The benefits of using plantation shutters as a window covering at home
What are plantation shutters?
Plantation shutters are a type of window furnishing made of louvres that pivot on a panel. They are custom made to fit each individual window frame in order to minimise light leakage and provide a neat finish. They are easily opened and closed by hand or can be motorised for windows that are hard to reach.
There are several different types of plantation shutters that are determined by the material that is used to make them. They are most commonly made of wood or timber, vinyl, aluminium or composite. At SOM Blinds, we only supply high-quality timber plantation shutters that are made to measure for Melbourne homes. For outdoor spaces, we also supply aluminium plantation shutter systems.
Why plantation shutters are among the best type of window furnishing
What you need to know about plantation shutters and light control
If light control is important to you, especially for shift workers or families with babies and young children, then plantation shutters could be an effective option for your home. There are two ways your shutters can provide light control: by tilting the louvres on the panel at an angle for a gentle adjustment of light, or by completely opening or closing the panel for a more dramatic change
Do plantation shutters provide better light control than blinds or curtains?
Are plantation shutters blockout?
Many homeowners are looking for blind solutions that promote and regulate healthy sleeping patterns. Blackout fabrics and specific blackout blinds may allow some light to penetrate the room, as the light can come in from around the sides unless side tracks are also installed. Side tracks are not an attractive option for indoor blinds.
While plantation shutters will block out most of the light filtering through windows, they cannot provide complete darkness. Small streams of light will still find their way through the narrow gaps between the louvres. Light leakage can also occur around the sides of the window frames, but this can be kept to a minimum with a customised fit and expert installation.
We can also combine them with a blackout honeycomb blind to provide absolute blackout during the day or night—a great solution for babies daytime naps, or sleep for shift workers. This will provide you with light control that will be better than most other window furnishing options, including Roman blinds and roller blinds.
Tips to maximise light blockage
Make the best of light control in your home with plantation shutters
Whether you want to block out light as much as possible or welcome it in without compromising your privacy, plantation shutters are an excellent solution for your windows. Get in touch with our team at SOM Blinds and find out how we can help you. We’d love to have you visit us at our showroom in Burwood, Melbourne where we can chat about your options over a cup of coffee. Call us on 03 9808 1807 today.