Named for the large estates (or plantations) in America's south, where their louvered blades were ideal for controlling the light and protection from the elements, Plantation Shutters continue to be one of the most popular and practical window coverings available today.
Plantation Shutters offer the ultimate in flexibility and sit well with many different decorative styles, from Hamptons or Cottage, right through to modern interiors. The distinctive characteristic of shutters is their louvres (or blades) - they provide a strong architectural aesthetic to both the inside and outside of the home, and elevate otherwise plain windows to another level entirely. The blades also provide the ultimate in flexibility, allowing you to control the amount of light and heat entering your room, along with the the level of privacy you require.
DIY Plantation Shutters have always been an important part of our product mix. Our Australian made plantation shutters have certainly attracted a lot of interest so we thought we'd answer some of those frequently asked questions to help you out.
How much do Plantation Shutters cost?
The cost of shutters depends on the size of your windows. Our DIY Plantation Shutters are priced at $249 per square metre, which is a fantastic price for an Australian made product, and one that's hard to beat in today's marketplace. You can grab an indicative price for your windows using our online Quick Quote function by entering the width and drop of your window. For a more accurate cost, go through the buy process for shutters (this doesn't mean you need to actually buy them, it will just give you an accurate costing based on all the options available).
Do Plantation Shutters block out the light?
Plantation Shutters do a pretty good job of blocking out the light, but should be considered as 'room darkening' rather than full blockout. Light will bleed through between the blades, as their slightly curved design prevents them from sitting completely flat against each other. Whilst this is usually okay in communal areas of the house such as living rooms, bathroom and kitchens, it might not be ideal for bedrooms. To achieve full blockout in bedrooms, you might like to pair them with a blockout curtain over the top, or consider alternative options such as blockout roller blinds or stand-alone blockout curtains.
Are Plantation Shutters easy to measure and install yourself?
They sure are. We've had thousands of customers over the years measure and install their own Plantation Shutters and achieve beautiful outcomes. Whilst it will take a little time to make sure you get everything right, it is definitely achieveable by those willing to give it a go. Our extensive how-to video galleries and written instructions will guide you step-by-step through the measure, order and install process for each of our products and are a must-watch for those about to embark on their own DIY journey. And the best bit is that by doing it yourself, you'll save heaps compared to having someone do it for you.
Can you put Plantation Shutters in a bathroom?
Absolutely you can! Our Plantation Shutters are made from PVC, which is resistant to moisture and humidity. This makes them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, as well as tropical regions with high humidity. Shutters are actually perfect for bathrooms as you can rotate the blades to control the privacy levels, without compromising on natural light.
How energy efficient are Plantation Shutters?
With up to 40% of a homes internal heating energy lost, and up to 87% of its heat gained through windows, improving your window's thermal performance is critical in reducing energy costs. All window coverings will have some effect on improving these figures, and Plantation Shutters will certainly go a long way to increasing your home's energy efficiencies. When fitted well, they will act as a barrier to heat loss and gain, and you can also adjust the blades to control the heat and light entering your home during the different seasons.
Do Plantation Shutters offer privacy?
They certainly do. You are in control your privacy by rotating the blades into varying positions. Having them perfectly horizontal will allow anyone to see in from outside, but if you 'dress them up' as Mike suggests in our videos, you will still be able to see out, but no one will see in from outside. Perfect!
We hope this has answered a few of your questions and also encouraged you to install these beauties in your home. Plantation Shutters will not only provide value to your property, but offer you a stunning and practical window treatment that will last for many years to come.
Our hero photo in this article is of a stunning installation of our Plantation Shutters in the NSW home of @cottonwoodandco. If you want to read more expert advice and see more of Nicki's home office, please visit the beautiful Cottonwood & Co blog. All other images are installs from the homes of our lovely customers.
Remember to contact us if you have any questions. We're always here to help!
Mike & the iseekblinds team