The Shutter Shop is dedicated to interior plantation shutters using only the highest in quality materials, from MDF shutters, to wooden shutters and plastic shutters. We offer our customers the most comprehensive range of shutter styles and options available in the UK. Quality and choice is the product paramount for our customers. Our free measurement service is an additional bonus: your new plantation shutters, professionally measured and installed, will fit perfectly to your windows. Or you can calculate an estimate using our cost calculator. You will be surprised how affordable made to measure shutters can be!
We have 7 ranges to choose from with a choice of materials catering for any budget and preference including MDF, hardwood and white teak. Have a look at our list to find out more. Our styles are available in any material.
Wooden Shutters look great in colours or stains. As well as our own standard colour palette, we can match any colour with our custom colour service including Dulux Trade, RAL, Paint & Paper Library, Fired Earth and Little Greene colours.
Why Installing Plantation Shutters?
Shutters are a perfect window treatment: elegant, stylish, easy to install and durable. Adding shutters to a room can enhance its appearance and add value to your home.
Privacy is often the initial reason to install shutters: create a barrier to the outside world, but keeping a control on the amount of light that can enter your rooms. A "split louvre" is a perfect solution in case of ground floor rooms, because you can keep the lower part shut, ensuring maximum privacy, and adjust the louvre opening only in the upper part of the window, to allow maximum lights.
Energy saving is another great advantage of using interior shutters, because they help reducing the quantity of heath that can escape through the window. In oarticular, wooden shutters ensure an even higher degree of insulation, due to the natural insulating properties of wood.
Superior aesthetic is also a valid reason to prefer shutters to other window treatments. Plantation shutters can easily match wall colours and interior decor, creating great combinations. Wooden shutters are also available in a wide range of paint colours and staines.
Last, but not least, easy to clean and virtually maintenance free! Our shutters are guaranteed from 3 uo to 5 years, depending on the shutter range chosen.
For further information on our range of plantation shutters, you can download a pdf version of our brochure, or you can contact us to request a printed brochure.
What are plantation shutters and why are they called this?
Originally, plantation shutters were louvred shutters that were installed on the windows of large mansions in the southern American states, where plantations of cotton, sugar or tobacco were very common. The louvred shutters became a standard feature of those properties, because large and heavy curtains were not an ideal solution for a highly humid climate.
Although in the UK the weather is quite different, plantation shutters have become very popular here too, because they provide many advantages compared to other window dressing like roller blinds, Venetian blinds or curtains. They are also stylish, and can fit well both in modern rooms and in very traditional ones. You can browse our shutter gallery to see how many variations of styles, shapes and colours are available!
What is the difference between traditional shutters and plantation shutters?
The main difference is that plantation shutters are louvered shutters, and the adjustable slats allow the light through the windows, as with Venetian blinds.
Traditional shutters are usually solid shutters, and their main purpose is to block out the light completely and to add security to a window, but they do not allow the regulation of the amount of light entering the room
Plantation shutters or plantation blinds?
In theory, plantation shutters and plantation blinds should be two different products, where the common feature is the presence of slats (or louvres). “Plantation”, in this case, would be the word identifying this feature.
In reality, they are nowadays used as synonyms, while the term “Venetian Blinds” are now used to identify the slatted blinds. At the Shutter Shop we supply both types!
What are plantation shutters made of?
The most commonly used materials are MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), wood and plastics. MDF is a man-made material, that derives from recycled wood fibres pressed with resin. The great advantage of MDF is that it stands better humidity and heat changes compared to wood. It is also a much more affordable material, and for this reason our ranges of MDF shutters (Antigua and Bermuda) are extremely popular among our clients.
For our wooden shutters, we use natural wood obtained from sustainable sources, like basswood, paulownia and – for our top quality Samoa range. Wooden shutters show more of the natural grain of woods, and they become a perfect choice with stain colours. If you want to learn more about the different qualities of MDF and wooden shutters, you can read our blog post "MDF or Wooden Shutters?". We also use ABS, for waterproof shutters, that are used in high humidity rooms like bathroom or kitchen. Our 100 % waterproof Java range belongs to this category.
What do plantation shutters cost?
The cost is based on product range and the surface area that the shutters will cover. The easiest way to answer this question is to direct you to our online shutter cost calculator, where you can have a rough estimate of the cost of the various shutter ranges. The costs are based on a DIY installation. For a complete supply and fit service, you can contact us for a free survey, so we can take the measurements and send you a an accurate quotation with a full breakdown of costs.
Which plantation shutters are best?
The simplest answer is the plantation shutters that best match your home, your specific requirements and of course personal preference! Wooden shutters would be ideal if you want a particular colour or stain, but they would not be ideal in rooms like bathrooms!
Are plantation shutters in style?
We are not the best people to ask this, because our answer would be clearly a strong YES! However, you can see many interior design blogs, or specialised websites where plantation shutters are often suggested as ideal window treatment.
Here some examples:
More info on The Shutter Shop
For over 30 years the Shutter Shop has been supplying high quality shutters in London and beyond. You can read something more about the Shutter Shop's story in this interview, published on the Chelsea Design Quarter website.
Our shutters can be purchased directly online, here on our website. This is an ideal solution for DIY enthusiasts. But if you prefer to rely on our experience in measuring and fitting, you can book a free survey and one of our surveyors will come to your home to measure your windows and to provide you with the necessary information. No pushy salesmen, but honest and professional advice. In particular, if you have bay windows or specially shaped windows, our bespoke shutters will ensure a perfect fit.
If you are looking for more inspiration, you can also take a look at our gallery, where you can find fine examples of recent installations, in any window shape and room type.
You can rely on The Shutter Shop: high quality, competitive price and an unparalleled customer service.