Buying Plantation Shutters

What Should I Consider When Buying Plantation Shutters?

Buying plantation shutters for your home is an investment that offers enhanced aesthetic appeal, functional light control, increased privacy, and energy efficiency. These shutters simply exude quality and style. With a stunning appearance and unmatched versatility, plantation shutters are a preferred window treatment for today’s homeowners. buying plantation shutters for bedroom - blinds and more inc bakersfield, ca

Plantation shutters provide the rustic look that’s become increasingly popular over the years. However, there are several factors that you’ll need to consider during your purchase to ensure a successful experience. Here are six of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for plantation shutters.

1.   Frame Style

The frame is used to mount your shutters, and they usually come with either an inside or outside mounting option. A strong frame will keep your panels aligned and support your window treatment for years to come. Z-frames, L-frames, and Deco frames are common for plantation shutters.

  • L-frames are square and sit directly inside the window opening, so it won’t distract from the beauty of your shutters.
  • Z-frames have an overlapping trim designed to enhance your decor. They also help to hide any gaps in the window placement.
  • Deco frames mount on the wall near the window’s opening and are a good choice when you don’t have existing trim.

Our design consultant can guide you through the pros and cons of each frame and help you make the most informed choice.

  1. Divider Rails

You will also need to decide if you want divider rails for each of your shutters. Divider rails are permanent horizontal rails used to create sections so that louvers can be adjusted independently. They help to add strength and better light control to the window treatment. Keep in mind that divider rails are required for panel heights that exceed 74 inches.

3.   Louvre Size

Are you interested in a modern look with clean, wide-open windows or a more traditional appearance with classic double-hung shutters? The louvre’s size can make all the difference in how your home feels to you. With Blinds and More, Inc., you have diverse design options.

Generally, the size of louvre slats ranges from 2.5 to 4.5 inches. If you go with a smaller size, the slats will be close together. These are good choices for bedrooms where you want more privacy and don’t plan to let a lot of natural light in. Alternatively, the wider slats will be further apart, allowing more light to pass through. This makes them a great option for common areas of the home where you want to add a grander feel. They help make big windows look larger and, with the perfect tilt control, create just the right amount of ambiance for your space. Our experts can help you choose a louvre size that matches your vision.

4.   Tilt and Motorization

When buying plantation shutters, you have to consider how the shutter louvres open and close. Shutters are adjusted with a tilt rod. The traditional tilt rod is located at the front of the panel. You raise the rod up and down to adjust the tilt. Modern plantation shutters also come with invisible tilt options. In this case, you can operate louvres all at once without the need for a visible tilt rod.

Blinds and More, Inc. also offers PowerView® Motorization for your complete convenience. This system works with controls or the PowerView® app to automatically adjust your plantation shutters. You can pre-set your shutters to open in the morning and close at night without having to lift a finger. With the touch of a button, you can create a stunning room setting at just the right position.

5.   Cleaning

Your plantation shutters will need regular cleaning to stay pristine. Usually, a simple feather duster will do the trick. Keep in mind that smaller louvres may collect dust easier since the space between slats is more compact, so you should be extra thorough and ensure your duster can fit in between each one. You can also use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to clear away dust. Remember never to spray water or chemical cleaners on the shutters as these can result in the warping or discoloration of the material.

6.   Cost Versus Quality

Plantation shutters are definitely an investment in your home, and prices vary across the market. To get the most years out of your shutters, it’s best to work with trusted manufacturers known for quality. At Blinds and More, Inc., we partner with the industry’s top brands to offer our clients some of the best plantation shutters available.

Consult the Experts at Blinds and More, Inc.

Are you in the market for plantation shutters, but you have no idea where to start? Get in touch with Blinds and More, Inc. today. Our experts can help you design the perfect solution for your home and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Help Your Window Coverings Last

Ways to Help Your Window Coverings Last

Professionally installed window blinds, shades, and shutters are an excellent way to add beauty, function, and light control throughout your home. When you partner with Blinds and More, Inc. in Bakersfield, you have a wide variety of window coverings to pick from, ranging from vinyl and composite shutters to faux wood and aluminum blinds to high-quality shades. With proper care, they can enhance your home for years to come. clean your shutters and make your window coverings last - blinds and more inc

After investing the money to upgrade your home with beautiful window coverings, the last thing you want is for them to lose their beauty or get damaged merely months down the line. While interior coverings are protected from weather elements, they regularly get exposed to dirt and debris inside the house. This is especially true if you have children or pets. Following the tips below can help make your beautiful window treatments last longer.


Have you outfitted your home with stunning new shades? Here are the best ways to care for common types of shades.

§  Sheer Shades

We recommend dusting sheer shades with a dry feather duster or gentle air blower. You should avoid spot cleaning or rubbing away dirt, which can damage the shade material. If needed, using a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge with lukewarm water to lightly blot the fabric can remove built-up dust without ruining your window treatment. After blotting shades, leave them lowered until they are completely dry. If necessary, you can steam the material on medium to smooth out any wrinkles.

