Sidelight windows next to a front door

Other Uses For Shutters Beyond Your Windows in Minneapolis

December 11, 2019

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

Creative homeowners use shutters beyond just window coverings. For us shutter lovers, here are some novel 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 
Plantation shutters have been seen as a ideal window covering for 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 going in and out day in and day out.
Shutters as a door 
Plantation shutters can also be a stylish substitute for otherwise boring interior doors. Change out your doors in closets, nooks, or pantries with plantation shutters. The shutters easily swing open and closed to keep the inside of the closet out of sight.
Interior shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

You can also install your shutters as an accordion door or room divider. You can shut the panels and louvers anytime you want to create privacy, filter noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Are Handy For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Interior shutters framing out a passthrough 

Some homes with conventional layouts that will have a passthrough or a cutout between two different rooms. Functionally, the cutout lets dishes and food to to be passed to the next room without walking around to the door. And they can help give you more space by opening up the room just a bit.

Plantation shutters bring some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If the cutout doesn’t have a countertop underneath, the treatments will frame the cutout as a window. When the living room’s television noise is blaring into the kitchen, you can just close off the cutout’s shutters to stifle the offending sound. Closed shutters also means that the the cook is done for the night! 

Even More Uses For Shutters 

Barn-door shutters framing a flat TV in Minneapolis. 
Once you start envisioning shutters as an all-around covering, you should start finding alternative uses for the coverings. For example, if you have hung 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 be able to put in shutters as doors on a cabinet or bar area. 

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

Need A Hand Finding Shutters For An Innovative Use In Your Minneapolis Home?

If you’re all set to get inventive with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters can help. Just give us a call at 952-856-8130or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your goals and show samples of our selection of all our shutters. 

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