Custom Plantation Shutters Design & Installation

3 Blind Mice Window Coverings has a large selection of plantation shutters to fit every taste and price range. If you’ve been dreaming about stylish window treatments for your home, custom shutters might be just the thing you are looking for.

3 Blind Mice Window Coverings has a large selection of indoor window shutters to fit every taste and price range.  If you’ve been dreaming about stylish window treatments for your home, custom shutters might be just the thing you are looking for. To view photos and design ideas for your home, choose the type of shutters you are interested in from the galleries below.

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Arched & Bay Window Shutters
Arched windows and Bay Windows always add an elegant touch to your home’s décor that can be appreciated for providing great views from inside and “curb appeal” from outside. When driving around California residential areas, you can see many homes have these beautiful arched windows.
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Custom Faux Wood Shutters
Faux wood shutters are constructed from synthetic polymers or PVC. This wood composite shutter style is heavier than real wood shutters, but they are also extremely durable, which is a beautiful advantage.
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Custom Sliding Glass & French Door Shutters
Plantation shutters may not seem like the first option; however, sliding door shutters offer a perfect solution to cover your sliding glass and patio door. A great window treatment option brings the room a luxurious feel while matching the rest of the shutters throughout your home.
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Custom Wood Shutters
Genuine wood shutters are an elegant treatment available in a variety of hardwood, including oak, maple, cherry, basswood, aspen, or poplar, and can be custom stained to match your home’s decor.

Things to Consider

One of the best things about custom plantation shutters is that the different options you can choose from come in all kinds of price categories, assuring that even a modest budget can afford the sophisticated look.

While there are pros and cons to each variety, genuine wood plantation shutters offer you the most flexibility when designing custom shutters because the wood can be custom stained with any finishes or cut to fit any size.

Vinyl is less expensive than real or faux wood and is especially suitable for high moisture areas like laundry rooms and bathrooms. Composite shutters are a right middle of the road product that will give you the look of real wood at a cost closer to vinyl, and while they are not as good as vinyl in high moisture areas, they are better than wood.

All types of custom shutters are available in natural wood tones, stained or painted variations allowing you to pick a style and design that will seamlessly flow with your home’s interior design. Besides being durable, functional, and easy to use, one of their unique features is the appeal and styles they add to your home, whether you prefer traditional versus contemporary or somewhere in between.

  • Louvers size range from 1 7/8″ and go all the way up to 5 1/2″
  • Frame types from simple bullnose to detailed molding
  • Hinge types from surface-mounted hinges to a higher-end hinge, which is a motorized hinge
  • Hinge colors ranging from silver, powder-coated, painted, antique brass, bronze oil rubbed, or even brass, to name a few
  • Tilt options from a standard tilt rod to a hidden tilt rod, otherwise know as “Clearview”
  • Header options from a simple “mouse hole” – no pun intended - to a liberty arch cutout
  • Colors and stains – if you think it, we can color it; we match any paint and any stain out there
  • Panel configurations – there are many ways to configure your panels from cafe style to double-hung, to bypass to bifold; there are a large number of arrangements that best suit your needs.

Interior shutters are an excellent treatment idea for families with small children because they do not have any dangling cords or strings that children can get tangled up in. Some of our plantation shutters have eliminated the tilt bar while still giving you full tilt control. In addition to shutters, we provide a variety of cordless and child-friendly window treatments as well as motorized window coverings that will eliminate hazardous pull cords from your home and give you one less thing to worry about!

Plantation shutters feature wider louvers that allow more light into the room are usually hinged on the outside of the window frame and swing open to allow access to the window or to allow light in. Operable slats can be adjusted for light control, airflow, or privacy concerns. They are also available in multiple tears allowing tilt control for half of the window to have the slats open while the other half remains closed, giving you even more control over light and privacy.

We love working on uniquely shaped windows such as circular, half-circle, oval, arched, or cathedral style. Our designers will provide you with many options to custom fit any shape or size and stained to match any home’s existing decor during the in-home consultation.

Are window shutters energy efficient?

