Plantation Shutter Styles: A Buyer’s Guide

With such a wide range of plantation shutter styles on the market, it can be difficult to decide which kind to choose. Our buyer’s guide will help you select the right style for your home.

Plantation Shutter Styles

Plantation shutters come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit windows of all kinds. Three of the most popular styles of plantation shutter are:

  • Full height
  • Tier-on-tier
  • Café

Types of plantation shutter

However, plantation shutter styles are not restricted to these three shapes alone. Owing to their bespoke nature, they can be made to fit virtually any window – no matter how awkward – from circles, arches and half-moons to triangles, hexagons and octagons.

Plantation shutter styles

Materials and Finishes

Traditional plantation shutters are made from hardwoods such as cedar, basswood and elm. Such timbers are prized for their attractive grain, durability and resistance to warping, making them ideal for window shutters. They also have excellent insulating properties.Wooden plantation shutters

Wooden plantation shutter styles and finishes vary dramatically. If you’re going for the natural look, choose an oiled or lacquered finish; if you would prefer something a bit brighter, have them painted in the colour of your choice.

While it might be recommended in most cases, timber is not the best material for areas that are prone to a lot of damp such as bathrooms and kitchens. For rooms like these, you’re better off choosing a synthetic, closed-cell composite or epoxy-laminated timber to ensure that your shutters don’t warp, dent or chip over time.

Bathroom shutters

Other Options

Louvered vs. solid window shutters

Louvered window shutters are composed of horizontal slats, which are angled in such a way that they admit light and air, but keep out rain, drafts and direct sunshine. As the name suggests, solid window shutters are made up of a single, solid piece of wood, much like a door.

Solid window shutter

Which style you choose comes down to what you prefer the look of. Louvered shutters have a stylish, Mediterranean feel about them, while solid window shutters are ideal for achieving a more traditional look. If you want the best of both worlds, opt for a solid base with louvered top.

Manual vs. motorised

If someone in your household has limited mobility or your windows are difficult to reach, you can choose to have some or all of your plantation shutters motorised. That way, they can be operated smoothly and silently at the touch of a button.


If you wish to enquire further about the different plantation shutter styles that are on offer, contact Shutter Design today. We have a fabulous range of standard designs to choose from and can also make custom shutters to meet your unique requirements. Call 01423 359230 or browse our website for more information on our products and services.

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