How Do We Define “Plantation Shutter”?

Kind of like a lot of design terms, there can be multiple ways to describe the same thing and it really isn’t consistent throughout the industry, much less the country.  Plantation Shutters can refer to shutters in general, and depending on the person is usually indicative of a louver (slat) size.

What is commonly referred to as traditional shutters are small louvered, small paneled.  These are most common in the NE and upper midwestern United States.  The louver sizes are usually anywhere from 1 1/4″ up to 1 7/8″, sometimes 2 1/2″ louvers (which we carry) are included in that description.  These shutters often are built “cafe” style, meaning they cover only the bottom 1/2 to 2/3 of a window, and are very narrow (think 8-20″ wide per shutter panel)

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