Plantation shutters are a beautiful addition to any home. Wonderfully flexible, they give you perfect control over the amount of light and air entering the room. They blend seamlessly into your décor, adding a contemporary touch of style.
What’s more, plantation shutters will improve curb appeal and boost the value of your home.
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What are plantation shutters?
These stylish window shutters have angled horizontal slats that can be opened to let in light and air. The slats, sometimes referred to as louvres, slope downwards from the outside in. This allows for optimal light and airflow to enter the room. When closed, they do the exact opposite. In fact, closed plantation window shutters do a fantastic job of blocking out light, reducing heat loss and maximising privacy.
The beauty of plantation shutters is the level of control you have over the amount of light and air entering the room. With a turn of the plantation tilt-rod, the slats can be tilted from fully open to fully closed, and anywhere in between. Whether you want lots of fresh air and a view, complete privacy, or soft shading, you can adjust your plantation-shutters to suit.
Where does the name come from?
The clue is in the name. Plantation shutters were originally installed on the windows of large houses on cotton and sugar plantations in the Southern USA, or the ‘Old South’. Back then, the window shutters were placed out the outside of the building, as protection from the heat and the sun. The louvred shutters were perfect for the hot and humid climate, allowing natural temperature control.
Now, we use plantation shutters all over the world and the shutters are placed inside the home. However, water resistant shutters are also available for the exterior of the home. In the UK, plantation shutters are now one of the most popular, contemporary solutions for window coverings.
What’s the difference between plantation shutters and blinds?
Plantation shutters are made-to-measure and sit inside their own frame, which is fitted to your windowsill or door frame. Blinds can also be fitted to the window recess. However, they don’t have their own frame and are lifted up and down by a string.
You’ll find indoor plantation shutters fit the window frame seamlessly, while still giving you the option to open and close the slatted panels as you wish. With blinds, the individual slats are held together with string rather than attached firmly to a frame.
Which type of windows will they fit?
This type of window shutter is extremely versatile. They can be installed on almost every type of window. The plantation shutter bay window option is a very popular choice, as the shutters can be mounted to suit the shape of the window. In this way, the shutters retain the original outline of the bay, rather than masking it with curtains. Bay window plantation shutters are the best way to preserve the integrity of your period home.
Depending on your window, you can choose from a wide range of styles. Whether you want the flexibility of tier on tier shutters, or you prefer the boutique look of café style shutters, you’ll find that plantation shutters are infinitely flexible. Full height shutters are also a practical and attractive option.
You can also have plantation shutters for sliding doors. If you’re looking for a covering for your sliding doors and bi-fold doors, this window shutter is a sleek and practical solution. Sliding plantation shutters can be installed on tracks to screen larger glazed areas, such as conservatories and office partitions.
What are they made of?
Our wooden plantation shutters are made from the finest quality solid timber. Wood is the natural choice for traditional shutters, being both beautiful and resilient. Driftwood shutters are also available for a less polished feel.
These wood plantation shutters can be finished in several ways; they can be painted, sandblasted or left to show the natural beauty of the wood. Stained shutters are a fashionable option and come in a variety of colours. We can also offer a variety of alternative finishes including fabric, faux leather or faux suede coverings.
Is there a choice of colour?
Wooden plantation shutters can be painted in any paint colour you choose to suit the style of your home. White plantation shutters are the most popular option, giving a crisp, fresh look. White window shutters and lighter colours will give a brighter feel to your room. They also have the benefit of not drawing undue attention to the shutters, allowing them to subtly blend into the surroundings.
Are they easy to clean?
Plantation shutters couldn’t be easier to keep clean. In comparison to curtains, they win hands down. There are no pleats or folds to gather dust, no need to wrestle them down from the curtain rod, no trips to the dry cleaners.
All your plantation shutters will need is a quick dusting with a cloth or feather duster. You can even use a hoover to dust off your shutters – just remember to use the soft brush nozzle to avoid scratching. Got some stains or sticky fingerprints? A simple wipe with a damp cloth will have them looking as good as new.
Will they keep in the heat?
Yes, indoor plantation shutters are well known for their ability to retain heat in a room. The closed shutters provide a good barrier from draughty windows and doors. For this reason, plantation shutters are an ideal option for homes with single glazing. Research by Glasgow Caledonian University confirms this, concluding that timber shutters reduce heat loss by 51%.
Coming from the hot, humid origins of the Deep South, you’ll find plantation shutters have remarkable properties for keeping heat out of a room as well. In hotter weather, your closed shutters will reflect the heat of the sun, keeping your room temperature cool and comfortable. Room darkening shutters are a popular choice for bedrooms and warmer climates.
What style of home do they suit?
You’ll find plantation-shutters in every type of home throughout the UK. Their stylish finish complements buildings from every era. You’ll find them in Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian homes. Bay window plantation shutters are an especially popular choice as the shutter fits the window in perfect harmony.
You’ll also find plantation shutters in contemporary properties from the 1930s, 1950s and modern new builds. The natural elegance and subtle styling of window plantation shutters make them an ideal addition to every style of home. Plantation shutters UK are a fashionable choice for all homes.
How much do plantation shutters cost?
When looking at plantation shutters cost, you’ll need to consider the height and width measurements of your windows. While you may think plantation shutter prices will work out expensive, the actual cost of plantation shutters may surprise you.
Plantation shutters may appear to be a luxury option, but they will earn their keep. Their fantastic insulation properties will help to reduce heating bills, and they’ll also protect your home furnishings from sun damage. In addition, they’re extremely hard wearing and require little to no maintenance. Ultimately, your plantation shutters are a permanent upgrade to your home and will help to increase the resale value.
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