Other Uses For Shutters Beyond Your Windows in Boston

Holly Perron

If you use plantation shutters on your windows, you know how low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and striking they are. But can you guess the other ways to use shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that can help with other parts of your Boston home? 

Savvy homeowners these days have discovered other uses for shutters beyond just covering windows. For us shutter lovers, here are a few novel ideas for how to get more use from shutters all over your home.

Shutters Can Hide Your Sliding Glass Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Boston 
Sure, homeowners install plantation shutters over windows in Boston, but they are also the perfect treatment for doors of all types. Shutters can fully cover sliding doors and french doors and can give you light control, privacy, and temperature control. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are extremely easy to clean and strong enough to endure your family going in and out on a constant basis.
Shutters as a door 
Shutters can also be a nice alternative for otherwise boring interior doors. Change out your doors in bedroom closets, coat closets, linen closets, pantries, and more with shutters. The easy-to-operate louvers can keep the inside of the closet out of sight.
Shutters as a room divider for a showroom
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

You can also install your plantation shutters as an accordion door or room divider. You just shut the panels and louvers when you want to create privacy, muffle noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Can Help With Passthroughs And Cutouts

Wood shutters framing out a room's passthrough 

There are houses with conventional layouts that use a passthrough or a cutout between the kitchen and another room. Functionally, they allow things to flow from one room to the next. And a passthrough can help create a sense of spaciousness by opening up the area a little bit.

Plantation shutters can give some enhancement to your passthrough or cutout. If the passthrough doesn’t have a countertop on the bottom lip, you can use the shutters to frame the cutout as if it was a window. When cooking sounds a bit too rambunctious, you can just shut the cutout’s shutters to stifle the noise. Finding closed shutters also means that the dinner is over! 

Other Shutter Uses 

Barn-door shutters around a flat-screen TV in Boston. 
The more you view shutters outside of a window-only treatment, you will begin seeing alternative uses for the coverings. For example, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen television, plantation shutters can effectively hide it from sight when the screen is off. This idea should also transfer over to other treatments, like barn door shutters. You might even be able to install shutters as doors on a cabinet or storage shelf. 

If you love your plantation shutters, talk to your Sunburst rep about other uses for shutters in your Boston home. They will help you explore your options to bring the benefits of plantation shutters to new areas of your home.

Need A Hand Choosing Shutters For An Innovative Use In Your Boston Home?

If you’re all set to get creative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters is here to help. Just contact us at or complete the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your goals and show you our different choices of all our shutters.