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

Plantation blinds are a great way to incorporate the elegance of plantation shutters while keeping to a budget.

But what makes them differ from traditional 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 Maryland design consultants. We’ll help you choose the right window blinds by bringing the showroom to your home. Then we’ll tailor them just for your Baltimore home.


Mini Blinds in a bathroom

Plantation Blinds vs. Mini Blinds

When you hear the word blinds, you might envision mini blinds. This popular, budget-friendly blind typically has one-inch aluminum slats.

Mini blinds are great 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 similar to plantation shutters but have a number of distinct features.

1. Slat Size

Plantation blinds have bigger slats than standard blinds, often as large as 2.5 inches. But their slats are narrower than plantation shutter louvers, which are as wide as 4.5 inches.

2. Installation Location

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

3. Operating System

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

Personalize Your Blinds

Our blinds can be ordered in a selection of slat widths, finishes and materials. Best-selling materials include faux wood and wood blinds.

Not sure which type you should select? Real wood blinds are great for rooms with little humidity, such as bedrooms or living spaces. Polymer blinds are moisture resistant, making them a good option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Whichever style you want, you’ll have window treatments with great light control.

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

Everwood Blinds in a kitchen

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