Indoor Plantation Shutters have a long history of beautifying one's home and adding lasting re-sale value to your property. The attractive plantation shutters are often the first choice of window treatment chosen by decorators and home owners alike. They are the classic window coverings and make an elegant addition to every style of interior design.
Plantation shutters can be custom-built to fit every shape and style of window and door in your home. Sliding glass doors, French-doors and traditional entry doors can all be fitted with plantation shutters. There isn't a window made that cannot receive an indoor shutter covering and they are the perfect solution for unusual shaped windows and doors.
The choice of materials and finishes that are available will satisfy everyone's taste and pocket-book. Shutters are available in wood and faux-wood compositions. Most wooden shutters are constructed from hardwoods, with Basswood and Poplar being the most reasonable. Some styles are made from Pine. Faux-wood shutters are man-made materials and some of the choices are polymer, or a combination of wood and plastic or wood and vinyl materials.
Prices will vary within categories, but the faux-wood varieties are usually from 20% to 30% less than those made of hardwood or specialty woods. Standard-size shutters will be less expensive than those made-to-order, but be assured that the standard sizes can be configured to fit 99% of all window and door openings. Panels range in sizes from narrow sized to fit glass side door panels to wide sizes that are hinged together to cover the biggest picture window in your house.
Maintenance of indoor plantation shutters is very easy whether you purchase wood or faux-wood construction. A dust cloth and spray wax is all that is needed for wooden shutters and a dust cloth for faux-wood with mild dish soap and water for heavy stains will do the job.
Indoor plantation shutters allow homeowners great privacy and are ideal for bedrooms, bathrooms and rooms that face the street. They also give your home great "curb appeal". Realtors nationwide agree that indoor plantation shutters increase a home's value and appearance. They make elegant additions to all rooms in a house; foyers and entry-ways, living rooms, dining rooms and dens, family rooms, home offices, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms all look better with indoor shutters. Some families also use then in their garage windows for continuity.
Indoor plantation shutters can be ordered in many styles, Cafe style, covering the bottom half of the window only, or double tiered models to cover the entire window, with the choice of opening top louvers, bottom louvers, or both top and bottom louvers for maximum light and/or ventilation. The versatile movable louvers will give year-round protection from cold and heat and will help to lower gas and electric bills.
Shutters may be ordered with louvers or slats measuring from 1-1/8 inches wide to over 4 inches wide with several choices in-between. The larger louvers are preferred for faux-wood shutters. These large louvers allow the best ventilation and the most panoramic outdoor view. You can darken a room just by closing the shutters tightly.
Since maximum visibility and light are desirable, use as few panels across the windows as possible. If your window is 36 inches or less, use a single panel and hinge it on the right or left. Indoor shutters are hinged to your window opening to allow cleaning and the most light exposure. There are two louver shapes; elliptical in shape, where the louver is thicker in the middle and tapers to the front and back, and a flat louver. The elliptical louvers are stronger and more desirable, and will not warp as the flat wooden louvers might.
Dealers and manufacturers of plantation shutters may be found online as well as in local stores. Just type Indoor Plantation Shutters into Google to find dealers. These sites include advice about shutter styles, finishes, measuring and installation how-to, prices, ordering instructions and delivery information