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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of vibrance and elegance to your residence.

Since they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best matches your style and budget. After all, premier shutters could even help increase your Columbus house’s value.

There are a wide variety of interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a big variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny discrepancies between the three types, and they can influence how these shutters will look in your residence. Among the top distinctions is the louver width, but there are added differences in addition.

When you hire a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Columbus, we make it simple to design the best shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you begin. We’ll bring the styles to your living room so you can look at our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will enhance your space.

Keep reading to learn the small distinctions between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters at this time. They’re typically designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire a contemporary appearance that can add life to any space and add an elegant touch, plantation shutters are an excellent option.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters are built from solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is sturdy. Wood gives a traditional look and can be stained to match your preferred color style.

They commonly come in light colors to let more light into a space, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver thickness affects how wide of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re trying to complement existing shutters in your home or are looking for a historical appearance. This size is great for small windows, but also can be installed on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver widths, since it offers a contemporary style. It works well on small to large windows while allowing in abundant sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it gives an extremely up-to-date feel. It’s ideal for large windows and patio doors, since it provides the best view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s usually white.

Quality versions of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be manufactured from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a variety of colors, except California shutters are usually a brighter color. This keeps spaces welcoming while letting in light.

Because California shutters have a narrower louver, they provide a more traditional appearance. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you create this look for your home by customizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate look with close frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Premium types of this shutter are created from fine real wood, such as basswood. They give a classic look that matches any window width.

We founded Louver Shop of Columbus on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re part of a few businesses in the world who still produce this type.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is crucial, no matter which shutter look you choose.

Pre-made shutters may feel like a good purchase, but they may not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t know what type of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll take exact measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we end the process with expert installation to provide a good look.

To begin designing your shutters, call us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your residence, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and without pressure.

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