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What's the Difference Between Plantation Blinds and Traditional Blinds?

Plantation blinds are a fantastic way to incorporate the elegance of plantation shutters while following a budget.

But what makes them stand out from traditional blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Discover more below or request a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Birmingham design consultants. We’ll help you select the best window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll tailor them just for your Birmingham home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might imagine mini blinds. This popular, budget-friendly window covering usually has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds work well in busy areas with a lot of foot traffic, since they’re easy to maintain. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even easier to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look similar to plantation shutters but have several unique features.

1. Slat Size

Plantation blinds have larger slats than standard blinds, often as wide as 2.5 inches. But their slats are skinnier than plantation shutter louvers, which are as big as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Area

Plantation blinds are fitted at the top of windows, while plantation shutters are inserted inside the window opening.

3. Operating System

Many plantation blinds are raised with a cord, but some include a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Personalize Your Blinds

Our blinds come in a selection of slat sizes, finishes and materials. Best-selling materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which type you should get? Real wood blinds are ideal for rooms with low humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you want, you’ll get window treatments with superior light control.

Related: Shutters vs. Blinds—What’s Suitable for My Home?

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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