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

Plantation blinds are an ideal way to add the elegance of plantation shutters while sticking to a budget.

But what makes them differ from regular blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Find out more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Metro Detroit design specialists. We’ll help you select the ideal window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll tailor them just for your Detroit home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think about blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This best-selling, budget-friendly window covering usually has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds work well in busy rooms with a lot of foot traffic, since they’re easy to care for. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even quicker to lower.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

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

1. Slat Thickness

Plantation blinds have bigger slats than regular blinds, typically as big as 2.5 inches. But their slats are skinnier than plantation shutter louvers, which are as large as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Spot

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

3. Operating System

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

Design Your Blinds

Our blinds are available in a selection of slat sizes, finishes and materials. Highly desirable options include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which material you should select? Real wood blinds are ideal for rooms with not a lot of humidity, including bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a great selection for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

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

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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