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

Plantation blinds are a great way to add the elegance of plantation shutters while following a budget.

But what makes them stand out from regular 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 Myrtle Beach design experts. We’ll help you pick the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll tailor them just for your Myrtle Beach home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might imagine mini blinds. This well-liked, budget-friendly blind often 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 easier to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

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

1. Slat Size

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

2. Installation Location

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

3. Operating System

Most plantation blinds are controlled with a cord, but some feature 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. Most popular materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

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

Whichever style you end up with, you’ll get window treatments with superior light control.

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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