Plantation shutters are a popular window covering choice for many Australian homeowners, but the cost can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Let’s break down the key variables that affect the cost of plantation shutters and give you some rough price estimates to help you plan your budget.
First things first, let’s define what we mean by “plantation shutters.” These are interior window shutters that are made up of horizontal slats or louvers that can be tilted open or closed to control the amount of light and airflow entering a room. They are often made of wood or a wood-like material, but can also be made of vinyl or composite materials. Plantation shutters can be mounted on the inside or outside of a window frame and are typically used on larger windows or sliding glass doors.
Now, on to the cost. The biggest factor that affects the price of plantation shutters is the material they are made of. Wood shutters tend to be the most expensive option, with prices starting at around $450 per square meter for basic, unfinished wood shutters and going up to $700 or more per square meter for higher-end, finished wood shutters. Vinyl or composite shutters are generally less expensive, with prices starting at around $300 per square meter. However, keep in mind that these materials may not have the same level of durability and aesthetic appeal as wood shutters, so you’ll want to weigh the trade-offs carefully.
Another factor that can impact the cost of plantation shutters is the size and shape of your windows. Custom-made shutters that are tailored to fit your specific window dimensions will generally be more expensive than standard-size shutters that are mass-produced. If you have unusually shaped or sized windows, or if you have a lot of windows to cover, you can expect the cost to be on the higher end.
The style of the shutters can also affect the price. Basic, flat-panel shutters tend to be less expensive than more elaborate styles with decorative details or curved edges. Similarly, shutters with more slats or louvers per panel will typically cost more than those with fewer slats.
Another thing to consider is whether you want to install the shutters yourself. If you have some handyman skills and feel comfortable tackling the installation on your own, you could save some money. However, keep in mind that installing plantation shutters can be a complex and time-consuming process, and if you make a mistake, it could end up costing you more in the long run to fix it. On the other hand, hiring a professional to install the shutters for you will likely cost more upfront, but it can give you peace of mind knowing that the job is being done correctly.
So, how much can you expect to pay for plantation shutters in total? It’s hard to give a one-size-fits-all answer, as the cost will depend on all of the factors we’ve discussed. As a rough estimate, you could budget around $800 to $1,000 per window for basic, vinyl plantation shutters, or $1,000 to $1,500 per window for mid-range, wood shutters. Keep in mind that these figures are just a starting point and that your actual costs could be higher or lower depending on the specifics of your project.
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