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What are Plantation Shutters?

Many people don’t know what plantation shutters are or how they work, understandably so, since there are SO MANY types of shutters out there.  Well, sit back, and grab a drink because we’re about to take you on a plantation shutters journey!

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What are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation Shutters have been a trendy decor item for the past decade, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. They’re stylish and functional AND can help increase your home’s energy efficiency. Honestly, what more can you want?   

However, many people don’t know what plantation shutters are or how they work, understandably so, since there are SO MANY types of shutters out there.   

Well, sit back, and grab a drink because we’re about to take you on a plantation shutters journey! 

What are Plantation Shutters?   

plantation shutters in modern living room

In a nutshell, plantation shutters are wooden, slatted blinds that sit inside their own frame, drilled to your windowsill or door frame.   

The slats – or sometimes referred to as louvres – can be tilted from fully closed to fully open and angled anywhere in between, allowing you to control light and airflow throughout the room.  

These types of shutters can be mounted inside or outside your windows, depending on what look you prefer and how much privacy you want from passers-by (or nosy neighbours).   

Where do Plantation Shutters Come From?  

A huge clue is in the name! They originated from Southern USA, where shutters were commonly fitted to large farms or estates that typically grew coffee, tobacco, cotton, or sugar. Aka, Plantations.   

However, their actual origins can be dated back to Ancient Greece and Medieval times, where solid shutters made from materials like wood and marble were fitted to buildings for the protection they offered from weather or security.   

What are the Benefits of Plantation Shutters?  

When choosing your newest set of shutters, you want them to be functional and the best bang for your buck. To show you how plantation shutters can benefit your home, we have just the list for you: 


Plantation shutters are an excellent choice for homeowners who want to increase the privacy of their homes.  

They can also be installed on either side of a window, allowing you to control how much light enters your space and keep unwanted eyes out. This could be perfect if you live in a busy area or on a main road.  

Energy Efficiency 

Plantation shutters also provide insulation benefits that help keep your home cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months. This makes them ideal for those who live in climates where temperatures fluctuate drastically throughout the year (yes, we’re talking about the UK).

Aiding in temperature regulation won’t only save you on bills but can make your home a more comfortable place to be, whatever the weather.


Plantation shutters are also an excellent way to add style and personality to your home. They come in various colours, styles and materials that can be customised to fit any window or door. We’ll work with you to ensure your plantation shutters look exactly how you want them to look.


In the short term, plantation shutters are an excellent investment for yourself. However, they can help you to sell your property thanks to their aesthetics and durability. If you opt for timeless plantation shutters, they can be a fantastic selling point if you move property.  

Low maintenance

We all have busy lives. Who really has the time to spend hours maintaining their window coverings? If you want a low-maintenance window covering, then these types of shutters take the cake. Every. Single. Time.

Shutters can be kept clean and dust-free with a simple wipe-down with a wet cloth! Check out our shutters cleaning guide here.

What Styles Do Plantation Shutters Come In? 

There are many different styles of plantation shutters to choose from, including:  

  • Tier-on-Tier shutters offer the most versatility when it comes to light and privacy control. The top and bottom panels can be operated independently, allowing you to adjust the amount of light and privacy as needed without having to adjust all panels simultaneously.   
  • Café-style shutters are popular for kitchens and bathrooms as they provide privacy while letting in some natural light.   
  • Full Height Shutters provide maximum privacy and light control, making them an excellent choice for bedrooms and other areas where privacy is paramount.  

Many plantation shutters can be used to fit homeowners’ vision for their interior windows. This can add a touch of class and elegance to any home.   

No matter your needs, there is bound to be a plantation shutter option that is perfect for you. Different plantation shutters can be used throughout your home to have the same aesthetic but meet your requirements.  

Do Plantation Shutters Come in Other Colours?   

Yes, they do! Move over white shutters (which are, of course, beautiful, too!). New funky colours are coming to take your place. 

Plantation shutters are available in a wide variety of colours and stains so don’t be afraid to get creative! The custom colour service we offer here at Fraser James Blinds lets you match your shutters to your favourite paint shade – whether deep purple or lime green; we have it all covered!  

Plantation Shutters in Leicester, Coventry, Northampton, or the Surrounding Areas   

There you have it. Everything you need to know about Plantation Shutters!   

Consider Fraser James Blinds for all your shutter wants and needs. Our bespoke shutters are made to measure for any shape or size of windows. Whether you need shutters to fit your bay windows or awkwardly shaped circular or triangular windows, the team at Fraser James Blinds will help you find the ideal solution.  

All our customers benefit from a free home visit, during which we will consult with you, measure the window space, and give you a no-obligation quote so you can assess your options.  

Check out this 5-star review from one of our customers, 

‘We are absolutely ecstatic with our shutters. It’s been a seamless service from the moment Fraser came to measure right through to fitting. Ned was our fitter and he has done the most wonderful job. Lovely courteous man who fitted 4 windows and a large bay in good time. Tidied up everything and showed me how to use/look after the shutters. Thank you so much’. 

Contact us today for some friendly advice – we’re always happy to help.

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