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Are plantation shutters practical?

Although we’re very partial to plantation shutters at The Shutter Studio we understand they’re not for everyone. As most of the time shutters will be more expensive than other window dressings it’s not enough that they look good. Fortunately plantation shutters are exceedingly practical with a number of benefits above and beyond being a classic window dressing.

Are plantation shutters right for you?

There are three things to consider when you’re looking at window dressings:

  • Style
  • Privacy
  • Light

Setting aside style as a matter of personal choice the trade off between privacy and light will be the main consideration when choosing between shutters, curtains and blinds. Net curtains, for example score low in style but highly in privacy and light so are used in ground floor windows that get a lot of sun.

The benefit of plantation shutters is that they allow you to fine-tune the amount of light your room receives. This is perfect if you have a room in which the amount of light varies throughout the day but not if you want one extreme or the other. Plantation shutters will not provide a fully blackout environment nor are their strength in being fully opened and closed frequently so if you have a room that you want to keep either completely dark or completely open plantation shutters may not be the best solution for you.

Practical benefits of plantation shutters

As well as giving fine tuned control over the amount of light in your room shutters provide a number of other benefits.

Maintenance: As long as you don’t let dust and grime build up your shutters will remain quick and easy to clean – no taking down curtains to wash or hoovering blinds – a swipe with a microfibre cloth is all you will need. If you have let grime build up you’ll have to spend a some time restoring them with a little furniture polish but after that they should be as good as new.

Energy efficiency: There’s a lot to say about plantation shutters and energy efficiency but the crux of the matter is that the construction of plantation shutters means they will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is especially beneficial if you have a radiator underneath your window as unlike curtains or blinds – shutters will allow heat to circulate around your room rather than become trapped under the covering.

Privacy: The louvres of plantation shutters are easily angled to stop prying eyes while allowing light full access to the room. Shutters are also customisable – so you can leave the top half of your window uncovered or leave the louvers open, while keeping the lower half of the window closed to prying eyes.

Finding your plantation shutters

Although they may look like the same white shutters, plantation shutters are extremely customisable and there will be details to address your needs and concerns. Always speak to your measurer about your concerns and needs from your shutters and they will be able to tailor their recommendation to your priorities.

And as always – if you need any further help or advice you can always call The Shutter Studio on 020 8662 0126 whenever you need to.