character or personality to your home while still keeping a timeless look, plantation shutters are perfect. Although plantation shutters were originally made with wood, you can now get them made with PVC. They come in many different wood stains and colours too so you can choose something that fits the mood of your home. Go with a natural wood stain for a rustic style home, or the classic white for a modern feel.

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Window Furnishings Increase the Value of your Home

Unlike other blinds and shutters, plantation shutters can actually increase the value of your home. This is because they are popular and long-lasting. Since plantation shutters are custom made for the size of each window, they stay with the home and aren’t boxed up when someone moves out of the home. High quality plantation shutters won’t go out of style, either, making them worth the investment.

Plantation shutters are also great for privacy and safety, which can sometimes increase the value of your home. For example, some plantation shutters can be locked to deter thieves. And since plantation shutters close completely, you can rest assured that you’re getting the privacy you need.

Save Energy with Plantation shutters

Like the name suggests, Plantation shutters first became popular on farms in the Southern parts of America. With the hot and humid summers in that area, plantation shutters were the perfect thing to shut out the heat and light in order to keep homes cool. Because they are so snug and fitted to the window, closed plantation shutters keep the inside of your home insulated. In fact, energy.gov says that 30% of heating and cooling energy loss is caused by windows. So if you have a well-insulated window, your energy costs will go down.

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Durable & Low Maintenance

High quality plantation shutters will last for years, and they’re low maintenance, which makes them a great choice for any home. In fact, a great set of plantation shutters can last anywhere from 10-15 years, while other styles of blinds and shades last around 7-8 years. Cleaning is easy; simply dust or wipe down with a damp cloth. With just a little bit of maintenance, your plantation shutters will look beautiful for years to come.
 

Pet and Child Friendly

Unlike blinds that may have cords hanging down, plantation shutters are safe for pets and children. Instead, the louvres on these shutters are connected by a rod that lays against each louvre. Plantation shutters are also extremely durable, which means that your dog or cat will have a tough time ruining them.

If you’re ready to pick out the perfect set of shutters for your home, our Choices Flooring experts are here for you. We have a wide selection of plantation shutters online and in-store, so we welcome you to browse or come into one of our 140+ locations around Australia and New Zealand. We’re excited to help you complete the home of your dreams!


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