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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an important part of any room. They can be used to make a space seem more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many types of window treatments available now, but there are two that are the most well-liked by homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

Curtains are an affordable option for people who want to cover their windows with something decorative. Plantation shutters provide the same aesthetic benefits as curtains, plus they also help insulate your home against chilly drafts in the wintertime and warm air in the summertime.

We'll review the pros and cons of each below so you can determine which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't get outdated. Interior shutters have been used for many years, and they'll continue to be used.
  • They flatter a wide variety of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will fit your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most traditional, you'll also have the option to make your shutters stand out with bold colors like gray, bright red or deep blue.
  • They can be installed throughout your home for a cohesive look. Wood plantation shutters are ideal for large windows, because they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in areas with a lot of heat or moisture, like bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
  • They're very customizable. With custom shutters, you'll be able to choose the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary appearance. Or smaller ones if you love a classic style.
  • They can be fitted to just about any window, such as sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you select custom plantation shutters, you'll receive a fantastic fit throughout your home, even on custom or specialty windows.
  • They're very energy efficient. Your windows are your home's primary source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling where it belongs. They help you conserve energy through the way they're installed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They deliver a significant level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, letting in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit tightly against the window, you can also attain a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
  • They'll last a lifetime, if you choose the correct ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones produced in the United States, are sturdy and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially attractive to prospective buyers.
  • They're simple to clean. Periodically dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, wet rag will keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
  • They don't need much maintenance. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out and maintain proper tension, so you won't need to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.

Cons of Plantation Shutters

  • They can be expensive. Custom plantation shutters are a high-end window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price demonstrates that.
  • They can yellow as time passes. If you purchase the wrong plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by choosing a company that uses quality paint and offers a warranty for the finish.
  • They can droop. Ready-made plantation shutters manufactured overseas tend to lose their shape as time passes. This is caused by hollow louvers. A quality shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this issue.
  • They may need to be tightened. This issue is more typical with less expensive shutters. Premium ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're affordable. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're simple to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains by yourself.

Cons of Curtains

  • They get outdated quickly. Trends change each year, so it's very easy for curtains to start looking dated.
  • They can be difficult to adjust. This is especially true for large or floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • They can interfere with furniture. Long curtains can be a problem if you have furniture nearby and having shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
  • They don't look good on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good match for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't provide as much light control. It's more difficult to control how much light you let in. If you're searching for a blackout effect, you still might have light leaking through the top or the sides of the curtains.
  • They aren't energy efficient. Curtains provide very low energy efficiency because of their design, material and the way they hang around windows.
  • They're difficult to clean. Curtains get dusty fast and can harbor allergens. While some styles may be washable, others might require specialty or dry cleaning.
  • They can yellow or fade over time. Unless your curtain fabric has UV protection, sunlight can discolor them.

Can’t Decide on the Right Window Treatment? We Can Help!

Now that you are aware of the differences between plantation shutters and curtains, you'll be able to better consider your choices for window treatments. If custom plantation shutters are what you're after, we can assist you with that too! Contact us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free, in-home consultation with one of our designers. With your vision and our expertise, we'll be able to make your vision of a beautiful home a reality.