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What's the Difference Between Plantation Blinds and Traditional Blinds?

Plantation blinds are an ideal way to add the look of plantation shutters while keeping to a budget.

But what makes them different from traditional 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 Columbia design consultants. We’ll help you choose the ideal window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll customize them just for your Columbia home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This best-selling, budget-friendly blind usually has one-inch aluminum slats.

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

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

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

1. Slat Thickness

Plantation blinds have larger slats than regular blinds, typically as large as 2.5 inches. But their slats are narrower than plantation shutter louvers, which are as wide as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Location

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

3. Operating System

The majority of plantation blinds are raised with a cord, but some have a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Design Your Blinds

Our blinds come in many different slat thicknesses, finishes and materials. Best-selling materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which type to choose? Real wood blinds are best for rooms with not a lot of humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

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

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

Get Started Planning Your Plantation Blinds Today

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