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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an important part of any room. They can be used to make a space seem 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 solution 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  • They don't get outdated.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 used for many years, and they'll continue to be used.
  • They complement a wide range of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will go with your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most traditional, you'll also have the alternative to make your shutters get noticed with statement 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 rooms 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 select the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary appearance. Or smaller ones if you like a classic style.
  • They can be fitted to just about any window, such as sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you choose custom plantation shutters, you'll get a fantastic 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 deliver a significant level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, letting in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit securely against the window, you can also achieve a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you buy the correct ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are durable and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially appealing to potential buyers.
  • They're easy to clean. Periodically dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, wet rag will keep them looking beautiful for many years.
  • They don't require much upkeep. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from loosening and maintain correct tension, so you won't need to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.

Cons of Plantation Shutters

  • They can be expensive. 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 purchase the wrong plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this issue by selecting a company that uses premium paint and offers a warranty for the finish.
  • They can droop. Ready-made plantation shutters made overseas tend to lose their shape as time passes. This is caused by empty louvers. A premium shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
  • They may need to be tightened. This issue is more typical with less expensive shutters. Quality ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're affordable. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're simple to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains by yourself.

Cons of Curtains

  • They go out of style fast. Styles change each year, so it's very easy for curtains to start looking outdated.
  • They can be difficult to move. This is particularly true for tall or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can impede with furniture. Long curtains can be a problem if you have furniture nearby and using shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
  • They don't look good on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good match for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't offer as much light management. It's more difficult to control how much light you allow 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 offer 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 Help!

Now that you are aware of the differences 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 seeking, 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 dream of a beautiful home a reality.


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