Plantation Shutters & Blinds
Plantation shutters easily are identified by their wide elliptical louvers. Often people confuse plantation shutters and blinds, thinking they are similar. Plantation shutters and blinds use different strategies to provide both light and privacy. Shutter panels are constructed from solid wood top and bottom rails, side stiles, louvers, and a vertical tilt bar.
Our stock interior shutters are crafted from solid lengths of kiln-dried northern basswood. This wood is recognize across the industry as the gold standard for building window shutters. The corner joints between stile and rail are glued and doweled for strength. The louvers are tensioned with split nylon pins that provide uniform tension for precise positioning.
Plantation shutters and blinds are similar in form, using horizontal members that rotates to control light and visibility. Blind slats are very thin and extend the full width of the window covering. Three inch plantation louvers are elliptical in shape and are positioned on 2-1/2 centers between the side stiles.
Stock shutters are only sold unfinished, ready to prime and paint or stain after arrival. Fully finished shutters are only available through the custom made shop at Horizon Shutters.
Stock size plantation shutters, which some call California shutters, are constructed relatively quick, usually requiring about two weeks to manufacture. While thousands of combined sizes are possible, shutters are sold in 1/4 inch width increments and full inch heights. The side stiles of the California shutters are constructed to the panels may be trimmed slightly after they are received. Heights can also be reduced after delivery.
Many plantation shutters and blinds are sold online. However, Horizon Shutters have been selling high quality wood shutters throughout the country for over 15 years. We have established ourselves as the industry leader for online shutters.
- measuring workbook
- color charts
- sample shutter
A shutter unit that only covers the lower portion of a window.
A shutter unit that is made specifically for an individual window opening.
A horizontal bar that creates top and bottom louver sections, allowing the sections to rotate independently.
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters on the top and one on the bottom.
Ornamental wood attached to the wall to the outside of the window opening. Generally used to give the window a finished appearance.
Paint or stain.
Used for mounting custom shutter units to the outside of a window opening and can have either 2, 3, or 4 sides.
A vertical strip that extends the length of the shutter unit hinged to the outside stile of a shutter panel. Generally used for cafe type shutter units.
Measurement top to bottom of the window opening according to our measuring instructions. Or, the desired panel height for café type shutters.
A two-leaf device that connects a shutter to the mounting surface or joins two shutters together.
Movable horizontal slats contained within a shutter panel.
A rectangular cavity in shutter stile for inserting a hinge – allowing a tighter fit to the side of the window or frame.
A single shutter. Most shutter units consist of more than one shutter panel.
A cut or groove along the edge of a stile between panels that allows them to form a joint to reduce light penetration.
Horizontal bar at the top, bottom, or across the center (divider rail).
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters from top to bottom.
A window is considered square if the difference between the largest measurement and the smallest is no larger than 3/16 inches and the difference between the diagonal measurements is less than 3/16 inches.
Vertical bar found along either side of a shutter panel.
Traditional or Plantation.
The number of shutter panels from top to bottom. See single tier and double tier.
Vertical bar used for adjusting the louver position.
Shutter panels and other necessary components (frames, hardware, etc.)
that work together to fit a window opening.
Area just beyond the window opening if there is no existing trim.
Measurement side to side of the window opening according to our measuring instructions.
Vertical sides of the window opening. This area will be used to attach a shutter unit using either the INJ or INH installation methods.