3 Things to Consider When Buying Plantation Shutters for Arched Windows

If you need plantation shutters for arched windows, the process can seem daunting at first. But once you know what to look for, it’s not so tough. Learn more about these things to consider and how they can help improve your home’s curb appeal and energy efficiency in this article. 

Why Should You Choose Plantation Shutters for Arched Windows 

The arched window can be a tricky one to cover. Window treatments don’t work well because they leave the curved shape exposed. Even if your window treatments are closed, outside light and sun glare can still stream in through the arch. You could install some drapery from the ceiling to the floor, but then you lose the beauty of the arch when you draw the curtains closed.

plantation shutters arched window

A common concern with arched windows is how to block them. Luckily, there is a solution. Custom-made and louvered shutters can fit any shape, even arch-shaped windows. You can get privacy from your arched windows as well as light control. Plus, with the variety of styles in shutters, you can add some interest to your home’s exterior and interior.

Plantation shutters can be made to fit your unique openings

Plantation shutters can cover every inch of the recess compared to curtains and blinds, making for a perfect fit that leaves no gaps. Plantation shutters are designed to fit any size or shape, including specialty shapes such as, but not limited to Arches, Eyebrows, French Door Cutouts, Hexagons, Liberty Arches, Slant Tops, Sunbursts, Rakes, and Ovals/Octagons.

Plantation shutters add complete privacy and light control

Plantation shutters are perfect for any room. They provide privacy and light control so you can enjoy natural light without the dangers of peeking neighbors or uninvited guests. Plantation shutters also allow you to control the amount of light depending on the mood or time of day. You can let light in during the day and block out the sun during a nap.

Plantation shutters are energy efficient for arched windows

Plantation shutters are a great option for homeowners who are looking for an energy-efficient way to improve their homes. Plantation shutters are installed so tightly against the window frame that they seal off the opening to keep inside air from escaping and outside air from entering your home.

Know Your Custom Shutter Options for Arched Windows 

Plantation shutters are designed to complement your home by fitting and looking great on any window shape. They can be designed and installed for windows of all shapes and sizes. Whether you have arched or circular windows, or something in between, plantation shutters are here to fit your personal preferences.

Shutter Styles

Plantation shutters are a great option for covering windows or doors. You can customize your decision with the help of a range of styles. There are two options when covering arched windows with plantation shutters.

Fully framed arched shutters

The most popular choice is a fully framed arched plantation shutter. Fully framed arches make a room pop and are a great conversation piece. Besides being visually appealing, they are also a space saver. Rather than taking up floor or wall space, the windowsills become a beautiful part of the décor.

Fully framed arched shutters

Standard square shutters and arched top

Your second option for window shutters is to install a sunburst or fixed arch on the exterior of your window frame, and standard square plantation shutters on the inside. It’s usually a little less expensive than a fully framed shutter, but it still provides ample protection from light and weather.

An Important Consideration

Square and arched shutters are both stylish options for your home. However, if you want fully framed arched shutters over square ones, they are typically more expensive because they are handmade by only the best craftsmen in the factory. It means that they take longer to build than traditional square shutters and may take longer to install as well. So plan accordingly.

Shutter Materials

Choose from a wide selection of handcrafted hardwood or composite shutters to find the perfect style to fit your home and add a timeless element of warmth. These plantation shutters can create a dramatic statement for years to come!

Real Wood Plantation Shutters

If you want a sophisticated and unique look for your window treatment, go for real wood shutters. They come in different types of wood, but the lighter-weight poplar, pine, and paulownia woods are less expensive than the darker woods, like ash wood, basswood, maple, and cherry. They match any interior decor beautifully when custom-stained to your specifications.

Not sure what kind of wood to get? Here are the five most popular wood species used in shutters.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood plantation shutters are more substantial than real-wood ones, and they’re also more durable. Faux wood plantation shutters are made from synthetic polymers or PVC and are more stable than real wood. Not only will these shutters resist peeling, cracking, chipping, and yellowing, but they are also resistant to high-moisture areas.

