Window treatments are an important part of any room. They can be used to make a space seem more modern or traditional, depending on your preference. There are many styles of window treatments available today, but there are two that are the most popular among homeowners: curtains and plantation shutters.
Curtains are an affordable solution for people who want to cover their windows with something decorative. Plantation shutters offer the same visual benefits as curtains, plus they also help insulate your home against cold drafts in the wintertime and hot air in the summertime.
We'll go over the pros and cons of each below so you can determine which one is best for you.
Pros of Plantation Shutters
- They don't go out of style. Interior shutters have been around for a long time, and they'll continue to be used.
- They complement a wide variety of home styles. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there's a shutter style that will fit your decor. While white or wood-colored stains are the most conventional, you'll also have the alternative to make your shutters get noticed with bold colors like gray, bright red or deep blue.
- They can be used throughout your home for a cohesive look. Wood plantation shutters are ideal for large windows, since they're light. Solid polymer plantation shutters work well in rooms with a lot of heat or moisture, like bathrooms or kitchens, or on south-facing windows.
- They're highly customizable. With custom shutters, you'll be able to choose the louver size, color, frame style and more. Go with ultra-wide louvers for a contemporary appearance. Or narrower ones if you love a classic style.
- They can be installed on just about any window, including sidelights, arched windows and even patio doors. If you select custom plantation shutters, you'll receive a great fit throughout your home, even on custom or unique windows.
- They're very energy efficient. Your windows are your home's main source of energy loss, but plantation shutters can help you keep heating and cooling where it belongs. They help you save energy through the way they're placed on windows, their design and their materials.
- They deliver a significant level of light control. A tilt bar controls the louvers, letting in as little or as much light as you want. Because shutters fit securely against the window, you can also attain a blackout effect for bedrooms or home cinemas.
- They'll last a lifetime, if you choose the correct ones. Quality plantation shutters, such as custom ones manufactured in the United States, are durable and will often last for a lifetime.
- They may increase your home's value. Custom-made shutters are very attractive to potential buyers.
- They're easy to clean. Occasionally dusting and wiping down your plantation shutters with a soft, damp rag will keep them looking gorgeous for years to come.
- They don't require much maintenance. Top-quality shutters have features that keep staples from pulling out and maintain proper tension, so you won't need to do much maintenance79 other than keeping them clean.
Cons of Plantation Shutters
- They can be pricey. Custom plantation shutters are a premium window treatment designed to last a lifetime, and the price reflects that.
- They can yellow over time. If you purchase the wrong plantation shutters, sunlight can cause their finish to crack or yellow. You can prevent this problem by choosing a company that uses premium paint and includes a warranty for the finish.
- They can sag. Ready-made plantation shutters manufactured overseas tend to lose their shape as time passes. This is caused by empty louvers. A premium shutter manufacturer uses solid louvers and will warranty against this problem.
- They may need tightening. This issue is more typical with less expensive shutters. Quality ones will never need to be tightened or adjusted.
Pros of Curtains
- They're inexpensive. Curtains are much less expensive than plantation shutters.
- They're easy to install. You can typically install curtain rods and curtains on your own.
Cons of Curtains
- They go out of style fast. Trends come and go each year, so it's easy for curtains to start looking dated.
- They can be hard to adjust. This is particularly true for tall or floor-to-ceiling windows.
- They can interfere with furniture. Long curtains can be a problem if you have furniture nearby and using shorter curtains can look awkward on certain windows.
- They don't look good on certain windows and doors. Curtains aren't a good match for arched windows, sidelights, French doors or sliding glass doors.
- They don't provide as much light control. It's more difficult to control how much light you let in. If you're looking for a blackout effect, you still might have light leaking through the top or the sides of the curtains.
- They aren't energy efficient. Curtains provide very low energy efficiency because of their design, material and the way they fit around windows.
- They're difficult to clean. Curtains get dusty quickly and can harbor allergens. While some styles may be washable, others might require specialty or dry cleaning.
- They can yellow or lose color over time. Unless your curtain fabric includes UV protection, sunlight can discolor them.
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