More Shutter Myths Exposed

Spencer Madsen

The Boise shutter pros have debunked some shutter myths previously. During our previous myth-debunking trip, we tackled some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have about plantation shutters in Boise.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions team is back to set the record straight on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers around Idaho. Let’s get started.

Myth: “Plantation shutters are for Southern houses.”

When some homeowners see the words “plantation shutters,” they immediately go to the image of a huge, elegant southern house surrounded by fields. Though 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 block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters can give those exact same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style homes can use shutters, just like Tudor homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even lake houses can.

Myth #2: “My house is too eclectic for shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, 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 install 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 type of design, from chic parlor 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 seems to be some confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Either way, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Below is a basic breakdown of both.

What’s the difference?



Are able to block out whole window134




Suspended 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 non-square windows?

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape 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 play a huge part in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday off the shelf 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 & Window Fashions 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.