Plantation Blinds vs. Traditional Blinds Compared | Louver Shop of Austin
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Blinds and Traditional Blinds?

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

But what makes them different from regular blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Discover more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Austin design experts. We’ll help you pick the ideal window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll customize them just for your Austin home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might imagine mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly window covering typically has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds are ideal for busy areas with a lot of foot traffic, since they’re easy to maintain. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even easier to raise.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look similar to plantation shutters but have a handful of distinct features.

1. Slat Size

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

2. Installation Location

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

3. Operating System

Most plantation blinds are controlled with a cord, but some include a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Design Your Blinds

Our blinds can be ordered in a selection of slat sizes, finishes and materials. Most popular materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

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

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

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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