Frequently Asked Questions

Plantation shutters look beautiful in various interior window treatment applications. Prior to deciding on what shutter will look best, read some frequently asked questions people have about plantation shutters.

Why are plantation shutters so popular?

Shutters have long been a popular option for window coverings because they offer so many benefits:

  • Sophisticated and classic look
  • Easily controlled light and ventilation
  • Can provide more privacy than curtains or blinds while still allowing light and air in
  • Incredibly easy to maintain
  • Long-lasting increase home value and curb appeal

What are the parts of a plantation shutter called?

A shutter is comprised of 5 main components:

  • Louvers are the blades of the shutters, and come in sizes ranging from 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches
  • The Tilt-Bar can be in the front, middle of the shutter, or hidden in the rear if using the ClearTilt system. Either way, it controls how open the shutters are.
  • The Top and Bottom Rails outline the shutters and contain the louvers between them.
  • The Divider Rail runs through the center of some shutters, depending on size. When there’s a divider rail, the top and bottom louvers operate independently of each other allowing for the top to be open and the bottom closed, for example.
  • The Frame surrounds the shutter and finishes off the decorative look of the window


What plantation shutter louver sizes do Sonesta Shutters come in?

Louvers for Sonesta Shutters are available in 2-1/2 inches and 3-1/2 inches.

What colors do Sonesta Shutters come in?

  • White: Our most popular color and our brightest white.
  • Ivory: Our version of off-white.
  • Vanilla: Our version of cream.


What is the difference between one louver size and another?

Louvers for Sonesta Shutters are available in 2-1/2 inches and 3-1/2 inches. The wider the louver, the wider the space between louvers will be when they’re fully open. Louvers measuring 3 1/2 inches provide 56% greater visibility than the 2-1/2 inch louvers.

Louver Sizes

How do I move plantation shutter blades?

Sonesta Shutters have two options for moving the louvers. Traditional plantation shutters use a tilt-bar that runs down the center of each shutter to easily adjust how open the louvers are, which allows them to be tightly closed in either direction. Sonesta Shutters are also available in ClearTilt, which means they’re equipped with hidden rear tilt-bars. ClearTilt shutters are just as easy to open and close, but have a completely unobstructed view.

Clear Tilt Bar

How are Sonesta Shutters cleaned?

Unlike other wood products, it’s incredibly easy to clean and care for your Sonesta Shutters. When needed, simply wet a soft cloth with water and wipe the plantation shutter panels with the damp rag. They can also be cleaned with a mild soap, though not with lemon oil or furniture polish. Since Sonesta Shutters are non-porous, these plantation shutters won’t mildew or mold.

Must Sonesta Shutters be professionally installed?

Sonesta Shutters are as easy to install as most window blinds and designed to install simply even if you have never installed a shutter before! We include an installation DVD with every order, but if you prefer, professional installation is always available through your local Lowe’s store.

How long do Sonesta Shutters last?

Sonesta Shutters are built to last and will last a lifetime when properly cared for.

Can I move plantation shutters from house to house?

No. Shutters are custom made to your window measurements, so they’re not meant to move with you.

Do plantation shutters increase the value of a home?

Plantation Shutters help in two ways. They increase the curb-appeal on any home and likely increase the number of people who will consider purchasing. It’s also been estimated that they will increase your homes appraisal value by several percentage points.