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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Putting up custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and style to your residence.

As they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your style and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help boost your Kansas City residence’s value.

There are a wide variety of interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Also, there’s a huge assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are small distinctions between the three types, and they could influence how these shutters will look in your residence. Amid the key contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Kansas City, we make it simple to select the best shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation supports you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your living room so you can see our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the tints and materials will improve your house.

Keep reading to discover the tiny differences between the three styles.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most popular interior shutters at this time. They’re frequently designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire a contemporary look that can add life to any room and add an elegant detail, plantation shutters are an outstanding solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are created from dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is durable. Wood provides a timeless look and can be stained to fit your desired color option.

They often come in white colors to lighten up a space, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Size

Louver thickness impacts how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much sunshine will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re trying to work with existing shutters in your home or want a classic look. This size is good for little windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it provides a modern appearance. It works with small to large windows while letting in abundant natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it has an extremely up-to-date style. It’s ideal for picture windows and patio doors, because it provides the widest view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s frequently white.

Deluxe types of this shutter are created from solid cellular PVC or fine wood. They may also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, except California shutters are commonly a brighter color. This keeps rooms welcoming while permitting in light.

As California shutters have a thinner louver, they give a more conventional look. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your home by personalizing our most wanted plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true model with small frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

The best kinds of this shutter are made from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They give a classic appearance that works with any window width.

We founded Louver Shop of Kansas City on these shutters a long time ago. Today, we’re part of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still sell this type.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is critical, whatever shutter style you choose.

Off-the-shelf shutters can seem like a great purchase, but they may possibly not fit your windows well. And if they’re made in China, you never know what level of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll take expert measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we complete the process with expert installation to give a good fit.

To start creating your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your living room, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no obligation.

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