Options for Plantation Shutters

Colors and material types aren’t the only decisions to be made when purchasing plantation shutters. Other options to consider are how they will be hung and how they will operate.

Installation Options for Plantation Shutters

Custom shutters offer great flexibility when it comes to installation, allowing them to work well in almost every window in your home. As a general rule, shutters are not hinged directly to your window trim or wall, they are hinged to strips that are mounted to your windows or on frames mounted to your wall or over your existing trim. Both of these options help prevent gaps between the shutters and window trim and keep unwanted lighted from sneaking in around the edges.

Shutters can be hung within or outside the window frame. If you have decorative trim around your windows, hanging the shutters inside the frame keeps your trim visible. Inside mounting also make the shutter flush with the window, which is beneficial if you are adding custom draperies or don’t want your shutter to protrude into the room.

If your trim isn’t particularly attractive, you don’t have any trim at all, or you have older windows that are no longer square, shutters can be mounted outside the windows on custom frames. Another benefit to outside-mounted shutters is your window treatments won’t interfere with tilt-in windows if you have them.

Plantation shutters can also be hinged in different ways. The most common method is to hinge one panel to each side of your window and have them meet in the middle. However, if you have an obstruction on one side of the window, like another wall or large piece of furniture, this may not work for you. If the window is small enough, you can use one shutter that covers the entire window and hinges to the unobstructed side of the window. Or if the window is too large for a single panel, multiple panels can be hinged together so they fold up accordion-style to one side of the window.

Operating Systems for Custom Shutters

Front Tilt Bar System - This operating system consists of a bar centered on the front of the shutter used to open and close the slats. This is the standard system for Hunter Douglas shutters.

TruView Rear Tilt® – As its name implies, this system has a tilt bar mounted on the back of the shutter slats and is available on all Hunter Douglas shutters. It is located along the edge of the window covering, making it less visible.

Lantana® - Available on Palm Beach faux wood shutters, this system eliminates the center bar altogether. The slats on the shutter all move at the same time when you adjust one of them.

Bi-Fold Track – Covering sliding glass doors, large windows, or even closets is easy with the bi-fold track. Shutters are mounted on a top track and fold up on each side of the opening.

Bypass Track – Also good for covering large areas, shutters slide in front or behind one another on top and bottom tracks with this system.

Serving Miami, Florida and the surrounding areas, South Kendall Interiors is the perfect place to find plantation shutters for your home or business. Come see us or give us a call today.