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Interior Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

We’ve debunked some shutter myths in the past. During our previous myth-busting spree, we exposed a few common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Minneapolis.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis experts are back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners in and around Minnesota. Let’s jump right in.

Myth #1: “Plantation Shutters Are For Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners hear the name “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were actually popular way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Minneapolis pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their huge popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering great views for those huge houses–the name just stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just like Colonial homes, Prairie houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth#2: “My House Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners might think that shutters may seem somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their house was “too eclectic” to install shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can complement any style. 

Minneapolis man cave with shutters
Plantation shutters are adaptable to any fashion, from stylish parlor to fun man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they don’t go out of style. Get a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll look dated in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward year after year, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters And Blinds Are Basically The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Maybe it has to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Either way, blinds and shutters really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both.

What’s the difference?



Can they block out the entire window?




Suspended from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb


Usually wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window coverings are basically identical in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can differ by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and finish can all make a difference in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your everyday off the shelf aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are draperies and sturdy fabric window treatments. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory are typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re swimming in an ocean of half truths regarding shutters, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis today at 952-856-8130 to talk to one of our pros and set up your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.