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Honeycomb Shades vs. Plantation Shutters: Whats Best for My Home?

The right window treatments can do more than merely make your residence look gorgeous. They’re also a great way to block bright sunlight and improve energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s important to know the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your residence.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a soft shade. These shades get their name from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that trap air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you select, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them block high temps during the summer and cold during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a top option. That’s because they’re also highly customizable, from fabric to colors and operating systems. With as many as six layers of fabric and five insulating air pockets, Duette® Honeycomb Shades are the most energy-efficient honeycomb window shades on the market.

Make your home comfier by choosing options for your Duette shades including:

  • LightLock™, which provides complete room darkening, turning your window treatments into blackout honeycomb shades.
  • Duolite®, which includes an all-in-one light-diffusing sheer and room-darkening panel.
  • IllumiCell™, which diffuses sunlight to highlight fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% higher energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the biggest pleat size.

If you’re seeking a economical option, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These sought-after shades have triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your house more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little light as you desire. And like Duette, they come in a complete collection of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to give extra safety to households with little children and pets. For the ultimate in simple operation, there’s PowerView®. With just some minor taps on your phone, you can raise, lower or schedule your shades to move.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters have thick louvers and are placed inside the window frame. Some kinds are managed with a tilt bar while others conceal the bar from your vision. The best plantation shutters are made from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re known as the number one standard for window treatments due to their lasting style, excellent light control and exceptional energy efficiency.

There are three main styles of shutters: wood plantation shutters, faux wood plantation shutters, and a hybrid with wood frames and polymer louvers.

Wood shutters are the most classic type. Louver Shop of San Antonio manufactures ours from high-quality American hardwoods. As a result, they’re extremely sturdy and lightweight. This makes them a fantastic option for big windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are made from a solid proprietary polymer that stands up to intense weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a great option for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or a lot of sunshine, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also feature:

  • Customization options, from color to louver width and frame kind.
  • Heavy-duty, nontoxic paints and stains that are all right for your family and the environment.
  • A guarantee against cracking, peeling, fading and discoloring.
  • Heavy-duty staples and our patented DuraGlide™ Tensioning System that’s guaranteed to keep louvers in line.
  • Quality, made in the USA construction that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Best for My Residence?

Whether you select honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of San Antonio, both are made just for your home. Here are a few other things to think about that can help you make a decision. We’ll also go over your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can look at product samples from the comfort of your couch.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s important to be aware that they’re designed to last for many years.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters offer excellent light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades can be customized in sheer fabrics so you can still have a view of outside.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile and can be placed just about anywhere in your home, including on specialty windows, skylights and sliding glass doors.

The same goes for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to consider material. Wood works best for dry, cool areas while polymer is naturally able to take on intense sun and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, like French doors.


Are you seeking eye-catching colors or timeless neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the widest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both best-selling styles.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades offer the most operating systems, such as no cords and smart. But while shades can only operate up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters to the side with bypass or bifold frames.

Create the Right Window Treatments for Your Home with Louver Shop of San Antonio

With our free, knowledgeable recommendations, your house can look just like you imagined it. Start planning your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by giving us a call at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now.

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