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

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

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

Discover more below or request a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop of San Antonio design consultants. We’ll help you choose the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll customize them just for your San Antonio home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think about blinds, you might imagine mini blinds. This popular, budget-friendly window treatment typically has one-inch aluminum slats.

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

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds are similar to plantation shutters but have several distinguishing features.

1. Slat Size

Plantation blinds have wider slats than traditional blinds, sometimes as big as 2.5 inches. But their slats are skinnier 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 installed inside the window opening.

3. Operating System

The majority of plantation blinds are raised 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 thicknesses, finishes and materials. Highly desirable materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which material to choose? Real wood blinds are best for rooms with not a lot of humidity, like bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a great selection for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you want, you’ll get 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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