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

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

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

Find out more below or request a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of Raleigh design experts. We’ll help you pick the best window blinds by bringing the showroom to your living room. Then we’ll customize them just for your Raleigh 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 blind often has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds work well in busy areas with a lot of foot traffic, since they’re easy to care for. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even easier to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

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

1. Slat Thickness

Plantation blinds have larger slats than standard blinds, sometimes as large as 2.5 inches. But their slats are narrower than plantation shutter louvers, which are as big as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Spot

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

3. Operating System

The majority of plantation blinds are raised with a cord, but some include a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Design Your Blinds

Our blinds are available in a selection of slat sizes, finishes and materials. Best-selling materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

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

Whichever style you end up with, you’ll receive 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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