Plantation Shutters vs Blinds: Which is Best?

You’ve decided that curtains and drapes are not for you, but now you’re torn between plantation shutters and blinds. Not always an obvious choice, plantation shutters have a lot of advantages to being a window dressing. Let’s take a look at the two window dressing types, so you can make the best-informed decision for styling your home:

Plantation Shutters

The main difference between plantation shutters and blinds is the way they’re fitted. While blinds tend to be attached to the inside the window recess, shutters are attached to the window frame itself, allowing for a more sturdy structure.


  • Attractive and suited to every room and interior
  • A timeless addition to your home
  • Hard-wearing and long lasting
  • Requires little maintenance and easy to clean
  • Excellent for keeping heat in
  • Separate operation of each section allowing for excellent light control and ventilation
  • Offers an extra layer of security to your home
  • An investment that adds value to your home
  • Available in a range of high-quality materials including wood, PVC and faux wood
  • No cords or chains needed, so very child safe
  • Less scope for shutters to get damaged as there are no mechanisms
  • Fitted to any size and shape window, regardless of how obscure it may be
  • Can be custom painted to perfectly match the decor of your home


  • Can take up more window space than blinds as they’re fitted to the window frame rather than in the window recess
  • More costly than blinds


Blinds are more popular window dressing than shutters as they’re more widely available and affordable to buy.


  • Available in a huge variety of styles, designs and colours
  • Can be adjusted to offer varying levels of light and shade
  • Wide selection of materials available to suit every environment (e.g. PVC for bathrooms)
  • Options for blackout and insulation, allowing for conditions in your home to be improved
  • Very affordable


  • Much less robust than plantation shutters
  • Requires more maintenance and cleaning than shutters
  • Fabrics can become damaged from UV rays or too much moisture
  • Much shorter lifespan than shutters and will need to be replaced more frequently
  • Can become damaged more easily as there is more chance for things to go wrong, such as the mechanisms


When choosing between plantation shutters and blinds, it’s a matter of personal preference. However, plantation shutters offer a more robust, high-quality design that will withstand the test of time, and are a real investment for your home.

If you would like to know more about your window options, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 69 63.

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