Although we are very keen to promote the benefits of plantation shutters, we understand that they’re not for everyone. Most of the time, shutters will be more expensive than other window dressings, such as curtains and blinds, so it’s not enough that they just look good. Fortunately, plantation shutters are exceedingly practical as well as aesthetic, with a number of benefits above and beyond being another type of window dressing.
Choosing a window dressing
So, are plantation shutters right for you?
There are three main factors to consider when you’re looking at window dressings:
- Style: Both your personal style and the style of your home and room should be reflected in the window dressing
- Privacy: How overlooked is the room and how much of the view are you willing to obscure?
- Light: How much natural light would be optimal for the room? Given a choice would you prefer the room to be brightly lit or pitch dark?
One of the key benefits of plantation shutters is that they allow you to fine-tune the amount of light your room receives. They are ideal 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 full blackout environment. They are also not typically designed to be fully opened and closed frequently. So, if you have a room that you want to keep either completely dark or completely lit, plantation shutters may not be the best option for you.
Practical benefits of plantation shutters
While the ability to control the amount of light entering your room is certainly a major benefit, there are a number of other benefits of plantation shutters which should be considered
Maintenance: As long as you don’t let dust and grime build up, your shutters will remain quick and easy to clean. If you have shutters, you won’t need to take down curtains to be washed or blinds to be hoovered – a swipe with a microfibre cloth is all you will need to keep them looking great.
If you let grime build up, you’ll have to spend time restoring them with a little furniture polish, but once you’ve done that, they should be as good as new.
Energy efficiency: There’s a lot that can be said about how plantation shutters relate to energy efficiency. In short, the way plantation shutters are constructed enables them to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is especially beneficial if you have a radiator underneath your window because, unlike curtains or blinds, shutters will allow heat to circulate around your room – rather than stay 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 highly customisable – 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 the outside world.
Finding the right plantation shutters for you
Although you will commonly see what appears to be the same white plantation shutters in the houses you pass, plantation shutters are, in fact, extremely customisable and there are additional options to address your needs. Always speak to your measurer about your concerns for the room and they will be able to tailor their recommendation to your priorities.
Do you need further advice on plantation shutters? The Shutter Studio offers plantation shutters in a range of materials, styles, and finishes – and our experts can advise on the right installation for you.