A great place to buy Plantation shutters is online. While some of the stores that used to stock them now no longer appear to, there are many new online stores that deal specifically in window treatments, and even some that deal only in shutters.
The more expensive shutters are those that are made from top hardwood. Quite often these shutters are totally custom-designed, meaning that you can ask for specifically sized shutters and choose what size slats you want and how the finish should look. On the other end of the spectrum you will find vinyl or faux wood shutters that are more often found in standard sizes, and are not as customizable as other types.
Another point to note, when order cheaper shutters online is that they are usually made to be self-installed. Thankfully, they are usually fairly easy to install and you do not have to be a carpenter to put them up. If you, or someone in your family, can drill a hole and use a screwdriver, you should be able to install your own standard plantation shutters. Most of the stores that sell shutters online also offer free shipping, which is a help in cutting back on costs.
If you decide to order custom designed shutters online you will need to be very specific with your order, both in terms of the actual size and shape of your window as well as the type of wood you would like the shutter made from. It may be better, if you have an unusually shaped window such as one with an arch, to have someone come and measure the window rather than trying to send the specs over the internet. If your window is at least an easily measurable standard design it should be a fairly simple matter to measure and order online. Often times, if you are buying more expensive designer shutters online, you can request a sample of the actual woods and stains they use so that you can more accurately decide what shade would fit best with your current decor and furniture. Also, if you go to all the trouble of ordering designer shutters, it may be worth your while to pay a little extra and have a craftsman install them for you.
With so many stores offering shutters and window treatments for sale, you will find that prices will vary tremendously from store to store, and depending on the options you choose and the material you request your shutters to be made from. It is fairly easy, however, to make comparisons based on the prices and quotes you receive and you should be able to find something that suits your budget and your taste fairly easily.
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