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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an essential part of any home. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your style. There are many styles of window treatments available today, but there are two that are the most well-liked by homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

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

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

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't get outdated. Interior shutters have been around for a long time, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They flatter a wide range 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 alternative 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 appearance. Wood plantation shutters are ideal for large windows, because they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in areas with a lot of heat or moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
  • They're very customizable. With custom shutters, you'll be able to select the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary appearance. Or smaller 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 select custom plantation shutters, you'll get a fantastic 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 where it belongs. They help you conserve energy through the way they're placed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They provide a high level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, allowing in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit tightly 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 durable and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially appealing to prospective buyers.
  • They're simple to clean. Occasionally dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, damp rag will keep them looking beautiful for many years.
  • They don't require much maintenance. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from loosening 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 high-end window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price reflects that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you purchase inexpensive plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their paint to crack or yellow. You can prevent this issue by selecting a company that uses premium paint and includes a warranty for the finish.
  • They can sag. Ready-made plantation shutters made overseas tend 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 issue.
  • They may need to be tightened. This issue is more typical with less expensive shutters. Premium ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're affordable. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're easy to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains on your own.

Cons of Curtains

  • They go out of style fast. Trends change each year, so it's easy for curtains to start looking outdated.
  • They can be difficult to move. This is especially true for tall or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can interfere with furniture. Long curtains can be a problem if you have furniture nearby and having shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
  • They don't look good on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't an ideal 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 let in. If you're searching 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 hang around windows.
  • They're hard to clean. Curtains get dusty quickly 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 bleach them.

Can’t Decide on the Right Window Treatment? We Can Help!

Now that you are aware of the differences between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better think over your choices for window treatments. If custom plantation shutters are what you're seeking, we can help with that too! Contact us at 888-428-1415 to request your free, in-home consultation with one of our designers. With your vision and our expertise, we'll be able to make your vision of a beautiful home happen.