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

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

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

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


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think about blinds, you might imagine mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly window treatment usually has one-inch aluminum slats.

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

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

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

1. Slat Width

Plantation blinds have bigger slats than standard blinds, typically 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 Spot

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

3. Operating System

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

Personalize Your Blinds

Our blinds are available in many different slat sizes, finishes and materials. Most popular options include faux wood and wood blinds.

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

Whichever style you want, you’ll have 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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