Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Austin
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Adding custom shutters can add a touch of color and elegance to your space.

As they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best serves your style and budget. After all, premier shutters can even help increase your Austin residence’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter options to select from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a wide variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are small discrepancies between the three types, and they might impact how these shutters will look in your house. Among the main differences is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are added distinctions in addition.

When you work with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Austin, we make it simple to pick the right shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation aids you start. We’ll bring the showroom to your house so you can see our beautiful, dependable shutters. That way, you can see how the colors and materials will enhance your residence.

Keep reading to discover the little distinctions between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters now. They’re usually available with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you want a contemporary appearance that can brighten any room and add an elegant detail, plantation shutters are a great choice.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters use thick cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood has a classic look and can be stained to work with your preferred color option.

They frequently are available in light colors to let more light into an area, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver width impacts how expansive of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re trying to complement current shutters in your house or are going for an antique style. This size is great for small windows, but also can be installed on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver widths, because it offers a modern style. It complements small to large windows while allowing in abundant sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it provides an extremely contemporary appearance. It’s good for large windows and patio doors, as it offers the best view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s usually white.

Quality types of this shutter are made from dense cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, though California shutters are typically a brighter color. This keeps rooms bright while allowing in sunshine.

Since California shutters have a narrower louver, they offer a more conventional look. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your house by customizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate option with narrow frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Premium versions of this shutter are made from furniture-grade hardwood, such as basswood. They deliver a traditional style that fits any window size.

We built Louver Shop of Austin on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re one of a couple of manufacturers in the world who still create this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is crucial, whichever shutter type you choose.

Ready-made shutters may appear like a smart buy, but they may possibly not fit your windows well. And if they’re foreign made, you never know what kind of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we complete the process with expert installation to ensure a great match.

To get started designing your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring the showroom to your residence, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and without pressure.