Why Some Homeowners In Minneapolis Confuse Plantation Blinds And Plantation Shutters

George Christ

When homeowners in the Minneapolis area give us a call for a quote, some ask for plantation blinds. They don’t realize that plantation blinds isn’t the right name of the window covering they have in mind.

What most people refer to as “plantation blinds” are actually plantation shutters.

Interior shutters are synonymous with the term “plantation”, not blinds. And “plantation” describes the style of the window treatment as it relates to the size of the horizontal louvers.

Blinds’ thin horizontal slats are not thick enough or wide enough to be “plantation” style.

Even some blind companies call blinds “plantation,” although that term has been associated with custom interior shutters. Plantation shutters can be mistaken for blinds from a distance. But these two window treatments differ in numerous ways.

How Plantation Shutters Differ From Blinds

Blinds covering the windows of a modern kitchen
A kitchen window with plantation shutters 

Plantation Shutters Last Longer Than Blinds

Premium plantation shutters can be built from synthetic wood, hardwood, or reclaimed wood. Any of these materials make for a sturdy window treatment that lasts for many more years than a blind. And when the paint on your shutters is infused with UV stabilizers, your plantation shutters don’t lose their original color.

Unlike shutters, blinds have a series of cords that hold the slats up. And most have a wand to adjust the slats. Those two elements, as well as the thin slats, are notorious for busting.

Blinds don’t give you control over brightness and temperature. And they can yellow over extended periods of sun exposure, which is not the case with 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 Minneapolis. And it’s the exclusive weatherstripping on Polywood® shutters that’s engineered to help insulate against airflow. That’s how Polywood insulates 1600% better than an aluminum blind.

When you close a blind, there’s room on both sides of the blind where air can flow. You can see holes where the cords are. And the slats aren’t tight against each other. These issues make blinds less energy efficient in comparison with quality plantation shutters.

They Highlight The Shape Of Your Window

Another thing to keep in mind is that the only shape blinds are available in is rectangular. And when you have windows that are triangular, octagonal, circular, or arched, blinds will hide the shape rather than highlight it.

Plantation shutters however are ideal for specialty shaped windows. They are custom built to every angle, corner, and arch. The finished product is a window treatment that operates smoothly, looks stunning, and makes the window shape pop.

They Give Your House A Custom Look

Yes, you can buy blinds in an array of colors, textures, and finishes. They can even be cordless and motorized. But no matter what combination you pick, blinds don’t look as custom as shutters do.

Plantation shutters in Minneapolis 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 décor.

Shutters are usually mounted with a frame that accentuates the corners of the window and highlights the shutter panels. These plantation shutters make a fashion statement that wows. And they become a permanent feature that increases your home’s appraisal value.

One example of an unique way for custom window treatments is plantationshutters made from reclaimed wood. No two shutter louvers - no two shutter panels - have identical holes, colors, or marks. It’s the ultimate custom window treatment in the Minneapolis area.

Schedule A Consultation Before You Purchase Window Treatments In Minneapolis

The first step in picking the best window treatments is doing your research. That’s how you figured out the differences between blinds and plantation shutters. So before you order window coverings, set up a consultation with one of our experts in Minneapolis. We’ll bring product samples right to your house and guide you in ordering the one that works best for your windows. Even if you call it plantation blinds, we’ll know what you mean. Call 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to get started!