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Shutters vs. Blinds—What's Right for My Kansas City House?

Want to change out your window treatments in Kansas City but not sure where to begin? We’ve studied the difference between two of our most popular styles—custom plantation shutters and horizontal blinds.

Both have your windows covered for privacy and light control. But they have several differentiating features.

White plantation shutters in a bathroom

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have wide louvers. This premier window treatment is installed on your window frame. They’re usually seen in white, off-white or natural stain colors. Or matched to the color of your selection.

While the louvers are moved by a visible or hidden tilt rod, the shutters can also open away from windows like a door.

They’re available as either:

  • Wood plantation shutters
  • Faux wood plantation shutters
  • Vinyl plantation shutters

Browse Now: Louver Shop of Kansas City Plantation Shutters

Wood blinds in a bathroom

Blinds

Blinds have slim slats made from metal, wood, fabric or similar materials. This cost-effective window treatment comes in a range of colors and textures.

Window blinds are often controlled by a pull cord, although some styles are cordless.

They’re made in styles like vertical blinds or horizontal blinds.

Wood horizontal blinds or faux wood horizontal blinds are sometimes referred to as plantation blinds because of their wide slats. 

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Find the Right Option for Your Space

We can help you find the right style for your Kansas City home during a free, in-home consultation. See product samples, get your windows measured and receive our everything’s-included Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote at no expense. Or obligation.

Benefits of Louver Shop of Kansas City Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters may look the same from manufacturer to manufacturer, but they’re not created the same. At Louver Shop of Kansas City, we’re proud to produce our window shutters here in the United States.

That means you’ll get your shutters faster—often in three weeks or less. And you’ll get a beautiful window treatment that will last for a long time to come.

Learn more about the many benefits of our shutters.

1. Premium Style Customized for Your Home

Our top-of-the-line plantation shutters are highly customizable.

You can choose:

  • Louver size 
  • Materials like high-quality American hardwood or polymer, which is suitable for high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms 
  • Colors or natural stains* 
  • Design options, such as frame style, to match any style of house

2. Improved Energy Efficiency

Our shutters can help decrease electricity bills. Save even more with LouverWood™, a state-of-the-art synthetic that insulates three times better than wood.

3. Guaranteed to Last

We back our shutters with one of the best warranties in the industry.

We guarantee they won’t:

  • Warp
  • Bend
  • Crack
  • Peel
  • Discolor

4. Safe for Your Family

Plantation shutters are cord-free, so you don’t have to worry if your family has young children or pets.

At Louver Shop of Kansas City, we use nontoxic, water-based finishes that are safe for your family and the environment.

Foreign-made shutters are usually finished with paints high in volatile organic compounds, which can cause headaches and dizziness.

5. Painless Maintenance

Shutters are practically effortless to clean with a duster or rag. Ours don’t require a lot of maintenance, because they’ll never need tightening or adjustment.

6. Increase Home Value

We designed our quality shutters to last for decades. As a custom, permanent window treatment, they can also increase your home’s value.

Brown plantation shutters in a living room
 

How do Shutters Compare to Blinds?

Interior shutters are an investment in your home and offer a number of benefits.

While window blinds are typically less costly, you’ll need to replace them more often. They also don’t afford as much energy efficiency.

Request a Free Consultation Today

Start by requesting a free consultation today! We’ll match you with a design consultant in Kansas City.

Your expert will help you select expertly crafted shutters right in the comfort of your living room. And provide you with measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing quote—all at no cost or obligation.

*Available colors may vary by product. Please ask your Louver Shop of Kansas City design consultant for more information.

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