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

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

But what makes them different from standard blinds, like horizontal blinds or mini blinds? Or plantation shutters?

Discover more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop design experts. We’ll help you select the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll make them just for your Louisville home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might envision mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly window treatment typically has one-inch aluminum slats.

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

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds look like plantation shutters but have a handful of distinguishing features.

1. Slat Width

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

2. Installation Area

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

3. Operating System

Many plantation blinds are raised with a cord, but some feature 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. Highly desirable materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which material you should get? Real wood blinds are great for rooms with low humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a good selection for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

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

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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