Why You Should Use Plantation Shutters on Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are an excellent way to enjoy the view of your surroundings and let natural light into your home. Yet, you need the ability to filter light and have some privacy. However, finding suitable window coverings for sliding glass doors can be difficult. 

Most homeowners opt for drapes, curtains, and verticals to cover their sliding glass doors, but Plantation shutters for sliding glass doors are also an excellent choice.

What are Plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are an elegant and practical window treatment made of panels with adjustable louvers. They are usually made of wood or composite materials. Initially used in Mediterranean countries, Plantation shutters help homeowners effectively control light and airflow to create a more hospitable environment. bb-8-18-22-S.jpg

Can Plantation shutters be put on sliding doors?

Yes, Plantation shutters can be an excellent alternative to using the traditional choices for sliding glass doors. Available with a bifold feature that stacks back out of the way or a bypass track that allows the shutter panels to slide behind each other to give you access to the door, Plantation shutters are an excellent option for your sliding glass doors. When you install Plantation shutters on sliding glass doors, you'll be able to have the look you want for any room. You'll also be able to regulate light, privacy, and temperature, without sacrificing comfort and usability.

Why install Plantation shutters for sliding glass doors?

Aesthetic appeal

Among the many reasons you should install Plantation shutters for sliding glass doors, one aspect to keep in mind is that they have a classic, timeless design that isn’t likely to go out of fashion.

Plantation shutters come in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and materials, including natural wood, composite, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and aluminum. You can even custom paint or stain match your wood shutters to blend with the rest of your decor.

Whether trying to complement certain features or achieve a modern design, Plantation shutters are available with updated options like invisible tilt and motorization that work well with home décor styles, including contemporary, minimalist, and transitional.


You can also pair Plantation shutters with other popular window treatments, such as curtains or drapes. This is incredibly functional for open spaces like living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms. 


Plantation shutters are made from strong and durable hardwood or composite materials that can withstand time. The composite materials do not peel, warp or fade quickly — so you don't need to worry about your shutters fading due to sun exposure. 


Plantation shutters are available in different colors and materials and can be tailored to fit any window space, no matter how oddly shaped. From small portholes to massive patio doors, sharp angles to arches, there's a set of Plantation shutters for every kind of window. 

Energy efficient

Installing Plantation shutters on sliding glass doors adds a layer of thermal insulation over the large panes of glass. This will keep your house cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter months. 

Because Plantation shutters help regulate the temperature in your house, you won't need to run your central heating and HVAC system all the time. This reduces your monthly electricity bills so that you can save money on energy costs.

Light and privacy control

Plantation shutters offer exceptional light and privacy control. They have large louvers (or slats) that you can tilt completely closed or open. You can also angle the louvers to let in as much or as little natural light as possible. The wider louver allows for a nice view of the outdoors. The ability to angle the louvers filters light and gives you some privacy.

Sound insulation

Like thermal insulation, Plantation shutters also insulate your home from unwanted sounds. The materials that Plantation shutters are made out of act as a natural sound barrier to block out outdoor noise. 

When the louvers are closed, the sound reduces significantly so that you can have a peaceful environment and better sleep. That's why Plantation shutters are a great window treatment choice if you live in a high-traffic area or a noisy neighborhood. 

Easy to operate

Plantation shutters are extremely easy to operate. To control natural light and privacy, tilt the louvers to your desired angle. This allows you to direct sunlight and glare away from the room, protecting your home from the outside world. 

Plantation shutters can also be motorized or automated. This way, you won't need to open them manually. Instead, you'll be able to use a remote, wall switch, or smart home system to operate them. You can open or close them without having to get up. 


Plantation shutters don't have dangling cords or strings that can pose a hazard. This means they're safe for homes with small children and pets. 

Minimal maintenance 

Plantation shutters don't require frequent cleaning to look good. All you have to do is wipe down the louvers with a cloth once in a while. If your shutters are made of natural wood, don't use a damp cloth to clean them, as wood is sensitive to moisture — wipe with a dry cloth. You can use a damp cloth if they're made of faux wood and composite materials.

Do Plantation shutters add value to a home?

Absolutely, because Plantation shutters are customized to fit the exact shape of your doors and windows, they add value and become an asset to the property, which can help increase your home's appraisal value. At Budget Blinds, we create Plantation shutters that fit your exact measurements, desired louver size, material, and color. 

You can use our Plantation shutters on sliding glass doors thanks to a bi-fold track design that allows them to hinge and fold. This way, the shutters won't obstruct walkways and reduce the functionality of the doors.

We include unique features in our Plantation shutters, like a hidden tilt rod and motorization, to increase convenience.

If you're considering installing Plantation shutters on your sliding glass doors, schedule a free consultation with our local design experts. They'd be happy to speak to you about your needs and show you options for your sliding glass doors.

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