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

Plantation blinds are a fantastic way to add the style of plantation shutters while following a budget.

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

Discover more below or ask for a free, in-home consultation with one of our Louver Shop design specialists. We’ll help you pick the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll tailor them just for your home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you think about blinds, you might picture mini blinds. This popular, budget-friendly window covering usually has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds are ideal for busy areas with a lot of foot traffic, since they’re easy to maintain. And cordless blinds styles from Hunter Douglas are even quicker to use.

Plantation shutters

Plantation Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters

Plantation blinds are similar to plantation shutters but have a number of unique features.

1. Slat Width

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

2. Installation Area

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

3. Operating System

Many plantation blinds are raised with a cord, but some have a cordless lift system, like our custom blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Design Your Blinds

Our blinds come in a variety of slat thicknesses, finishes and materials. Most popular materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which kind you should select? Real wood blinds are great for rooms with little humidity, including bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you choose, 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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