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Plantation Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

We’ve dismantled some shutter myths in the past. During our previous myth-debunking trip, we looked at some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have about plantation shutters in Boise.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Boise team is back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve heard from homeowners around Idaho. Let’s get started.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Look Good In Southern Houses.”

When some homeowners see the words “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a huge, elegant southern house surrounded by fields. Although it’s true that the shutters are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters enjoyed a lot of popularity much earlier and much later than the Antebellum South.

Boise pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely picked up their name because they were in just about every house in the south at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering great views for those sprawling houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those very same perks to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style homes can use shutters, just like Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth#2: “My House Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Eclectic For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some homeowners may have gotten the impression that shutters may seem a little stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their space was “too distinct” to use shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are the one window treatment that can complement any style. 

Boise man cave with shutters
Shutters are adaptable to any style, from stylish living room to cozy man cave. And remember, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they just don’t go out of style. Buy a set of the newest and most fashionable curtains and they’ll likely be dated in just a few seasons. Shutters stay stunning and elegant for years and years, especially when you install patented Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds And Shutters Are Pretty Much The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Below is a basic breakdown of the two.

What’s the difference?



Can they block out the entire window?




Hangs from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame


Can wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit specialty windows?



What are the horizontal parts called?



Myth: “All window coverings are basically identical in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and finish will all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your common department store aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory are most wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But far beyond all of these are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re swimming in a sea of inaccurate info about shutters, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Boise today at 208-609-9129 to talk to one of our experts and set up your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.