Why Some Homeowners In Kingsport Mistake Plantation Blinds For Plantation Shutters

Jacob Hayes

When Kingsport homeowners contact us for an estimate, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds is the wrong term for the window covering they want.

When people say “plantation blinds”, they‘re referring to plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”. Blinds aren’t. And the word “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds have thin horizontal slats that are usually called slats. But these slats are not wide enough or thick enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has historically been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation style shutters might look like blinds from a distance. But the differences between these two window treatments are numerous.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Kitchen windows covered with blinds
Plantation shutters covering a kitchen window 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from hardwood, reclaimed wood, or a synthetic wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that outlasts blinds by decades. And when you get shutters with UV stabilizer-infused paint, their color won’t fade.

In contrast to shutters, blinds may have a wand to move the slats. And they have a series of cords to hold the slats up. These two parts, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for breaking.

Blinds are also not effective at giving you control over brightness and temperature. And they are likely to yellow after years in the sun, unlike quality shutters.

They’re Highly Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency starts with the material a window treatment is made from. Plantation shutters, with their synthetic wood and wood louvers, are known to be the most energy efficient window treatment in Kingsport. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s made to help block off airflow. That’s how Polywood is 1600% more energy efficient than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. There are holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These weak points make blinds less energy efficient than well-built plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to keep in mind is that a rectangle is the only shape blinds come in. And when you have windows that are arched, triangular, octagonal, or circular, blinds will cover up the shape rather than show it off.

Plantation shutters on the other hand are perfect for specialty shaped windows. They are custom made to every arch, angle, and corner. The completed product is a window treatment that operates smoothly. And it will look stunning and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your Home A Custom Look

Yes, you can order blinds in a wide variety of textures, finishes, and colors. They can even be motorized or cordless. But no matter how you mix and match their options, blinds don’t have the custom look that shutters have.

Plantation shutters in Kingsport are available in Ovation® wood, reclaimed wood, and Polywood. And there’s more than 300,000 combinations of custom options of these window treatments to fit your style.

Shutters are usually installed with a frame that highlights the shutter panels and accentuates the corners. These plantation shutters become a fashion statement in and of themselves. And as a permanent fixture, they adds to your home’s appraisal value.

One example of an exceptional idea for custom window treatments is plantationshutters built from reclaimed wood. No two shutter panels - no two shutter louvers - have similar holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment you can find in the Kingsport area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Order Window Coverings In Kingsport

Doing your research is the first step in picking the best window treatments. It’s helped you figure out how blinds and plantation shutters are different. So before you order window coverings, schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Kingsport. We’ll bring samples of products right to your doorstep and guide you in choosing the one that works best for your windows. Give us a call at 276-378-7422 or fill out the form below to get started!