Plantation shutters are becoming a popular, effective way to add a new, elegant look to your home. They are both functional and attractive.
Traditional plantation shutters have a rather simple design. Plantation shutters typically are made up of a set of full-length vertical panels, and can be divided into four main parts:
The horizontal slats found on the top and bottom of the shutter are referred to as the ‘rails.’ Some plantation shutters may also contain one or more horizontal rails in the center of the screen, dividing the plantation shutter into separate tiers.
Located on the sides of the shutter are vertical ‘stiles’.
‘Louvers’ are the parallel slats found between the stiles, which can be tilted and adjusted to allow in more or less light. Louvers can be made in several various sizes and shapes.
The ’tilt rod’ is the mechanism that controls the movement of the louvers. These also come in a variety of styles.
Single tilt rods are one continuous, vertical rod connecting and controlling all the louvers simultaneously.
A split tilt rod is precisely that: a tilt rod split into individual pieces. This allows separate control of several tiers found on one shutter panel, for example, adjusting the top layer to let in more light, while keeping a lower tier’s louvers closed, for privacy.
Hidden tilt rods allow the apparatus to be discreetly concealed behind the shutter panel.
Where did plantation shutters come from?
Shutters have been used for many, many centuries. Some experts claim that they were used as far back as ancient Greece, with slats being made from marble slabs. They were used before the glass was available to protect from the elements, such as rain, wind, and direct heat from the sun’s rays. They also adequately guarded against insects and small animals entering the building. The real function of the shutters was appreciated when these elements and pests passed, and the curtains could be opened, allowing for fresh sunlight and a cool breeze to ventilate the establishment.
Many old Southern homes found the beauty and practicality of these shutters, incorporating them into the design of the decadent mansions found on plantations in the Old South. The term ‘plantation shutter’ was derived from these applications. These shutters have seen remarkably few modifications since these early times.
Modern plantation shutters
Today, plantation shutters come in a vast array of sizes, styles, and materials. They can be found throughout the globe, in every form of home. Most are made of hardwoods such as poplar or bass and can have several finishes to add architectural allure to residential and commercial properties. Plantation shutters made of precious woods such as cherry, oak, mahogany, or walnut are beautiful.
Plantation shutters can be used individually or linked together to cover several windows or one large one. Many manufacturers of plantation shutters allow you to have custom shutters built to your specifications to add a unique look to your home and make a design statement.
Today’s plantation shutters still offer the many practicalities that previous generations found so useful. Plantation shutters are fully adjustable to allow for more or less light, provide privacy, and can even have insulation benefits.
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