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Plantation shutters AND blinds?

Blinds, Plantation Shutters, Or Both?

Windows are critical to any home, providing natural light and making a house feel like home. So when you’re trying to decide what to cover your windows with it can be a big decision. Most homeowners want to give their windows a little extra “pop” when they pick a covering, but they aren’t sure what they want that pop to be. Plantation shutters are a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and ageless option for those dramatic windows. 

If you’ve got simpler windows though, you might be more cautious about plantation shutters. You may be concerned that putting up blinds might clash with the shutters. Here’s the deal when it comes to mixing faux wood blinds with real plantation shutters. 

According to many design experts, mixing faux wood blinds and plantation shutters is actually a popular choice for many homes. In most cases, the front of the home will have the most unique windows worth a beautiful set of plantation shutters while other windows in the home can do just fine with a set of faux wood blinds. 

Of course, if you live or work in a building or home and you’d like to mix things up a bit and have both blinds and shutters. Kirtz Shutters can offer what you need to get started. Yes, that’s right we do blinds in addition to shutters! Mixing these two covers works best when they’re colors and styles are as close as possible, so ordering them from the same manufacturer is a fantastic choice. With enough attention and care, you might even be able to pull off having blinds and shutters in the same room! 

If you’d like to consult about your custom project, or you’re simply looking for a premium quality, beautiful custom plantation shutters, call us today at 1-800-416-6455 to find out how Kirtz® can help.

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Decisions to make when getting plantation shutters

Decisions to make while looking for plantation shutters

So you’ve decided to get some plantation shutters, great! Plantation shutters are a great investment for any home. There are a few important decisions to make when selecting shutters. Kirtz shutters is here to help walk you through some important decisions you need to make before you make a decision about your plantation shutters. 

Rails: Plantation shutters aren’t all made the same. There are a few main kinds you can pick from. Full Shutter open as one panel and cover the whole of the window. Cafe Shutters only cover half the window and provide a clear view outside at the eye level while providing shade for anything underneath it, like a sofa. Double Hung shutters can be opened at the top and bottom, providing the benefits of a cafe shutter with the ones of a panel shutter. Divider Rails allow you to operate the top louvers and bottom louvers independently of each other. You can also customize exactly where you want those dividers to be. 

Mounting Options: Shutters can be mounted outside or inside a window. To see which one you need, check to see if your window has decorative molding. If it does, we recommend mounting your shutter on the inside of your windows. If you don’t, mounting on the outside is recommended. 

Louver Size: The larger your louver size, the clearer you’ll be able to see outside when they’re open. Smaller louvers can give a more proportional look to smaller windows. 

Tilt Options: Do you want the tilt bar to be visible or hidden? This doesn’t change the function of the shutter, it’s all about aesthetic. Pick the option that matches your home. 

If you need plantation shutters and want them done right, give Kirtz shutters a call today at 800-416-6455!

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Plantation Shutters for your Sunroom

Sunrooms can be a great addition to any home, but in certain parts of the country they can be unbearable during the summer and winter months. Here’s how adding plantation shutters can help solve this problem. 

So how do Plantation Shutters help keep your Sunroom bearable?

Here are just some of the ways Plantation Shutters can help your Sunroom:

  • Shutters add greater energy efficency, saving you money
  • They allow greater control of intense sunlight that can fade furnishings
  • And they add beauty and charm to your sunroom

In order to maximize the original purpose of the room (openness to the outside) there are a few design tips to keep in mind.

  • Large Louvers will help to maintain the openness of the sunroom. 
  • Hidden tilt will let you obstruct the least amount of your view while getting the most out of your sunroom. 
  • Be sure to order the largest panel as you can reasonably fit in your windows. This will minimize the presence of stiles taking up more space than needed. Remember, Kirtz custom built shutters up to 38″ wide are all under warranty. We can make larger shutters if needed, consult a sales rep to learn more. 

Kirtz shutters offers extensive customization for your needs.  

Typically, the standard plantation shutters will be set in a frame, and then the shutters will be hinged to the frame. 

Another option for those with certain sunroom configurations is to put your shutters on a sliding track. The benefits of this is that one shutter panel will slide over another, allowing you to fully open up 1/2 of the window without swinging the shutter into the room. Doing this can make it much easier to place furniture in your sunroom. However, it’s important to determine beforehand if this application will work for your sunroom. The reason for this is that a slider shutter frame is deeper than other shutter frames. Typically slider shutter frames go 5 1/2 ” deep, compared to 2-21/2″ deep for other shutter styles. 

 
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What are “Plantation Shutters”?

We talk a lot about plantation shutters, but what exactly are “Plantation Shutters”?

The first thing to know is that “Plantation Shutters” doesn’t necessarily refer to one kind of shutters. Like many industry design terms, there are multiple ways to describe a “Plantation Shutter”. Plantation Shutters is usually indicative of Louver (slat) size, but frustratingly it has also been used to refer to Shutters in general. 

Traditional Shutters commonly refers to small louvered, small paneled shutters. These kinds of shutters are most common in the Northeast and upper midwestern United States. The size of these louvers usually fall between 1 1/4″ and 1 7/8′. However, shutters with louvers up to 2 1/2″ (which we carry) are also included in this description. These shutters are built in a style called “Cafe” style. This means they cover only the bottom 1/2 to 2/3 of a window, and have very narrow panels. 

The term Plantation Shutters on the other hand, is typically associated with shutters that are around 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. Shutters in this style are more common south of the Mason-Dixon line and in the Western United States like Arizona and California (both states big on shutter states). These types of shutters are also known as California style shutters. Plantation shutters (examples in our galleries) often have larger panels, one shutter can often cover an opening 36″ tall. At their longest, they can cover an opening up to 72″ tall.  

We sell more Plantation shutters because it’s more in demand and out machinery accommodates it best. We do, however, still do the traditional shutter if a customer requests it and is willing to pay for it. 

In addition to wanting small louvers, these customers also: 

  • have large projects (not a one off scenario),
  • need a special wood
  • have unique specifications (special panel thickness, louvers fixed at a certain angles) that other shutter companies don’t want to mess with.

Transome Rake Windows (aka Triangle Windows) with Plantation Shutters

Transom Windows can inspire a love/hate relationship with their owners, especially if they are specialty shapes, such as triangle windows.

No doubt  rake windows (aka triangle windows)  add architectural interest and loads of natural light.  This is why homeowners, architects and the like are drawn to them.  However, they also allow heat and damaging UV rays into a home, often increasing energy costs in peak summer months.

Many window treatments solutions for rake windows help solve some of these problems by covering up the triangle windows with a fixed treatment.  This means, while it may look like your other window treatments, it doesn’t operate and is set in one position.  Therefore, in times of the year when the extra light and warmth provided by transom windows would be beneficial, these treatments can’t maximize this value.

Is there a better solution.  Yes!

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