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Aug 27, 2012

Choosing Window Treatments: Privacy with Plantation Shutters

Choosing window treatments can be an overwhelming task.  We’re going to give you some tips that you can use to narrow down your options.  

Ask yourself this: What is the most important factor within the space your looking to add window treatments to? Privacy, light control, child safety, motorization, specialty shapes, other?


If you can answer this question with one to two options, then you have your starting point.  For each post, I will focus on a different factor and product.  I will start with privacy, as it is usually our clients’ top concern.   

 Privacy with Plantation Shutters:

Privacy is a major concern for a lot of homeowners, especially when your home is within a few feet of your neighbors.  When it starts to get dark, the inside of your home becomes more and more visible to outsiders if your windows aren’t covered.  And the worst part is- when you’re inside and your lights are on, its next to impossible to see out.  So you’ve decided you need some window treatments that are great at keeping those extra set of eyes out of your home.  All window treatments have their ways of controlling privacy.  Depending on your budget, there are a handful of different options.

My personal suggestion would be plantation shutters.  Plantation shutters are one of the most popular window treatments out there- and for a reason.  Not only are they beautiful, they last for many, many years.  They are also one of the easiest treatments to operate- with either a front tilt bar, or a hidden tilt option.  One quick movement opens or closes them.  They are also hinged to open like french doors, or hinged to one side so you have the ability to open and expose the entire window to be cleaned or to let some light in.  There is the ability to custom shape plantation shutters to fit those specialty shapes you decided to add to your master bedroom before you thought about how you were going to cover them.  The louver sizes range from 2-1/2” to 4-1/2”.  Depending on how much view through you are looking to gain, you have the three sizing options.  Plantation shutters can be cafe style, which is sized to fit the bottom half of your window if your top half does not enable viewing exposure from the outside; full length panels with one tilt bar or hidden tilt option for the entire length of the panel; panels with a dividing rail to separate the top and bottom half of the shutter for privacy below and light exposure on top; and split tilt with no dividing rail for the same feature without a rail in between (see examples below).  Plantation shutters can be custom made from wood, composite materials, or vinyl.  Each shutter type has its own added features, as well as different pricing options.  There is also the ability to choose your custom shutter stain to match existing trim in your home or office.  Added bonus: shutters are child and pet safe, as they don’t have any dangling cording!  

Do you want to add plantation shutters to your home or office?  Call us today for a free in home or office consultation!

Cafe Shutters with tilt bar:

Cafe shutters without tilt bar:

Plantation shutters with tilt bar (full length):

Plantation shutters with hidden tilt (full length):

Plantation shutters with split tilt and dividing rail in center:

Plantation shutters with split tilt- without dividing rail:

Plantation shutters with split tilt - hidden tilt bar 

Specialty Shape Plantation shutters:

Categories Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments