Defining Plantation Shutters

Defining Plantation Shutters

We’ve discussed this in our blog before but it has to be talked about every few years as new people come to the conversation. So what is a Plantation Shutter? In every industry you can describe something a number of different ways, and there’s rarely a standard way to do it. It may be easy for someone with a passing familiarity of shutters to mix up what we would call a Traditional Shutter and a Plantation Shutter. A Traditional Shutter refers to a shutter that has smaller panels and a small louver to move them, you’ll find them mostly in the North Eastern and upper Mid-Western parts of the United States. In many cases the shutters will be built in what’s called cafe style, only covering the bottom half or so of the window and are quite narrow.

The shutters we’ve come to call Plantation Shutters are most common in the South and Western parts of the United States. States like California where you have amazing mountain and ocean views are excellent for Plantation Shutters as they allow you to preserve the view. Plantation Shutters will typically have larger panels than it’s traditional cousin, having a single shutter panel covering a window up to five feet tall is not uncommon.

It takes all Kinds

At Kirtz we sell more Plantation Shutters than any other kind and we’ve made a name for ourselves doing it. But just because Plantation Shutters are more popular doesn’t mean we exclude a style of shutter. We will sometimes make a Traditional Shutter if a customer has a need. Because of our equipment setup we do ask that if a customer would like a Traditional Shutter we ask they they have a larger project or a project that require very specific shutter dimensions. We pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate the needs of all our clients.


How to install shutters in windows with wainscoting and chair rails

This post addresses one of the more complicated installations of shutters in rooms with wainscoting, since the wainscoting and chair rail actually wrap into the window jamb itself. Although a gorgeous look overall, this millwork package does nothing to compliment most inside mount window treatment installation.

Plantation window before

Here is a before photo of the window

How did we arrive at shutters, and could we have done other window treatments?

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Plantation Shutters Compliment Clean Lines

Occasionally I will hear… “Shutters are too traditional for my space.”  Like any good design element, shutters are versatile enough to fit most a variety of  interiors.

It comes down to making the correct selections for your final vision of the space when they are ordered.  Something an experienced shutter consultant will be sure to help you accomplish.

The project featured below was designed to compliment a craftsman style interior.  Clean, crisp lines were in order.  To that end the shutters were ordered without the standard tilt rod and boast a hidden tilt instead.  The cut out for the doors lever radius was also modified.  Instead of our standard rounded cut out, we used a square cut out to better compliment the lines of the home.

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Kirtz Shutters at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show

Visit with Kirtz Shutters most experienced field representative, Don Watson, this weekend at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show.  New to the Kirtz Booth this year are shutters made from reclaimed woods — wormy chestnut and reclaimed oak.  Reclaimed materials not only add unique patina and beauty to your windows, but they are the ultimate way to “GO GREEN” and minimize your carbon footprint!

Also on display this year is our new line of exterior shutters.  Whether for the front of your house, or as added protection and privacy in your exterior living space, Kirtz Shutters is willing to help design a shutter solution to fit your needs.

Located in the Quik Trip Center at Expo Square, you can find Kirtz Shutters in booth 841

Show Days and Times are as follows

Thurs     March 10 5pm-9pm

Fri, Sat    March 11-12 10am-9pm

Sunday March 13 11am-6pm

How to Fix Shutters When Louvers Won’t Stay Open

Fix Shutters When Louvers Won’t Stay Open

Sometimes, over time,  louvers on plantation shutters cease to stay in the position they are set.  Fortunately, there is a simple fix to this problem.

Why does this happen?

Wood is a porous material, even with a finish on it.  This means that it will slightly shrink and swell as the humidity of a room changes.  The is most noticeable during season changes, from winter to spring and summer to fall.  This expansion and contraction changes the amount of space between the louvers and stiles (vertical piece of the shutter) thus changing the amount of tension placed on the louvers to hold them in their set position.

What is the solution?

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