Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Minneapolis

George Christ

If you installed plantation shutters for your window treatments, you know how easy to maintain, energy-efficient, and charming they are. But did you know the other ways to use shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that can solve some problems in other sections of your Minneapolis home? 

Savvy homeowners use shutters beyond just window treatments. For us shutter lovers, here are some new ideas for how to get more use from your favorite window treatments in different ways in your home.

Shutters Can Hide Your Sliding Glass Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Minneapolis 
Sure, homeowners install plantation shutters over windows in Minneapolis, but they are also the optimal covering for doors. Shutters are an attractive covering for sliding doors and french doors and offer optimal light control, privacy, and energy efficiency. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are extremely easy to clean and dependable enough to stand up to your family entering and leaving day in and day out.
Shutters as a door 
Plantation shutters can also be a nice substitute for otherwise boring interior doors. Replace doors in closets, nooks, or pantries with plantation shutters. The shutters easily swing open and closed to keep the inside of the closet hidden away.
Interior shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

Other uses for shutters are having them installed as an accordion door or room divider. You can shut the panels and louvers during the times you want to create privacy, filter noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Are Handy For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Interior shutters framing out a cutout between the kitchen and living room 

A cutout or passthrough is a neat way to achieve openness with a traditional floorplan. Functionally, they allow things to to be passed to the next room without walking around to the door. And a passthrough can help give you more space by opening up the wall just a bit.

Plantation shutters bring some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If it doesn’t have a countertop associated with it, the treatments will frame the cutout like a window. When plates and dishes start clattering around in the kitchen, you can just close the cutout’s shutters to stifle the offending sound. Closing the treatments also might mean that the the cook is done for the night! 

Other Ways To Use Shutters 

Barn-door shutters around a flat-screen TV in Minneapolis. 
As you begin envisioning shutters as more than a window covering, you should start finding alternative uses for the coverings. For example, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen TV, shutters can help hide it from sight when you’re done watching your shows. This concept should also work well with other shutter products, like barn door shutters. You may even want to put in shutters as doors on a cabinet or bar area. 

If you love your shutters, talk to your Sunburst rep about some inventive uses for shutters in your Minneapolis home. They can help you understand ideas to bring the style of plantation shutters to new areas of your home.

Need A Hand Finding Shutters To Enhance Your Minneapolis Home?

If you’re all set to get inventive with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters can help. Just contact us at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your goals and show samples of our product lines of all our shutters.