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Are Plantation Shutters Better Than Curtains?

Window treatments are an important part of any home. They can be used to make a space feel more modern or traditional, depending on your style. There are many kinds of window treatments available today, but there are two that are the most popular among homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.

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

We'll go over the pros and cons of each below so you can decide which one is best for you.

Pros of Plantation Shutters

  • They don't go out of style. Interior shutters have been used for a long time, and they'll continue to stick around.
  • They complement a wide variety of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will go with your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most conventional, you'll also have the alternative to make your shutters get noticed with statement colors like gray, bright red or deep blue.
  • They can be installed throughout your home for a cohesive appearance. Wood plantation shutters are great for large windows, because they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in rooms with a lot of heat or moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
  • They're highly 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 look. Or smaller ones if you love a classic style.
  • They can be installed on just about any window, such as sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you choose custom plantation shutters, you'll receive a fantastic fit throughout your home, even on custom or unique windows.
  • They're extremely energy efficient. Your windows are your home's primary source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling indoors. They help you save energy through the way they're placed on windows, their design and their materials.
  • They deliver a high level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, allowing in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit securely 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 manufactured in the United States, are durable and will often last for a lifetime.
  • They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are especially appealing to potential 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 many years.
  • They don't need much maintenance. Premium shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out and maintain correct tension, so you won't have to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.

Cons of Plantation Shutters

  • They can be pricey. Custom plantation shutters are a premium window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price reflects 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 avoid this problem by selecting a company that uses premium paint and offers a warranty for the finish.
  • They can droop. Ready-made plantation shutters made overseas tend to lose their shape as time goes by. This is caused by hollow louvers. A premium shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
  • They may need tightening. This issue is more common with less expensive shutters. Premium ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.

Pros of Curtains

  • They're inexpensive. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
  • They're simple to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains on your own.

Cons of Curtains

  • They go out of style fast. Trends change each year, so it's 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 strange on certain windows.
  • They don't look great on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't an ideal match for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
  • They don't provide as much light control. It's harder to control how much light you allow in. If you're looking 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 due to of their design, material and the way they fit around windows.
  • They're hard to clean. Curtains get dusty quickly and can harbor allergens. While some styles may be washable, others might require specialty or dry cleaning.
  • They can yellow or lose color over time. Unless your curtain fabric has UV protection, sunlight can bleach them.

Can’t Choose the Right Window Treatment? We Can Assist You!

Now that you know more about 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 seeking, we can help 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 dream of a beautiful home happen.