§  Honeycomb Shades

For honeycomb shades, you can use a clean feather duster, the brush attachment of your vacuum, or even a compressed air tool or hair dryer on the cool setting to remove dust. Like with sheer shades, you can spot clean using a soft cloth or sponge, lukewarm water, and a small amount of mild detergent if needed. You don’t want to cause creasing, so make sure that you’re blotting the shade as gently as possible and keep the shade lowered to dry.

§  Roman Shades

These classic window treatments can be cleaned using a handheld vacuum or feather duster. For more thorough cleaning, roman shades can be spot cleaned using a soft cloth, lukewarm water, and a bit of mild detergent. Blotting the shades gently will help prevent creasing. Avoid rubbing the fabric as this can damage the material. While you can steam some roman shades, you shouldn’t use an iron on any fabrics that are made up of 100% silk, 100% cotton, or 100% linen/cotton blend.

§  Roller Shades

Roller shades are extremely easy to maintain. Barring any household accidents, these sustainable window coverings only need occasional cleaning. A feather duster, handheld vacuum, or a vacuum with brush attachment is recommended for removing dust and dirt from your roller shades.

Keep in mind that roller shades should not be spot cleaned. Water exposure will cause damage to the material. They should also not be ironed. Taking care of your roller shades properly will ensure these timeless window treatments last.

Washing Individual Fabric Vanes

If your shades have individual fabric vanes, they can be removed and washed for your convenience. They should be folded into a mesh bag and washed on the gentle cycle using cold water. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use bleach to wash the fabric. The vanes should be line-dried until they’re damp. Then, place them back on the headrail, leaving the vanes open, to finish drying. Once dry, these can be steamed on low using the “Nylon” setting.

If these tips don’t work to remove dust or dirt from your shades, contact us to learn about other cleaning methods you can use.

Shutters and Blinds

Caring for your shutters and blinds properly will help keep them pristine. Here are some tips we recommend for our valued customers:

Dusting Your Shutters and Blinds

When you fail to clean window treatments frequently, dirt and dust can build up and become hard to remove. When this happens, your window treatments may get discolored or even damage the mechanics, especially if you are using motorized shutters.

For shutters and blinds, a clean and dry feather duster or soft cloth is ideal for dusting. You can also use your vacuum’s brush attachment. These methods will allow you to gently eliminate dust without ruining your window coverings. Rotating adjustable louvers or slats from the open and closed positions during dusting will ensure all areas are covered.

Preventing Moisture Damage

Excess moisture can cause warping and discoloration of shutters and blinds, so you should never immerse your window treatments in water. For shutters, it’s best to use a slightly damp cotton cloth to blot out dirt. Polyester cloths create static, which can attract even more dust to your shutters. If your shutters do accidentally get exposed to water, wipe it immediately with a soft cloth.

Note: It’s not recommended to use ultrasonic cleaning methods for clearing away dirt and grime from your shutters.

General Care Tips


Here are some general care tips you can apply to the window treatments that you’ve had installed in your home:

§ Avoid Using Abrasive Cleaning Products

From aluminum and vinyl to real wood, the surface of window coverings varies and will require different cleaning methods. When your shades, blinds, or shutters are dirty, you may be tempted to do some deep cleaning, but you should be careful in how this is handled. To ensure your treatments look as beautiful as the day they were installed, avoid using abrasive cleaning products. These can damage the fabrics or finishes of your window coverings, sometimes beyond repair.

§ Don’t Forget the Hinges

Since the Central Valley can experience quite a bit of dust, it’s recommended to include hinges in your window treatments’ regular cleaning. Otherwise, they could accumulate dust over time and not work as well. If your hinges are stiff or making squeaking noises, be sure to consult with our professionals at Blinds and More, Inc. for the right solution.

§ Care for Shutter Louvers

The proper operation of window coverings is crucial to preventing damage. For shutters with visible, tilt-rod controls, you should open and close them using the rod. For the ones with hidden tilt rods, hold one of the louvers in the middle and tilt it to operate the other louvers. Opening the slats from the end may weaken the operating mechanism. Gentleness is required when operating window shutters, so if you find that the shutters are too stiff or too loose, have our team take a look so that they are adjusted properly.

§ Stick With a Cleaning Schedule

It’s easy to assume that your window coverings are clean and skip a cleaning or two. However, over time, you may skip even more cleanings and not notice dirt and dust until it has already collected on your blinds, shades, or shutters. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to set a schedule and clean your window treatments accordingly.

Get Expert Help From Blinds and More, Inc.

The above tips will help you maintain your window treatments and keep them looking fabulous for years. If you notice any issues, you can trust the professionals at Blinds and More, Inc. of Bakersfield. We are committed to helping you service your blinds, shades, and shutters over their lifetime. With over 24 years of experience serving the Central Valley, we can help with everything from broken slats to motorization problems. We have all the solutions you need for your windows. Contact us today to find out more about our window covering services in Kern County.

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