2.5″ California Shutters

California shutters with louvers only 2 1/2 inches wide are an excellent choice for windows, as well as for doors and room dividers. Their narrower louver width provides more privacy when open than some of the wider options, making them just right for an area with lots of walk-by traffic. When the louvers are in the closed position, complete privacy can be attained.

Traditionally, the smallest California shutters available featured louvers only 1 1/4 inches wide. As the style
of shutters evolved, California shutters with wider louvers became more and more popular. Today, the smallest louvers available are generally 2 1/2 inches wide.


3.5″ California Shutters

Shutters with louvers of 3.5 inches are commonly known as Plantation Shutters. With the louvers open, visibility is actually 56% greater than with 2 1/2″ California shutters, since the opening between louvers is about an inch wider. As the name indicates, this type of shutter first become popular on the southern plantations, though it now works well in both traditional and contemporary homes.

Plantation shutters with louvers of 3 1/2 inches wide are the perfect choice for windows that open to a beautiful view, but some privacy is also desired. They also work well for doors and room dividers. The medium width louvers allow for increased visibility and a much clearer view than the smaller California shutters, though not as open as the wider 4 1/2 inch shutters provide. When the louvers are in the closed position, complete privacy can be attained.




4.5″ California Shutters

4 1/2 inch shutters originated in the Southwest region of United States where homes have larger windows and panoramic ocean views. These shutters have a very elegant feel and will make a bold statement in any room.

Shutters with louvers of 4 1/2 inches wide are best used when they open to a stunning view. They create a visibility that’s 108% greater than the 2 1/2 inch California shutters. When the tilt-bar is set in the open position, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is a shutter in front of you at all, as the view appears very clear. When the louvers are in the closed position, however, complete privacy can still be attained.


Patented Tilt-Bar System

Eclipse plantation shutters are opened and closed using a patented tilt-bar. It’s the tilt-bar that makes it possible to enjoy bright sunlight one moment and a darkened room the next, depending on whether the louvers are opened or closed. This look is the most common among homes with traditional design and decor.

The traditional Tilt-Bar System provides a tight and uniform closure of all louvers at once and is located on the front center of each panel of plantation shutters.

Tilt-Bar Features:

  • Enables louvers to be closed tightly in both directions
  • This method has eliminated unsightly staples or gears which tend to break or rust
  • No unsightly mouse holes




Most plantation shutters have a tilt-bar running vertically down their center. It’s this tilt-bar that allows for simple, one-touch control for opening and closing the louvers. The optional Clearview┬« system, however, performs the same function as a tilt-bar, but is hidden on the back hinge side of the panel. You can adjust them simply by touching one of the louvers. Rear tilt control provides an unobstructed view and a clean, contemporary look.

Features of Shutters with Clearview:

  • Louvers can be closed tightly in both directions (This method has eliminated unsightly staples or gears which tend to break or rust)
  • No unsightly mouse holes