Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Houston

Cory Cryer

If you use plantation shutters on your windows, you know how easy to clean, energy-efficient, and striking they are. But did you know the other ways to use shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that will benefit other sections of your Houston home? 

Creative homeowners these days have created other uses for shutters beyond just covering windows. For us shutter lovers, here are some new ideas for how to get more use from your favorite window treatments all over your house.

Shutters Can Hide Your Sliding Glass Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Houston 
While homeowners in Houston ask for plantation shutters on their windows, they are also the optimal treatment for all types of doors. Shutters can adequately cover sliding doors and french doors and give wonderful light control, privacy, and energy efficiency. Plantation shutters like our Polywood® shutters are still easy to clean and durable enough to stand up to your family entering and leaving on a constant basis.
Shutters as an interior door 
Shutters can also be a stylish option for otherwise plain interior doors. Change out doors in closets, nooks, or pantries with shutters. The shutters easily swing open and closed to keep the inside of the closet private.
Shutters as a room divider for a business
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

You can also use your shutters as an accordion door in large rooms. You can straighten the panels and louvers anytime you need privacy, filter noise, or stop drafts. 

Shutters Are Handy For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Shutters framing out a passthrough 

Many times when a floor plan doesn’t have a truly open concept, it will have a passthrough or cutout in between the kitchen and another room. Functionally, the cutout lets dishes and food to pass between rooms. And a cutout or passthrough can help give you more space by opening up the room a little bit.

Shutters bring some benefits to your passthrough or cutout. If it doesn’t have a countertop underneath, you can use the shutters to frame the cutout as a window. When the connected room’s stereo noise is blaring into the kitchen, you can just close off the plantation shutters to reduce the noise. Finding closed plantation shutters also signifies that the kitchen is closed! 

Other Uses For Shutters 

Barn-door shutters outside a flat TV in Houston. 
As you begin to perceive shutters as more than a window covering, you should begin thinking up alternative uses for shutters. For example, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen TV, plantation shutters can effectively hide it from sight when not in use. This approach may also transfer over to other shutters, like barn door shutters. You can even be able to install some shutters as doors on a cabinet or bar area. 

If you love your shutters, ask your installer about some alternative uses for shutters in your Houston home. They can help you understand your options to bring the benefits of shutters to new areas of your home.

Need Assistance Picking Shutters To Enhance Your Houston Home?

If you’re inspired to get inventive with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters will help. Just call us at or complete the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. We’ll discuss your needs and demonstrate our product lines of plantation and barn door shutters.