Plantation Shutters

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.