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No to Plantation Shutters? Try Wood Blinds!

Wood Blinds: If plantation shutters don’t work for you. 

Plantation shutters are a great choice for most styles of home. They blend in easily and have a timeless look to them. But not every style or budget has room for plantation shutters. Luckily, if plantation shutters don’t work you don’t have to resort to drapes or bare windows to get by. In fact, in addition to fabulous Kirtz® plantation shutters we also have options for a full range of beautiful, real wood blinds. These blinds can naturally complement to many styles and budgets. 

It’s the American way to have options right? Out woods blinds make it possible for you to have a variety of styles. You can choose to have your real wood blinds painted, stained, or crafted with one of our specialty finishes. There are a rainbow of colors and design opportunities abound so making wood blinds should be just an unique an experience as custom ordering our plantation shutters. 

The best part about wood blinds is that they last. Unlike plastic blinds, wood slats won’t bend in the middle if someone decides to tug on them. Wood blinds will outlast any department store blinds by a large margin. The slats are also completely adjustable, making it possible for to keep the blinds closed for ultimate privacy, slightly open to let just enough light in, or totally open to see everything outside. 

Depending on what color you choose, wood blinds can add warmth to the room you hang them up in or add subtle, quaint charm. So, if plantation shutters just aren’t your thing, consider instead installing wood blinds. We’d be happy to help you decide what design will look and function best for your home project. When your ready to get started, give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455 today!

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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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Double Plantation Shutters? Yes, Please!

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If your looking for some new plantation shutters this fall, you may want to consider some double, or split, plantation shutters for your kitchen or bathroom. These versatile shutters can add some real character to your kitchen or bathroom. For your bathroom, you can open up just the top shutters to let in natural light from the sun and keep the bottom shutters closed for privacy. The same can be done in the kitchen to let in natural light without the glare from the sun. Plantation shutters are known for their ability to let you control how much light comes into your room and making them double plantation shutters can give you even more control. Adding to an already versatile addition to your home. Because you can open these plantation shutters independently, cleaning is also easier with these kinds of shutters. 

Double plantation shutters can also help reduce your energy bill by allowing you to control how much air comes in. Normally you would have to open the whole shutter to get any kind of light in, or open the blinds letting in drafts and heat. But with double shutters you can open one part of the shutter to let in just a little bit of light while keeping the amount of air coming in to a minimum. Lowering your energy bill and saving you money. 

Double plantation shutters helped to add a nice, cafe style appeal to you kitchen, get one made from sturdy wood and it will last for decades. And remember, every shutter you order from Kirtz are guaranteed for the life of the shutter. 

Whether you’re looking for double or single shutters. Shutters for arched windows, square windows, even round windows, Kirtz shutters will deliver you quality shutters that you can depend on. Give us a call today at 800-416-6455!

Kirtz Shutter Craftsmanship; what a quality finish adds to your custom shutter

Without a quality finish on  a custom shutter, the value created by using a high quality wood, and rigorous construction standards would be minimized.   Let’s take a look at how Kirtz Shutters achieves a  quality finish on our custom shutters. 

Linear Priming (painted shutters only)

Components of our painted maple shutter are primed in lineal form.  By priming in lineal form we can ensure an even coating of primer, up to two mill thickness on each part of the shutter.  A high quality prime helps the shutter take finish coats well.

Wood Grading (painted and stained shutters)

Not all components make the final cut for a Kirtz Shutter.  All of our components are inspected before they reach the production line and undesirable sections of wood with flaws are marked as not suitable for a Kirtz Shutter.

Prep Work~ Where the Magic Happens

Even the best quality wood has some imperfections.   To get a smooth finish involves a high level of attention to detail during prep work.   Imperfections are fixed during 2 different stages of manufacturing.  

The Production Line — Filler is applied to the any noticeable flaws in the wood and sanded out smooth.  

Brown and Sand — Shutters enter this area after they are built, and before they enter the finish room.  High intensity spotlights shine down upon the shutters, highlighting any slight flaw that might show up in the final product.  These minor flaws are fixed with putty and sanding, and then the finish sanding begins. 

Finish sanding is done by hand, with very fine sandpaper.  Every inch of the Kirtz Shutter is finish sanded, including the top of the tilt rod, an area that few manufactures take the time to address.  After final inspection, they are ready for finish.

shutters are inspected for flaws under high intensity lights

shutters are inspected for flaws under hign intensity lights

 

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

During finish Kirtz Shutters are hung from a track system on cars that allow the shutter to rotate completely.  This makes sure, whether painted or stained, each shutter receives an even amount of paint/stain on all parts of the shutters resulting in a smooth, even finish from any angle.

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

Painted Shutters receive  two coats of  lacquer paint finish on top of the primer.  In between coats, shutters are quality inspected.  All our paint has UV inhibitors in it to help keep your custom shutters looking great, even in the most intense sun.

Stained Shutters are sprayed with your stain color, typically a custom mix done just for you.  Each shutter receives two coats of stain.  In between coats, the shutters are taken down off the track, hand wiped and lightly sanded    This step is the differential between standard finish and a truly furniture quality finish.    Without it the shutter color would appear a bit opaque, what some people call “muddy” .  To finish up, we put two coats of clear finish on the shutters to protect the wood and bring up the beauty of the grain.   We use a 20 sheen, which gives a nice luster to the wood and provides the finish with depth.  

After finishing is complete, Kirtz Shutters sit overnight to let the finish have time to cure.  Depending on the time of the year, painted finishes are given extra curing time in a cool room.

While each area of our factory plays a key role in making the Kirtz Shutter a bench quality product,  the finish department plays a critical role in making the work of all the other departments really shine.