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Louver Shop of Memphis Product Glossary

Learn More about Our Shutters, Blinds and Shades

Build the window treatments you want with custom shutters, blinds and shades from Louver Shop of Memphis.

It can be hard to know where to start, but our product glossary can help. As well as scheduling a free, in-home design consultation with your local Memphis professional. We’ll bring the window treatment showroom to your living room.

See below to discover more about your options—all crafted in the United States.

Interior Window Treatments

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are used for privacy, light diffusion and airflow. Some styles are built for improved energy efficiency.

  • Plantation Shutters: Classic style for modern homes. Wood or cellular PVC shutters with wide louvers (2.5”, 3.5” or 4.5” options at no additional cost). Fully customizable and made in a collection of colors. Louver Shop of Memphis exclusive. Also known as plantation blinds.
    • Classic Plantation Shutters: Premium wood and cellular PVC plantation shutters that create a traditional style in any home. Our most popular shutter.
    • Heritage Diamond Select™: Solid wood plantation shutters crafted with top-of-the-line materials. They will set your home apart from the rest.
    • LouverWood™: Cellular PVC plantation shutters that insulate three times better than wood.
    • Signature Shutters: Solid wood plantation shutters with an exclusive build only available from Louver Shop of Memphis.
  • Traditional Shutters: The “original” interior wood shutter with narrow frames and smaller louvers (1.25”).

Blinds

Make your home more comfortable and stylish with Hunter Douglas blinds from Louver Shop of Memphis. As tough as they are attractive, there’s a window blind for every home. A great choice to filter light and increase privacy.

  • Horizontal Blinds: Traditional window treatment built in wood or PVC.
    • EverWood®: Moisture-resistant PVC blinds that look like wood.
    • Parkland®: Classic horizontal hardwood blinds.
    • Plantation Blinds: Plantation blinds have wider slats, like plantation shutters. Usually crafted from wood or faux wood.
  • Mini Blinds: Horizontal aluminum blinds with long, narrow louvers.
  • Vertical Blinds: Individual louvers clipped into a sliding track at the top of the blind.
    • Cadence®: Soft vertical blinds with the impression of drapes.
    • Skyline®: Gliding vertical fabric panels with current style.
    • Somner®: Custom vertical blinds in vinyl, fabric or aluminum.
    • Vertical Solutions®: Budget-friendly fabric or vinyl vertical blinds.

Shades

Hunter Douglas shades can lessen sunlight, decrease heat transfer and resist damaging UV rays.

  • Honeycomb Shades: Provides superior energy efficiency. Many air pockets give them a honeycomb-like shape and excellent insulating qualities.
    • Applause®: Budget-friendly, energy-efficient honeycomb shade with triple-cell construction.
    • Duette®: Most energy-efficient honeycomb shade available.
  • Pleated Shades: A single piece of fabric that stacks into neat pleats when raised.
  • Roman Shades: One piece of fabric that hangs flat while closed and stacks when raised.
  • Roller and Solar Shades: Simple, affordable shades. Curls around a roller when raised. Some models offer extra insulation and light-filtering capabilities.
  • Sheer Shades: Provides both light and privacy. Combines vertical or horizontal adjustable vanes floating between backings.
    • Nantucket™: Affordable sheers that integrate drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Pirouette®: Customizable sheers with superior light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Silhouette®: Premium sheers with excellent light control that combine drapes and floating horizontal blinds.
    • Luminette®: Combines the beauty of drapes and floating vertical blinds.

Hunter Douglas Operating Systems

Hunter Douglas offers a collection of motorized and manual operating systems for their blinds and shades. Available systems vary based on the product.

Motorized Operating Systems

  • PowerView®: Wireless operating system controlled or scheduled via a remote or mobile device.
  • SoftTouch™: Battery-operated system with wand operation.
  • Vertical Motorized System: Remote or wall-mount system for vertical blinds.

