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

Plantation blinds are a great way to get the look of plantation shutters while following a budget.

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

Find out more below or schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of North Alabama design specialists. We’ll help you choose the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your living room. Then we’ll make them just for your Huntsville home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think of blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This popular, budget-friendly window treatment often has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds work well in busy rooms with heavy foot traffic, since they’re easy to maintain. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even quicker to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds are similar to plantation shutters but have a number of distinct features.

1. Slat Size

Plantation blinds have bigger slats than traditional blinds, sometimes as large as 2.5 inches. But their slats are skinnier than plantation shutter louvers, which are as wide as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Location

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.

Customize Your Blinds

Our blinds are available in a selection of slat thicknesses, finishes and materials. Best-selling styles include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which kind you should get? Real wood blinds are best for rooms with not a lot of humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you want, you’ll receive window treatments with greater light control.

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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