Depending on your choices, plantation shutters can be a modest, or extravagant, expense. But did you know they’re also one of the best insulators of all window coverings, and can provide substantial energy savings for your home? And consider their long-lasting impact versus expensive custom fabric window treatments that will fade over time, or just plain go out of style (quicker than you’d think!).
So, what do plantation shutters really cost? There are many variables that can impact the cost of plantation shutters, with the most important being what material they’re made from. Wood shutters are stronger, more flexible, and a better insulator than synthetic materials, and pricing depends a lot on the quality of the wood. Stock vinyl shutters are the most economical choice, and won’t swell or warp in damp conditions. Here’s an estimated average cost per foot (for actual pricing, you’ll need to provide details on your window and preferences):
- Alder: $66/SF
- Custom premium hardwood: $34/SF
- Custom value hardwood/Basswood: $24/SF
- Custom designer Stock-size Basswood: $23/SF
- Custom PolyDesign (PVC foam material): $26/SF
- Custom medium-density fiberboard (MDF): $22/SF
- Custom vinyl: $16/SF
- Stock-size vinyl: $11/SF
As you can see, the material you choose makes a big difference in the cost (as well as stock vs. custom sized). Other than materials, there are a few variables that will impact the cost of your shutters:
Do you need a frame to mount your shutters? If your window isn’t deep enough, you’ll need to add a frame so you can properly open and close the louvers. If the window opening is uneven, framing will help the shutter fit without gaps.
Do you need a custom paint or stain? You can save money by buying white or natural wood-colored shutters and painting them yourself (easy as working a can of spray paint), or splurge on a ready-made custom-matched designer shutter.
Plantation shutters are a great investment today that can boost your home’s resale price in the future. Given the choice between shutters and expensive drapes that are subject to fickle tastes and style, I’ll take the classic good looks of a plantation shutter any day!