Manual Operating Systems

  • UltraGlide®: Retractable cord or wand stay at a consistent length when raising or lowering window treatments.
  • LiteRise®: Cordless system works with your hand, pushing up to raise or pulling down to lower.
  • Duolite®: Light diffusion and shade darkening in one product.
  • LightLock™: Brings 100% blackout capability for Duette® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Top-Down/Bottom Up: Open your shades from the top, bottom or any point in between.
  • Vertiglide™: Cordless operating system for Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Available in either manual or motorized.
  • SimpleLift™: Contoured bottom rail takes away the need for a handle, making raising and lowering shades easy.
  • Cordless Lifting System: Cord-free spring-assist system to raise and lower large window solutions.
  • EasyRise™: Pull on a loop to raise or lower a shade.
  • Clutch-Operated Continuous Cord Loop: Continuous loop operates on a pulley, rotating a clutch to raise or lower a shade.
  • Custom Clutch: Smooth operating system that creates the smallest gap possible between a shade and a window to reduce the most light.
  • Standard Cordlock: Locks into place for easy operation and cleaner appearance.
  • Combination Wand/Cord Control: Brings single control to traverse or rotate the vanes or louvers.
  • Wand Control: Changes looped pull cords with a wand.
  • Chain and Cord: Provides smooth operation and excellent light control.

Parts and Features of Shutters, Blinds and Shades

We frequently refer to these parts and features on our window treatment product pages.

  • Architella®: Premium feature for unique Hunter Douglas products. Features excellent energy efficiency.
  • Cells: Sections that form a honeycomb shade.
  • ClearView™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas option that improves the outdoor view for select window treatments.
  • de-Light™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas component for blinds that hides cord holes and diminishes light leakage.
  • End Retention System: Proprietary Louver Shop feature on hurricane shutters that takes away the need for storm bars.
  • IllumiCell™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas light-diffusing feature for Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades.
  • Invisi-Lift™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for shades that floats horizontal vanes on a sheer backing.
  • Louver: Wide horizontal panels in a plantation shutter.
  • MagnaView®: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for select horizontal blinds that almost doubles the view.
  • Polymer: Also called faux or fake wood. A strong choice for rooms with high moisture.
  • PerfectView: Louver Shop of Memphis offers a contemporary operating system for our shutters that hides the traditional tilt bar from view. This offers smooth operation and improved view through the shutter.
  • Slat: Individual strips that are part of a horizontal blind.
  • SofTrak™: Proprietary Hunter Douglas feature for vertical blinds allowing effortless, quiet operation.
  • Tilt Rod: Used on shutters to open or close louvers.
  • Trielle™: Proprietary component for Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades that increases energy efficiency.
  • Vane: Hanging panels in a vertical blind.

Exterior Shutters

Decorative and Operational Exterior Shutters

Bring curb appeal to your home with decorative exterior shutters. Functional shutters have options to defend your home from severe weather and intense sunlight.

  • Bahama Shutters: Tropical-style shutter placed above windows to improve shade and bring in breezes while open. Creates privacy and protection against extreme weather when closed. Made from wood, aluminum or fiberglass.*
  • Board and Batten Shutters: Suited for rustic homes including lake houses and cabins.
    Made from wide vertical planks connected by a horizontal bar known as a batten. Produced in wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.
  • Louvered Shutters: Our customers’ favorite exterior shutter. Brings a classic, colonial touch to any home. Crafted in aluminum, fiberglass, hybrid (composite/wood), vinyl or wood.
  • Raised Panel Shutters: Our second most popular exterior shutter. Regularly used to resist against wind and storms.* Comes in aluminum, composite or vinyl.

Storm and Security Shutters

Louver Shop of Memphis has what you need when it comes to rolling storm and security shutters. Whether you need to protect your home from severe elements. Or safeguard your business against outside intrusion. And some models provide extra insulation, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

  • Rolling Hurricane Shutters: Aluminum and stainless steel rolling shutters connect in place to protect your home from winds up to 230 mph.** Adds shade and insulation on clear days. Stored in a housing box above a window or door until they’re needed. Comes with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverShield™: Rolling hurricane shutters including an extra-small housing space. Withstands winds up to 230 mph, insulates and provides security.
    • LouverStorm™: Rolling hurricane shutters featuring the smallest housing box in the industry. Withstands winds up to 200 mph, keeps out water, insulates and increases security.
  • Rolling Security Shutters: Aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel rolling shutters secure in place to safeguard your home from winds up to 140 mph.** Contained in a housing box above a window or door until they’re used. Available with manual or automatic operating systems.
    • LouverSafe™: Rolling security shutters designed to be subtle and visually pleasing. Made from 60 percent recycled aluminum.
    • LouverTite™: Rolling security shutters that defend against intruders and withstand winds up to 140 mph. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Storm Bahama Shutters: Aluminum Bahama shutters. Created to rapidly help you protect your home from damaging weather.
  • Storm Louvered Shutters: Aluminum louvered shutters. Designed to efficiently help you defend your home from from extreme weather.
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