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Plantation Shutters – How Do They Open and Close?

Plantation shutters half open and half folded

Plantation shutters are a stunning addition to a property that offers many benefits. They not only look stylish, but they also allow you to control the amount of light in your room. Here we look at how these shutters open and close.

How Plantation Shutters Open and Close

Shutter slats, also known as louvres, close fully flat in the upwards direction. They can be rotated downwards, but the upwards direction enables fully flat closure. This gives complete light blockage and increased privacy.

These slats will stop anyone outside of the property from being able to peer in. They overlap by ½ an inch, and this blocks light and breeze, so it helps to insulate your room.

Central Tilt Rod

With central tilt rods, the slats are connected via the rod, which pushes the slats open and closed. A mid-rail can be used to separate the lower and upper sections. This allows you the option of closing only half of the shutters.

Hidden Tilt Rod

With hidden tilt rods, a thin metal road connects the slats. This is located in the back part of the panel near the hinges. You turn one slat by hand, and the other slats will follow.


The number of panels fitted into your shutters will depend on the width of your window. If you have just one panel, you can opt for the hinges to be at the right or left side, depending on which way you wish the panel to swing.

If you have two panels, one right and one left, they can open in the middle or fold in the same direction.

Three panels allow one to work independently. You can decide which area has the bi-fold panel and which has the solo panel.

Four panels should be split into two lots of bi-folding panels to ensure the weight is distributed evenly.

Full Height Shutters

Full height shutters have one large panel spanning the window height. The tier-on-tier style means you can choose a point for the panels to split, doubling the panels. This lets you swing open the upper tier and leave the bottom closed, or the other way around.

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to the design of plantation shutters. Talk to a shutter specialist, such as Long Island Shutters, to discuss bespoke plantation shutters for your property.

Contact Long Island Shutters on 01992 524888.