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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Putting up custom shutters can add a burst of vibrance and style to your residence.

Because they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best fits your preference and budget. After all, quality shutters may even help increase your Orlando home’s value.

There are a wide variety of interior shutter options to select from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Also, there’s a huge variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are small distinctions between the three models, and they can have an effect on how these shutters will look in your home. Amid the main distinctions is the louver width, but there are added distinctions also.

When you collaborate with a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Orlando, we make it easy to choose the best shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you begin. We’ll bring the showroom to your house so you can look at our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the stains and materials will enhance your space.

Keep reading to find out the little distinctions between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters today. They’re typically created with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you want a modern appearance that can add life to any window and add a sophisticated detail, plantation shutters are a fantastic choice.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters are made from thick cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend of the two materials.

PVC helps save energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is long-lasting. Wood has a classic look and can be stained to work with your favorite color style.

They frequently come in bright colors to illuminate an area, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver thickness influences how wide of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re trying to complement present shutters in your house or are looking for an antique look. This size works well for little windows, but also can be used on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, since it gives an up-to-date feel. It works with small to large windows while letting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver thickness, as it provides an extremely modern feel. It’s ideal for big windows and patio doors, as it offers the best view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s usually white.

Quality kinds of this shutter are crafted from dense cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They could also be manufactured from a combination of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a range of colors, though California shutters are usually white. This keeps areas inviting while letting in natural light.

As California shutters have a narrower louver, they have a more conventional look. They suit either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your residence by personalizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true model with close frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Deluxe versions of this shutter are manufactured from fine real wood, such as basswood. They give a timeless appearance that matches any window height.

We built Louver Shop of Orlando on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re part of a couple of businesses in the world who still create this style.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is essential, no matter which shutter look you design.

Ready-made shutters may appear like a great deal, but they may not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made in China, you can’t be sure what level of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete expert measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we complete the process with pro installation to ensure a seamless look.

To get started designing your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your home, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and without pressure.

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