I have said before, that some things I can DIY and make cheap things into amazing things, and some things I just have to bite the bullet and pay for it. They are ‘spensive! For me, they are even worth the price if you have to save up for a year to get them.
Here are 12 reasons that I El. Oh. Vee. Ee. my plantation shutters.
- Light! They let in more light than other window coverings, because the slats are wide. And if you open them up, they let all the light possible in!
- Dark! My babies sleep so well during the day because if they are closed, their rooms get really dark. These are great for naps!
- No cords or strings to tangle! Yay!
- No lopsided blinds- Hooray!
- Windows look dressed, even if you don’t have window treatments- I am still working on some window treatments, but I have some that I won’t do anything with and they still look great!
- Energy efficiency! They keep out the heat/cold. If you keep them shut (which I seldom do) they keep a lot of the hot or cold out, only decreasing your utility bills
- Shutters increase your home value
- They don’t warp or bend (as long as you don’t get the heavy ones!)
- When the windows are open, the wind doesn’t blow blinds all over the place
- They look really fancy from the outside and dress your home up
- Nice clean trim around the windows
- And how could I forget- They are SOOO easy to clean!
The Cons to Plantation Shutters:
- Expense- I will tell you that it cost about $4,000 for 12 windows (4 of those are double windows and that includes install.) Yikes. I almost had to sell a kid. They are more than double the price of a nice set of blinds.
- You leave them when you move! These are built in, and you leave them if you move. It is a big expense for a home, if it is temporary.
- I am not in love with the ones that are made for glass doors- they are big and bulky and we are trying to find a different solution for that area.
Ok- that list is a bit lopsided. So, I guess you know how I feel about plantation shutters! For me, they are worth the long term investment and the expense. We planned when we bought the house for a “shutter fund” and we made sacrifices in other areas to make it happen. And both my husband and I have mentioned a million times that it was well worth it.
I am going to add a really fabulous picture of my plantation shutters as soon as our office makeover is complete! I can’t take a picture because we have a quarter inch of sheet rock dust on everything, and more sanding to do tonight! I will post an updated picture in a week.