Wooden shutters were first brought to the U.S. by Spaniards. In the South, plantation owners looking to let a breeze into their homes in the heat of summer while still maintaining some privacy adopted the trend.
Today, plantation shutters are a popular choice all over the country.
But while plantation shutters can be a great choice for any home style, they are harder to measure, design, and install than other forms of interior blinds.
Keep reading to learn what you need to know about installing plantation shutters in your home
1. Measure Twice
The most important thing you can do when installing plantation shutters in your home is to get the right measurement.
Plantation shutter measurements are essential to getting a good fit for your window. Even if you think that you have standard-sized windows, you should still measure them. Trim around your windows, the sill, or even a slight stray from the standard can leave you with shutters that don’t fit in your window.
You’ll want to talk with the company that you’re ordering your plantation shutters from. Ask them which measurements they’ll need in order to get a good fit. In a square or rectangular window, the height and width of your windows, and the depth, which runs from the edge of your wall to the glass in your window, are all you’ll need.
But if you have a uniquely shaped window, getting the right measurement will be a bit more complicated. For instance, windows with a curve at the top will need to be carefully measured, with the height, width, and curve of the top, in order to get a good custom fit.
2. Choose the Right Louver Size for Your Window
Once you’ve carefully measured your window, it’s time to think about the style of plantation shutters you want for your home.
This means choosing the right width of your shutter slats, also known as the louvers.
While this may seem unimportant, different louver sizes can completely change the look of your shutters. If you’re thinking about plantation shutters from home value, it’s very important to choose shutters that complement the style of the rest of the home.
For instance, wider louvers can lend to a more modern look. They also allow more light into the room and give you a better view when open.
But more narrow louvers are often a more popular choice. They more closely resemble traditional blinds or shutters, which is something that potential buyers might prefer.
You might also talk with your shutter supplier about whether the size of the louvers will affect the cost of shutters for your home.
3. Decide Between Inside or Outside Mount Shutters
This next decision you’ll need to make is whether you want inside or outside mounted shutters.
If you have deep-set windows, inside-mounted shutters allow your shutters to sit flush within your window. This is a cleaner look and makes it easier to add curtains or place furniture close to the window without your shutters getting caught.
But if your windows sit flush with your wall, inside mounted plantation shutters won’t work for your home.
Instead, you’ll need to opt for outside mounted shutters.
4. Pick Your Panels
If you’re adding shutters to smaller windows, one panel of shutters is likely all that you’ll need.
But if you have larger windows or ones with different shapes on different portions of the window, you might consider utilizing more than one panel.
Unlike traditional blinds, hurricane shutters cannot be rolled up. So if you want to access your window, you’ll instead open the shutters, much like opening a cabinet door. With one panel, you’ll swing the panel to the side to open them.
But you can also include several panels, which will open and close accordion style. For longer windows, this makes it easier to open your shutters without having to swing open one long shutter.
The longer the shutter, the more likely it will sag when open. Over time, this can damage your wall or your shutter.
Adding panels helps with this. When you provide the measurements of your window, your shutter supplier will help you decide how many panels you should use.
5. Think About Your Configuration
On the topic of choosing how many panels to use for your window, you’ll also need to decide how your panels will be configured. This means how they will open, and in which direction.
Consider the layout of your home and the placement of your furniture. Make sure that the direction you’d like your panels to open won’t leave them in the way of you moving in the room, or cause them to knock against furniture or doors.
6. Consider a Dividing Rail
Another option you have when designing your plantation shutters is whether to add a dividing rail.
This rail is more than just decorative. It allows you to open and close the top and bottom half of your shutters independently of one another.
If the sun is high in the sky, you can leave the top half of your shutters closed while still opening the bottom to allow in light without glare. You can also close one-half of your shutters to protect your privacy.
7. Leave Installing Plantation Shutters to the Pros
All of these decisions will help you get the right plantation shutters for your home. While your supplier will work with you to make these decisions, your choices are up to you.
But while it is possible to install your own shutters, it’s always a good idea to leave installing plantation shutters to the pros.
Because they need to be carefully lined up to make sure that the panels fit together perfectly, you’ll want a professional eye. If you use the wrong screws or don’t put them in properly, you run the risk of your plantation shutters sagging or even falling out of your window over time.
Choosing the Right Custom Shutters for Your Home
Installing plantation shutters in your home is a great way to enjoy a modern or coastal look, add value to your home, ensure privacy, and more.
If you’re thinking about adding plantation shutters, or any custom shutters to your home, we can help. Shop our selection of interior shutters today to find the perfect fit for your home.