Getting the Look of Plantation Shutters For Less

August 22, 2012

Wide Slat Wooden BlindWe all love the look of real plantation shutters for the quality built-in design of them.  They are a popular choice for homeowners and are definitely an investment in your home, which can contribute to a higher resale value if you are looking to sell in the future.  However plantation shutters come with some disadvantages as well, which we’ll discuss before offering you an alternative that not only saves you time and money, but maintenance costs and aggravation.

Have you ever tried to look up the cost of plantation shutters online?  It’s a mysterious thing.  While there is definitely no shortage of quality companies that provide bespoke shutters, it is nearly impossible to find any with transparent pricing.   What you will find is many customers making the query for even a loose estimate of total costs, but no responses from shutter companies.  Why do you think that is?  Naturally it is hard to provide a linear quote without a windows measurement but also because the cost of shutters is exuberant.   If the prices were less shocking, they’d be more willing to post them openly for customers.  For most people, shutters are outside of their reasonable price range.

So if you are on a budget (and most of us are) is there a way to get the look of shutters without having to pay the steep prices for service and installation of them in your home?  Absolutely!   Natural wood venetian blinds with wide slats very accurately mimic the look and feel of plantation or Louvre blinds easily and far more affordably.  One of the reasons that wide slat wood venetians are outselling other products is that our customers know they can achieve that designer shuttered look for a lot less.

Right Size Your Window

Our natural wood blinds are offered in four slat widths in 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and our widest built at 63mm.  But before you aim to order the largest slats, consider the overall scale and size of your window.  Small or narrow windows should stick with at most, the 50mm width.   Placing a large slat blind into a small window frame will create an unbalanced look in terms of scale.   For larger windows such as bay windows you may consider the largest size of 63mm slats which will span the large frame beautifully and in the correct proportion.

Wide Slat Wood Venetian BlindsCare and Maintenance

Shuttered or Louvre blinds are installed with a great deal of hardware including hinges and specialty handles to open and close the blinds, which can make them very difficult to clean.   In a natural wood finish this may not be as much of an issue, but if you are installing a bright white blind which requires frequent cleaning, you will definitely find a wide slat venetian to be less work than a shutter.    For families with allergies to dust or other respiratory issues, what is easiest to clean will have everyone breathing easier in the long run.

Choose a quality wood venetian blind starting from only £28.55 on our website.  Explore some of our fabulous wood finishes and order some free samples to evaluate in your home.  Choose the right dimensions and scale for your installation and you can recreate that shutter look saving hundreds of dollars over the cost of plantation blinds.   Create your space!