Both interior shutters and exterior shutters are energy-efficient treatments and can prevent heat loss in the cold winter and reduce heat gain during hot summer weather. Shutters made from solid materials are the most effective at saving on energy costs.

Do window shutters add value to a home?

Shutters are installed directly into your onto your doorways or window openings making the treatment a permanent fixture in your home. These types of treatments are appraised as a valuable addition to your home which translates directly to your home's assessed value.

How much do custom shutters cost?

Prices for custom shutters largely depend on the window dimensions and shutter materials.  For long-lasting, custom shutters, you are better off working with a specialty store.  With 3 Blind Mice, you can expect to spend from $XX to $XX per square ft. for wood shutters while faux wood or composite can range anywhere from $xx to $xx per square ft.

Do window shutters add value to a home? Shutters are installed directly into your doorways or window openings, making the treatment a permanent fixture in your home. These types of treatment upgrades are appraised as a valuable addition to your home, which translates directly to your home's assessed value. An excellent investment that helps you save on energy bills!

Are window shutters energy efficient? - Both exterior and interior shutters are energy-efficient treatments and can prevent heat loss in the cold winter and reduce heat gain during hot summer weather. Shutters made from solid materials are the most effective at saving on energy costs.

Plantation shutters are a perfect addition to French doors—they look great and give you lots of options for controlling your light levels and in-home privacy. Depending on the width of your shutters and the design of your French doors, you may need a door handle cut out to accommodate lever-style door handles.

Yes! Plantation shutters are a safe and easy-to-use covering for sliding doors that can be customized to match the rest of your window coverings. Unlike with shutters for windows, which are usually mounted to the left or right side of the window, shutters for sliding glass doors are installed in a track above the doors that allow them to slide open like an accordion. This provides you with full access to open and close the sliding door without the shutters in the way.

The front door of your home can be a statement or a seamless part of your overall décor. No design rule says which is best. Real wood shutters can be a beautiful pairing with a matching wood front door, but a bright pop of color on the front door can provide an excellent contrast with neutral or white shutters.

Begin on the left-hand side of your bay window and measure the width of each section, noting the width of each individually as well as the total width of the window. For example, if you have a multi-angle bay window with 3 panels, your width might measure 24” for the left panel, 48” for the center panel, and 24” for the right panel—with a total width of 96”. For the height, measure from the sill of each window to the top of the window. Record each measurement to the nearest 1/8” and round down to the nearest 1/8” if you land on a 1/16”.

Yes! Shutters make a great window covering for bay windows, and it might be easier than you think. If you’ve struggled with attaching blinds to your angled bay window or are tired of covering it up with curtains, shutters can be the perfect solution. They can be custom-built to fit your bay window’s exact dimensions for a fit that looks great and gives you total control over light, visibility, and privacy in your bay window.

When you measure your arched windows for shutters, make sure to record your width and height measurements, recording to the nearest 1/8” (and rounding down to the nearest 1/8” if you land on a 1/16”). To measure the width, use a steel measuring tape to measure the widest point at the bottom of the arched window. To measure the height, measure from the very center of the bottom up to the arch’s tallest point. If your arched windows have legs (straight sides that end in a curved arch at the top), you’ll need to measure the height of the right and left legs in addition to the middle of the arch.

Unlike wood shutters, composite shutters can be installed in high-humidity rooms like bathrooms and kitchens without fear of warping. They are available in a wide array of colors to match any décor and can be anywhere from 30-60% cheaper than real wood shutters, making them the more affordable option.

Anywhere from 10 to 25 years is a typical lifespan for interior vinyl shutters. During these decades, homeowners benefit from the minimal care required: just a light dusting now and then is usually enough to keep your shutters in good condition! Composite shutters are UV resistant, so they hold up to direct sunlight for a long time. Plus, they’re not harmed by steam or humidity.

Composite or faux wood shutters are more affordable than 100% wood shutters. The price varies based on the materials and the size of your windows and can cost between $75 and $250 per window.

