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Plantation ShuttersNamed after the popular design of shutters found on American plantations they deliver a classical and elegant look to the decor of you’re home. Plantation shutters were originally designed as an external window covering for the hot climate. Now they are used inside the home because they can offer versatility in light, ventilation and privacy and offer an elegant alternative to curtains or blinds.

Please Note: Plantation shutters are also sometimes known as 'Colonial Shutters' – but generally speaking these days Colonial Shutters is the term used to refer to shutters externally – rather than internally.

Plantation shutters are made by hinging a number of panels together to enable them to fold back. Control of the louvers (oval shaped slats) between each panel can be done by an elongated rod, connecting each louver, allowing for unison adjustment of each set of louvers. Modern Louvers come in a variety of sizes – with the following being typical: 32mm, 48mm, 66 mm and 89 mm.

Plantation shutters can come in a variety of styles such as café style (A single shutter set will cover only a portion of the window opening), full height (A single shutter set will cover the entire height) and tier on tier (Two shutter sets will cover the entire height of the window opening).

They can be customized to suit your tastes with different colours and stains for an individual look. However when choosing a stain for your shutters keep in mind that over time the stain will darken slightly. Plantation shutters were originally made in wood but now there are a number of alternatives to suit your budget. These include various woods such as Poplar and Cedar.

Poplar is known for its versatility and durability and is economically priced, while shutters made of Cedar often cost a little more than those made of Poplar. However in our opinion Cedar is a high quality wood that is unparralled in beauty and durability and is well worth its price tag.

Those on a budget should consider plantation shutters made from MDF. It may be cost effective but it boasts a shutter that has a robust clean appearance.

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