The Divider Rail
Plantation shutters have what is called a “divider rail.” The divider rail does precisely what it sounds like; it divides upper and lower sections of the shutter. Dividing sections of your custom shutter allows you to move the different portions independently of one another. Being able to adjust the different parts of your window covering opens up unique lighting and privacy options that would otherwise be unavailable to you. If your window is tall enough (usually 90” or more), you will have more than one divider which allows for even more options.
Keeping a portion of your windows shuttered while another part remains open is a feature that is primarily used for privacy purposes. Homeowners that desire natural light but have a distaste for outside observers typically leave the lower portion closed while the top louvers remain open. However, if you have floor to ceiling windows, a divided shutter provides wall space when you want it.
During the hot summer months, you may keep a portion of the shutters closed for temperature control. Closing select panels gives you the ability to control some of the heat that comes in through the windows. It can also help prevent heat from escaping during the winter.
Plantation shutters are a beautiful addition to any home. They help increase your home’s value and aesthetic (who doesn’t want that?). If you are considering this style of window treatment or if you have questions about other window coverings that may be a good match for your Prescott home, contact Made in the Shade at 928-308-9998 or visit https://mitsyavapai.com.