Composite shutters, sometimes called faux wood shutters, are usually made of engineered wood wrapped in a PVC or vinyl coating. Engineered wood or “composite wood” is produced by fixing wood strands or fibers with a binding agent to form the shutters’ slats. Because of the vinyl coating, composite shutters are durable and easy to clean. They can also be ordered with a wood grain appearance or in a wide range of colors.

Faux wood shutters are extremely easy to clean and maintain. Dusting the slats regularly with a dry microfiber cloth is usually as much as they need. If a deeper clean is in order, you can wipe them with a damp cloth and warm water with a little mild detergent. Ensure you know what your shutters are made of, as it can be harmful to clean real wood shutters with water.

Many factors impact the lifespan of wood shutters, including environmental humidity and how you care for them. However, with proper installation and regular cleaning, you can expect your real wood shutters to last 10 to 20 years, or even longer. For some homeowners, this lifespan exceeds the time you own the home—and, as a bonus, plantation shutters are a unique selling point that can add to your home’s sale price.

If you love the warm, glowing look of sunlight illuminating real wood, then true wood shutters are hard to beat. While there are some very good faux wood shutters on the market, nothing provides the classic and enduring beauty of true hardwood. Wood shutters are not a good fit for every room in the home. The wood is susceptible to warping and cracking with excessive humidity, so vinyl shutters are a better choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

Basswood, a type of hardwood grown in the northern United States, is the best wood for shutters. Basswood is lightweight yet durable and does not warp, something very important to ensure your shutters look and function great for many years. It has an exceptionally uniform texture and easily accepts stain to match every interior. Basswood is a renewable resource harvested at only half the rate it is grown, ensuring responsible forestation.

Fabric curtains have long been known for their ability to help block unwanted noise from outside your home, but wooden shutters are also the right choice. The wood used in the slats is suitable for sound absorption because of the small air spaces found naturally within the grain. These air spaces trap sound and stop it from coming into your home (or at least reduce the level). Another factor is the wood grain direction. Wood conducts sound along the grain, and since shutter slats are usually made with the wood grain running parallel to the window, this means that sounds from outside your home are coming at a perpendicular angle – allowing for maximum sound absorption and leaving you with a quiet, peaceful home.

Due to the thickness of plantation shutter slats, these window coverings are an excellent room darkening option. Fully closed shutters can block nearly all of the light from outside and usually do a better job than just blinds or shades alone. For a total blackout effect, consider layering a lined curtain over the shutters to stop any light from getting in around the edges of the coverings.

Both real wood and faux wood composite shutters require regular dusting. Use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe down each slat on all sides gently. Real wood shutters can be cleaned once every month with a little furniture polish to give them a little glow and keep their natural grain visible. It’s crucial never to clean real wood shutters with water, as over time, this can degrade the wood, causing it to warp and crack. However, faux wood or composite shutters are adequate to clean with a damp cloth and warm water with a mild detergent as needed.

First, decide if you want shutters mounted inside the window frame (contained in the window casing) or mounted outside on the window frame or wall (exceeding the windows themselves’ width and height). For the inside mount, measure first the width, then the height of all windows, and note which is which—it’s easy to lose track after measuring lots of windows! Don’t assume two windows will have the same measurements, even if they appear to be the same size. Measure to the nearest 1/8” of the inch, rounding down if the size is on a 1/16”. Because you don’t want the shutters to catch or stick anywhere, it is useful to measure the width and the height at three different locations (for example, measure the width at the top, middle, and bottom of the window). Use the smallest of the three measurements for the width. For outside mount, you can choose almost any size as long as it is large enough to provide adequate coverage. Check your shutters’ mounting requirements to ensure you include enough space on the wall or window trim for all the hardware to fit within. It is a good idea to allow the shutters to extend beyond the windows on the top, bottom, and both sides to block the most light. Take into account any protruding sills and trim when measuring for outside mount plantation shutters.

Plantation shutters are some of the longest-lasting window treatments. Their classic look and durable materials can make them a lifetime window treatment. While costs vary based on materials, a general price range is $20-45 per square foot. Composite or faux wood shutters are on the lower end of the price range and can cost between $75 and $250 per window, depending on size. Real wood shutters can run between $200 - $350 per window.