News // June 23, 2023

Written by Spyropoulos Alicia

Size to Style: Ideal Plantation Shutters for Melbourne Homes

ideal size and style plantation shutters Melbourne

Plantation shutters in Melbourne homes have been a popular choice for many years now, acting as practical and aesthetically pleasing, quality window coverings that offer a range of benefits to the home. These window shutters are the perfect option for privacy, light control and natural insulation that adds an elegant feel to any room. 

With all that they offer, the question isn’t whether you should install them, but which ones? These days there are a wide range of elements to consider, with customisable features from the size of the shutter panel to materials and colours. 

To help you select the most appropriate shutters for your home, here is a guide for each element to keep in mind when making your choice. 

Shutter Material

Shutters, in general, are available in three main materials

1. PVC (polyvinyl chloride): PVC plantation shutters are ideal for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, where shutters might be exposed to steam. This material is moisture-resistant, meaning it won’t warp or weaken in a damper environment. 

2. Paulownia: These timber plantation shutters are light and durable, made to last. 

3. Basswood: A higher density timber than Paulownia, this engineered wood is a sturdier choice. Depending on your budget and location of the shutters, basswood plantation shutters may be the best choice. 

The Slats

Louvres are available in a range of sizes. At Security Plus Shutters, Doors & Blinds, we offer small (64mm), medium (89mm) or large (114mm) shutter panels. 

Smaller slats: 

Offer less flexibility in design and light control than larger slats, though they may be more useful for windows with less depth. 

Larger slats: 

Preferred to allow more natural light to enter the room and maintain more of a view of the outside when shutters are open. These are recommended for large windows that look out to a scenic area. 

Type of Operation

The window covering can be operated manually or with motorisation. 

Manual with tilt rod: 

This can be visible or hidden. The central tilt rod is the traditional style of operation, while a hidden rod maintains more of a view of the outside and offers a more modern feel.


This is a great choice for convenience, especially to operate shutters in hard-to-reach places. Motorisation can be operated via switch, button, phone app or smart home device. 

The Style

There are a range of shutter styles to select from that can completely change the look and feel of a room. These also vary in terms of the natural light that they block or allow, as well as the privacy that they offer. 

Full height shutters: 

These shutters are the most traditional style, and the style that you surely think of when you think of plantation shutters. They span the full length of the window to offer full control over privacy and lighting. 

Cafe style shutters: 

These shutters cover only the lower half of the windows, allowing plenty of privacy for tall windows where the lower portion alone is able to cover up to head height. This is ideal for adequate privacy paired with maximum daylight to flood the space, and offers a more unique look. 

Tier on tier shutters: 

This style of shutter is one in which the top and bottom half open independently of each other, allowing for even more control of light levels. Practicality is at its peak with this style that maintains elegance. 

The Colour 

The colour of your shutters is also a significant choice that can impact the aesthetic of your home. You could select shutters that blend with the colour of your walls, or choose a colour that stands out and makes a statement. 

At Security Plus Shutters, Doors & Blinds, there are 30 different colours available to select from. The range of whites and off-whites offer a classic feel, while shades of grey, beige, brown, red or black add a colour that can set the tone of the space and define the room. 

Quality Plantation Shutters In Melbourne With Security Plus

At Security Plus, we have provided peace of mind with shutters in Melbourne homes since 1992. We pride ourselves on servicing Australian families by installing plantation shutters that are high quality, tailor-made for your window frames and built to last. 

Contact our friendly team to receive a measure and quote today.

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