The Pros and Cons of Shutters

Room with wood shutters.

When most people think of window treatments, plantation shutters may be the one of the first options that comes to mind. But how can you know if shutters are the right choice for you and your home? Read our pros and cons list to weigh your options when it comes to deciding on the perfect window treatment.

PROS

1. Classic Aesthetic Appeal

There’s a reason why shutters are so popular with design enthusiasts. They offer timeless style that can elevate the look and feel of a room, even when you’re looking from the outside in. Because they are sold as custom window treatments, you can also pick and choose the right design for your home, whether that means going with a more traditional style or something totally modern.

2. Low Maintenance

Shutters are one of the easiest window treatments to clean and maintain. Simply use a duster to regularly wipe off dust and debris, and occasionally wipe with a damp cloth for a little extra attention. Your shutters will all but take care of themselves!

3. Durable

Simply put, high-quality shutters are one of the most durable and long-lasting choices you can make when it comes to window treatments. They are made from durable materials that won’t stain or fray like certain fabrics, and there are no strings or cords to become caught or break with regular use. In fact, they usually have twice the lifespan of most other coverings.

4. Exceptional Light Control

Shutters allow for an easy adjustment of light or dark with very little effort. Whether you’d like a little light or a sunlight-flooded room, simply change the angle of the louvers to let in the amount of light you’re comfortable with. When completely closed, shutters are very efficient at achieving a room darkening effect.

5. Extremely Versatile

There are so many design options to choose from when you’re purchasing shutters! Customize the color, material, number of panels, hinges and more for a unique look that can fit any room in your home. Your shutters can also be customized to fit any size and angle of window.

Room with wood shutters.

CONS

1. Always Visible

Unfortunately, shutters can not be hidden from sight like some other window coverings. Though you can of course adjust the panels to open or close according to the amount of light you wish to enter the room, the shutters will always be visible from the outside.

2. Higher Price Point

Generally speaking, shutters fall on the more expensive end when it comes to window treatments. They aren’t the highest in price, but they’ll definitely cost more than other options, such as blinds. Because of their long lifespan, shutters are more of an investment than a temporary fix.

3. Limits Furniture Placement

Placing furniture directly in front of shutters can limit your ability to open and close them. This means you must be thoughtful about your interior design when choosing to install shutters to your home.

4. Longer Wait Times

In most cases, shutters will take longer to arrive than other window treatments. With most other products, it can take 2-3 weeks, while shutters may take up to 6-8. This is because they are being custom built for your home — and that takes time! We would never sacrifice quality to rush an order, so keep that in mind when making decisions regarding your window treatments.

White shutters in bathroom.

Ultimately, choosing the right window treatment is totally up to you! We hope that learning the pros and cons of shutters can aid you when making your decision. To learn more, visit our website or give us a call at 720-458-6566.