All shutters we sell are custom built to the exact size of each of your windows and to your exact preferences. Blind Design of Houston uses the finest grade seasoned, kiln dried hardwoods. Our premium wood shutters can be painted or stained any color and our premium poly shutters can be painted any color.
One of our favorite choices for Houston window treatments is the plantation shutter. They are versatile, less expensive than custom draperies, and can increase the value of your home. They are the only window treatment that can be financed into the purchase of your home. Why? Because they are highly desirable and usually stay with the home when it’s sold.
At Blinds Design of Houston we specialize in custom plantation shutters. Many plantation shutter options are available to you and will be discussed on the FREE in-home appointment. Please read through our shutter information and view our shutter gallery and give us a call @ (281) 301-5680 when you are ready.
The Benefits of Plantation shutters:
- Shutters give better light control than curtains
- They have a classic and timeless design
- Shutters are easy to clean and keep clean
- They complement your color scheme
- Shutters add value to your Texas home
- They help provide peace and quiet
- Solid hardwood that lasts
Shutter Louver Sizes
2 ½” louvers for plantation shutters was the choice for many consumers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Viewed as a traditional plantation shutter, it created a quality, finished window treatment.
The desire for cleaner looks had lead to the 3 ½” louver plantation shutter dominating the market. Nearly 98% of all new shutter orders have the 3 ½” louver specified. Fewer louvers are necessary to build the shutter panel. When closed, they afford the same privacy as the 2 ½” louver. When opened however, the additional space between the louvers creates a dramatic, clean look that affords a greater view while still being subtle on your window.
Increasing in popularity is the 4 1/2″ louver. New construction today is outfitting homeowners with vinyl windows which provide a very deep window casement. This allows this large louver to sit flush inside of the molding and trim and allow for a true statement to be made!. As trends have shifted over the past 10 years, combining the 4 1/2″ louver with Superview has become an ever popular combination. Superview removes the traditional tilt rod from the front of the shutter panel and places it on the inside, or behind the panel if you will. It is not centered on the back but off to the side. Now you have created the cleanest, most modern look available in plantation shutters today. A perfect fit for the farmhouse look that is so popular today!
Traditional Houston, Texas shutters or 1” to 1 ½” louvers signify what plantation shutters looked like in the early days of window treatments. Extremely small louvers created the need for multiple panels in a window. These panels then either bi-folded or tri-folded in order to give the homeowner an opportunity to generate light in their home. Seldom ordered unless trying to replicate a “certain period of time”, the cost of traditional shutters could easily cost twice as much as the 2 ½” louver or 3 ½” shutters.
How much do plantation shutters cost?
There is no difference in pricing between Real Wood Shutters and Poly Shutters so it is best to weigh the features of each and make your decision. Shutters are an investment in your home so you want to consider all options and not cut corners. We are more than happy to share our experiences with you and help you decide which is best for your Houston, TX home.
Center Divider Rails
This feature is typically placed in the center of a shutter panel although it can be specified to be placed virtually anywhere. By replacing a louver with a solid section, this creates a break in the louvers, (not the panel!). Now louvers can be moved independently. Close the bottom louvers to get the privacy where it is needed most while still allowing light to come through the top louvers…easy! This look also creates additional “curb appeal”. While it is typically 3 ½” in height, it can be seen from the street as it covers the sash or locking area of most double hung windows. While it creates a true shutter look on most double hung windows, it is not readily used on doors or fixed windows that have no break. The introduction of the divider rail on these applications can be viewed as too busy especially from the outside.