Using Shutters as Window Coverings? Here are The Pros and Cons

Indoor plantation window shutters are exceptionally beautiful window coverings that are classic and timeless and they never go out of style. They give any space in your home or business an instant upgrade. If you’re wondering if this is the right choice for your windows, read on to find out more about the pros and cons.

Pros of Window Shutters

There are several pros to buying indoor plantation shutters such as:

  • Aesthetics
  • Increase the Value of Your Home
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Durability
  • Light Control



Window shutters are generally made of either hardwood or faux wood, both of which look identical to each other with stunning patterns in their wood grain. To make shutters even more beautiful, the color of stain or paint you choose for them highlights the distinctive whorls and swirls in the wood grain to accent them. Shutters give you a nice clean appearance, and you can use them as a stand-alone window treatment, or you can use them as the first layer in layered window treatments and add beautiful custom drapery panels to them or decorative side panels.

Increase The Value of Your Home

Indoor plantation shutters increase the value of your home because they are considered permanent window coverings that would be included in the sale of your home. Their beauty is unsurpassed and they can pay for themselves when you have them installed in a home that you are going to sell sometime in the foreseeable future.

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Easy to Maintain

The maintenance of shutters is very simple. With a quick swipe, you only need to use a feather duster or similar tool to dust between the louvers on the shutters. Hardwood and faux wood resist stains and this makes them easier to clean than fabric draperies, shades, or blinds of any type. You can occasionally give them a quick cleaning with a microfiber cloth and some furniture polish to keep them shining and bright.


This type of window covering is very durable and shutters usually carry a lifetime warranty because of it. Hardwood is heavy and thick to be long-lasting and faux wood is manufactured to resist, cracking, bending, or breaking. Faux wood also holds up exceptionally well in humid areas, such as laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Light Control

Window Shutters give you better light control than some other window covering options. You can swing the shutters out to the sides of the window for an unobstructed view outdoors and let in sunshine. If you close the shutters and the louvers, you will have great privacy and shut out all the light, heat, and glare from the sun. Otherwise, you can tilt the louvers to have filtered light in your spaces and still see outside.

Cons of  Window Shutters

As with all products, there are always some cons to go with the pros, and knowing them helps you so you can make an informed decision on your new window treatments.


  • Expensive
  • Replacement Difficulties
  • Limited Visibility From the Inside



Plantation shutters are one of the most expensive options in window coverings, but they also last for a lifetime. The hardwood shutters are made from premium woods that are more expensive than fabric options. You can choose faux wood instead, which gives you all the same features and beauty at a lower price point.

Replacement Difficulties

If the unexpected happens and you have a broken shutter panel or shutter, you will not be able to fix it on your own. Instead, you will need to contact the company you bought them from and have them make repairs for you. When you choose custom shutters, they will be made in the styles and variations that you choose, and that company will be able to match any repairs so they blend in with the shutters and look new again.

Limited Visibility From The Inside

When you have your shutters closed and you tilt the louvers to let filtered light into your spaces, you will have a somewhat obstructed view outside of your windows. You are able to see the louvers that run horizontally across the windows. Choosing the widest louvers possible for your windows means fewer of them per window for better visibility.

About The Company Mill Creek Shutters

At Mill Creek Shutters, we are your premier company for plantation shutters in Utah. We have been custom-building beautiful shutters for over 10 years to beautify homes and businesses. We are the industry experts for shutters in Utah, and we specialize in unique designs to make your home shine! Contact us today for more information on custom shutters and for a FREE estimate and consultation.

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