You plantation shutters can be as unique as you. Take a look at the many styles available through Kirtz.

Plantation Shutters as Doors and Partitons

Plantation shutters can and are often used as interior doors and partitions.   This is especially true in commercial applications.    The primary reason louvered doors are often use is to provide privacy, or create a definitive space, and still allow for air circulation.    Dressing rooms and bathrooms stalls are both areas that you might frequently see a louvered door in commercial buildings.

In a residential application, these are frequently seen as doors in closets, water closets, or between rooms.. ie kitchen to dining.

Important things to know when using shutters as doors-

1)  consider depth ~ if the door is going into a door jamb opening, pay attention to the depth of your jamb.  For a water closet or closet door a standard shutter depth will usually suffice (Kirtz standard depth is 1 1/4″), but a standard interior door is usually 1 3/4″.  Be sure to choose a manufacture that can provide this custom depth (Kirtz can, and frequently does this depth of shutter)

2) consider design ~ will the appearance of a standard shutter work?  Many plantation shutter manufactures use a drop rail construction.  This means that the rail (horizontal solid member) is not as deep as the stile (vertical side member)  of the shutter.  Doors typically have a flush stile and rail configuration (all the same depth).  If this is your preference, be sure to specify it.

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Arch Windows & Plantation Shutters

Many new homes today have arch windows, often called eyebrow windows.  Most often they are used on the front of a home, to add architectural appeal.  When the homeowner moves in, they often discover that charming window doesn’t come with any easy solution when it comes to window treatments.      One of the best solutions is a plantation shutter.    It offers the best combination of light control (louvers are operable) and aesthetics (it compliment’s the shape of the window).

What makes a good quality arch shutter?  There are two key areas that make all the difference:

Proportion: Special shapes, like arches, take the greatest amount of skill to build, and it should be evident in the finished product.  The top part of shutter, called the rail, should stay the same width as it follows the arch top of the window.

Louvers: These should be moveable into the arch.  Do not be misled by manufacturers who take shortcuts, this is possible!

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Plantation Shutters on French Doors

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Many people are at a loss with how to do window treatments  on doors, especially when a lever handle is involved and it is in a high traffic area.

Lets look at some common window treatment solutions for these doors.  Our in- home sales division (in OK and KS)  has put all these products on doors for customers,  so the basis for this blog is our experience.

Wood blinds-  Many blind manufacturers solution is to do a cut out of the blind slats around the handle, thus preventing the slats hitting the handle when they are opened and closed.  The drawbacks of this solution, is that is does not offer as much privacy as many homeowners desire and clearance is still an issue when raising or lowering the blind.   Another option is to order a very small slat so that the blind fits behind the handle.    This can be a good solution, but small size slats are only offered in certain product lines, so your options are a bit more limited.  Also,   if you want the larger slats for other windows in the room,  it breaks the flow a bit.

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What makes a good plantation shutter design?

Kirtz Plantation Shutters are all custom designed and produced.  So when you choose to order plantation shutters from Kirtz Shutters, you have a variety of  shutter layout and design options.  Two major areas for discussion are — How do I choose a louver size?  And how many shutters should I put in each opening?

First, let’s talk about louver size.  This depends on a variety of factors, such as the style of your home architecture and design.  However, this comes down to personal preference.  Part of the beauty of plantation shutters is that you can get such great visibility and light control just by slightly adjusting the louver angle.  It stands to reason that the larger the louver, the better the view.    Many people are simply amazed at how much visibility you can get with a shutter.  In fact, during our in- home consultations we typically bring one sample of each louver size, set it in the window, ask the client to step back and take a look at the different proportions of each louver size and how that impacts the feel of the room.  Well, I can’t do that in a blog, but take a look at this picture.  Each opening shown is 72″ x 72″; the only thing that changes is the size of the louver.

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Hidden Tilt ~ The Best Way to Maximize Your View

Hidden tilt, one of the newer custom options available with Kirtz Shutters, has become increasing popular since its introduction.

How it works

On a traditional plantation shutter louvers are fastened to the tilt rod with staples and you use the tilt rod to contol the position of the louvers.   With a hidden tilt rod, a narrow metal rod is attached to the backside of the panel at the end of the louver on the hinge side.   We then finish the hidden rod a similar color to the panels.

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Although we can build shutter panels to our standard height of 120″ with hidden tilt, the rod must be broken at a certain point so that the weight of the louvers does not prohibit the mechanism from working appropriately.

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