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Shutters vs. Blinds—What's Suitable for My Columbia Space?

Want to change out your window treatments in Columbia but not sure where to dive in? We’ve examined the difference between two of our best-selling window treatments—custom plantation shutters and horizontal blinds.

Both have your home covered for privacy and light control. But they have several distinct features.

White plantation shutters in a bathroom

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have wide louvers. This classic window treatment is installed on your window frame. They’re usually seen in white, off-white or natural stain colors. Or produced in the color of your choice.

While the louvers are managed by a visible or hidden tilt rod, the shutters can also open away from windows much like a door.

They can be either:

  • Wood plantation shutters
  • Faux wood plantation shutters
  • Vinyl plantation shutters

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Wood blinds in a bathroom

Blinds

Blinds have thin slats created from metal, wood, fabric or other materials. This cost-effective window treatment comes in an assortment of colors and materials.

Window blinds are often operated by a pull cord, although some models are cordless.

They’re created in styles like vertical blinds or horizontal blinds.

Wood horizontal blinds or faux wood horizontal blinds are sometimes referred to as plantation blinds because of their wide slats. 

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Find the Right Option for Your Home

We can help you decide on the right look for your Columbia home during a free, in-home consultation. Experience product samples, get your windows measured and receive our everything’s-included Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote at no fee. Or obligation.

Benefits of Louver Shop of Columbia Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters may look very much alike from manufacturer to manufacturer, but they’re not created similarly. At Louver Shop of Columbia, we’re proud to make our window shutters here in the United States.

That means you’ll receive your shutters faster—often in three weeks or less. And you’ll get a gorgeous window treatment that will last for years.

Learn more about the numerous benefits of our shutters.

1. Premier Style Customized for Your Home

Our top-of-the-line plantation shutters are highly customizable.

You can select:

  • Louver width 
  • Materials like high-quality American hardwood or polymer, which is suitable for high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms 
  • Colors or natural stains* 
  • Design preferences, such as frame style, to complement any style of house

2. Better Energy Efficiency

Our shutters can help curb utility bills. Save even more with LouverWood™, a contemporary synthetic that insulates three times better than wood.

3. Guaranteed to Last

We back our shutters with one of the best warranties in the business.

We guarantee they won’t:

  • Warp
  • Bend
  • Crack
  • Peel
  • Discolor

4. Safe for Your Family

Plantation shutters have no cords, so you don’t have to worry if your home has small children or pets.

At Louver Shop of Columbia, we use nontoxic, water-based finishes that are safe for your family and the environment.

Foreign-made shutters are usually stained with paints high in volatile organic compounds, which can cause headaches and dizziness.

5. Easy Maintenance

Shutters are practically effortless to clean with a duster or rag. Ours don’t require a lot of maintenance, because they’ll never demand tightening or adjustment.

6. Increase Home Value

We designed our quality shutters to last for a long time. As a custom, permanent window treatment, they can also increase your home’s value.

Brown plantation shutters in a living room
 

How do Shutters Match Up to Blinds?

Interior shutters are an investment in your home and offer a number of benefits.

While window blinds are generally less pricey, you’ll need to replace them more often. They also don’t give as much energy efficiency.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Start by requesting a free consultation today! We’ll pair you with a design consultant in Columbia.

Your expert will help you select expertly crafted shutters right in the comfort of your living room. And provide you with measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote—all at no cost or obligation.

*Available colors may vary by product. Please ask your Louver Shop of Columbia design consultant for more information.

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