What Kind of Plantation Shutters are Best for Me

You decided to upgrade your current window coverings to plantation shutters, but don’t know which style is best for your home? Shutters offer the flexibility of natural light and privacy, and at Shenandoah Shutters, we offer an array of styles that will suit your home along with customization options to suit your needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the different styles so you can learn more about them.


Considered the “grandfather” of plantation shutters, traditional or full-height shutters have been around for hundreds of years, believed to have originated in Ancient Greece to aid in controlling the elements. This style is what usually comes to mind when people are considering a shutter purchase. Traditional shutters involve one set of panels that go from the bottom to the top of a window, allowing you to complete coverage and control over the amount of sunlight and privacy in a room. This style is ideal for bedrooms and living spaces, where you have the ability to adjust the shutters to your preference throughout the day.

We offer multiple tilt rod options, which is a mechanism that controls the movement of the louvers. Traditionally tilt rods are placed in the center of the panel for simultaneous movement of each louver. We do offer divider rails which creates a separation to the upper and lower sets of louvers to allow independent movement as well as split tilt rods for the same independent control as the divider rail without the included “rail” that separates the tiers. If you want a continuous, contemporary look, plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods are also available.

Café Style Shutters

Café shutters only cover the lower portion of the window, leaving the top of the window exposed for sunlight to enter. This style allows you to still have that classic aesthetic that plantation shutters offer to home décor without restricting the entirety of your window – ideal for kitchens and home offices when you want some privacy but still plenty of natural light. You can select where the top portion of these shutters ends, whether at a window pan for a natural appearance or to the desired height of your choice. We offer a variety of options for café style including tilt rod, louver size and shape, and finishes so you can customize this design for each room in your home.

Specialty Plantation Shutters

At Shenandoah Shutters, we have an expert design team on staff to create shutters that will fit any unique window. Windows are the focal point of many rooms and we pride ourselves in meeting any specialty installations you might need for today’s ever-changing window styles. We offer innovative installation design that uses magnets instead of traditional hinging so whether it is fabric window treatments, slant-top windows, or a specific type of hardwood – our staff will design and craft plantation shutters that enhance the interior of your home for flexibility and privacy.

Our patented Softedge™ shutters offer a beautiful sculptured edge that blends the shutters into your window molding to create a seamless and softened finish. Give us a call today at 1-800-733-1549 to learn more or come by our workshop to speak to one of our sales consultants!