Shutter Colors

Plantation shutters come in various colors, and you can have a custom color service to easily match your shutters to popular paint brands and make your shutters fully personalized. The following colors are the most common, but you should pick out your shutters based on the colors that best fit your home.

White plantation shutters allow the homeowner to use color elsewhere.

That’s right – white plantation shutters actually work well with color schemes of all varieties. You can use them to accent colors in your room, or go for simpler, more minimalist designs that will make the shutters themselves pop. Besides being versatile and stylish, white plantation shutters are also built to last, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them when you redecorate.

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White Plantation Shutters

Natural wood colors can make for some beautiful accent pieces.

Wood stains can bring the room a more natural feeling. They can accentuate some styles and be the perfect window treatment if you are matching your plank floors or other furniture. If you’re looking for a more natural appearance, stick with wood stains that mimic the colors from the natural world.

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Natural Wood Plantation Shutters

Earth tones plantation shutters can make your windows stand out.

Plantation shutters in earthy tones such as solid browns, greens, and blues are not only a great way to protect your windows from the sun, but they also provide a playful, breezy vibe to your whole space. Widening your window panes can make your walls feel less cluttered because the windows themselves become an artful focal point.

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Louver Sizes

When the shutters were first introduced as a window covering centuries ago, their smallest louvers were 1 ¼ inch wide. As the style of shutters evolved, they became more modern looking, and the louvers became wider. Today, they range from 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches wide and can even get up to 4 ½ inches wide.

2 ½ inch Shutters

A 2 ½ inch louver is the most traditional size. They are traditionally seen in homes with traditional décor, and they also look good on doors, closets, and room dividers.

3 inch Shutters

3 ½ inch shutters can have a traditional design or be grander, depending on your needs. If you have large windows, 2 ½ inch shutters will be too small. For larger windows, you should look for ones that measure 3-inch or more.

3 ½ inch Shutters

3 ½ inch louver shutters provide the perfect balance of beauty and privacy. These are the perfect choice for wider windows, but they can also work well on the doors, closets, and room dividers.

4 ½ inch Shutters

Shutters with louvers of 4 ½ inches wide are an excellent choice for large windows that offer a stunning view. The visibility is 108% greater than 2 ½ inch shutters, and the wide-open shutter almost makes you forget it’s there at all, as the view is so clear.

Frame Styles

You can choose from two different frames for your plantation shutters: the traditional inside-the-window-opening style or the more contemporary, wall-mounted style.

Inside mount shutters

If the window is set back far enough, we can work with an inside mount shutter. Shutters are designed to fit inside recessed window openings, so they can work even if they’re not attached to the wall.

Outside mount shutters

Outside mount shutters (aka direct mount plantation shutters) are installed in a way that encircles your window opening and is mounted right on top of your window trim or right next to your window.

Accurate Methods for Measuring Arched Windows for Shutters

When you measure for shutters, be sure to take your measurements as accurately as possible. Record your measurements down to the nearest 1/8″ and round down to the nearest 1/8″ if your measurement falls on a 1/16″. 

To measure the width of your arched windows, use a steel measuring tape to measure the widest point at the bottom of the arch. To measure the height of your arched windows, you must measure from the very center to the tallest point. If there are legs that end in a curved arch, also measure them so you can have all your numbers lined up.

Transform Your Arched Windows with Goodwood Shutters

Plantation shutters are a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal and security. They improve not just looks but also their functionality. Goodwood Shutters is a China-based custom shutter company and has been manufacturing and exporting the finest, hand-crafted interior window shutters since 1995. 

Goodwood Shutters is always available to our resellers and prospective resellers to answer questions or help solve a problem. You can also choose to become our exclusive reseller by signing the agreement. You will be the sole importer for the local market, the independently customized shutter designs will only be sold to you. If you are interested in becoming a reseller, please email us today!

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Mandy
Hi, I’m Mandy, the website manager of goodwoodshutters.com, which has been running a factory in China that produces interior shutters for 25 years now, and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge related to plantation shutters from a Chinese supplier’s perspective.

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