Other Uses For Shutters Besides Covering Windows in Tampa

Eric Ramsey

If you have already hung plantation shutters in your home, you know how low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and striking they are. But did you know the other uses for shutters -- plantation and otherwise -- that can solve some problems in other areas of your Tampa home? 

Savvy homeowners will use shutters beyond just window coverings. For us shutter lovers, here are some inspired ideas for how to incorporate shutters all over your home.

Shutters Can Hide Your Sliding Glass Doors

[Polywood|Plantation|Interior ]211] shutters on a sliding glass door in Tampa 
While homeowners in Tampa ask for plantation shutters on their windows, they are also the optimal treatment for 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 extremely easy to clean and strong enough to hold up to your family entering and leaving on a constant basis.
Shutters as a closet door 
Plantation shutters can also be a interesting option for otherwise plain interior doors. Replace 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 hidden away.
Interior shutters as a room divider for a business
Photo courtesy of Room Resolutions

Shutters can also be used as an accordion door or room divider. You can shut the panels and louvers during the times you need privacy, block noise, or block drafts. 

Shutters Work Well For Passthroughs And Cutouts

Wood shutters framing out a cutout between the kitchen and living room 

Sometimes when a home doesn’t have a truly open concept, it still has a passthrough or cutout connecting the kitchen and a dining or family room. Ideally, they allow things like food or plates to flow from one room to the next. And they can help give you more space by opening up the wall just a bit.

Plantation shutters can give some benefits to your passthrough or cutout. If the passthrough doesn’t have a countertop underneath, the treatments will frame the cutout like a window. When plates and dishes start making noise in the kitchen, you can just close the plantation shutters to stifle the offending sound. Closed plantation shutters also signifies that the the cook is done for the night! 

Other Uses For Shutters 

Barn-door shutters outside a flat TV in Tampa. 
As you start to perceive shutters as more than a window treatment, you will begin thinking up alternative uses for the coverings. For example, if you have a cutout for your flat-screen TV, plantation shutters can effectively hide it from sight when the screen is off. This concept may also work well with other treatments, like barn door shutters. You might even want to use shutters as doors on a cabinet or bar area. 

If you love your shutters, consult your installer about some alternative uses for shutters in your Tampa home. They can help you understand ideas to bring the style of shutters to new areas of your home.

Need Help Picking Shutters To Enhance Your Tampa Home?

If you’re all set to get creative with shutters in your home, Sunburst Shutters is here to help. Just give us a call at or send in the form below to book a free in-home consultation. We’ll listen to your wants and demonstrate our product lines of plantation and barn door shutters.