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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an essential part of any room. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many styles of window treatments available now, but there are two that are the most popular among homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

Curtains are an affordable option for people who want to cover their windows with something decorative. Plantation shutters offer the same visual benefits as curtains, plus they also help insulate your home against cold drafts in the wintertime and hot air in the summertime.

We'll go over the pros and cons of each below so you can determine which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't go out of style. Interior shutters have been around for a long time, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They flatter a wide variety 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 conventional, you'll also have the option to make your shutters get noticed with bold 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, since they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in areas 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 choose the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary look. Or narrower ones if you love 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 great fit throughout your home, even on custom or specialty windows.
  • They're extremely energy efficient. Your windows are your home's main source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling indoors. They help you save energy through the way they're placed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They provide a significant level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, allowing 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 choose the correct ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are sturdy and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may boost your home's value. Custom-made shutters are very attractive to potential buyers.
  • They're simple to clean. Periodically dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, wet rag will keep them looking gorgeous for years to come.
  • They don't need much maintenance. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out and maintain correct tension, so you won't need to do much upkeep79 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 demonstrates that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you buy the wrong plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by selecting a company that uses quality paint and offers a warranty for the finish.
  • They can droop. Ready-made plantation shutters made overseas have a tendency to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by empty louvers. A quality shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
  • They may need tightening. This problem is more typical with cheaper shutters. Quality ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're inexpensive. 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 get outdated quickly. Trends come and go each year, so it's very easy for curtains to start looking outdated.
  • They can be difficult to move. This is especially true for large or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can interfere with furniture. Long curtains can be a problem if you have furniture nearby and using shorter curtains can look strange on certain windows.
  • They don't look great on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good fit for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't provide as much light control. 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 Assist You!

Now that you are aware of the differences between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better consider 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.