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

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

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

Learn more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Knoxville design experts. We’ll help you pick the best window blinds by bringing the showroom to you. Then we’ll customize them just for your Knoxville home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This best-selling, budget-friendly window covering typically has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds are ideal for busy areas with heavy foot traffic, since they’re easy to maintain. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even smoother to lower.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look similar to plantation shutters but have a number of distinguishing features.

1. Slat Width

Plantation blinds have larger slats than traditional blinds, often as big as 2.5 inches. But their slats are narrower than plantation shutter louvers, which are as wide as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Area

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

3. Operating System

Most plantation blinds lower with a cord, but some have a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Personalize Your Blinds

Our blinds come in many different slat widths, finishes and materials. Best-selling options include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which type to choose? Real wood blinds are best for rooms with little humidity, such as bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a great selection for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you end up with, you’ll have window treatments with greater light control.

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

Begin Planning Your Plantation Blinds Today

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