When embarking on the exciting journey of selecting new shutters, most individuals have a distinct vision of the overall aesthetics they wish to achieve. This vision often encompasses the size and configuration of the panels, which, while sometimes overshadowed by other considerations like style and material, plays a pivotal role in shaping the final look and feel of a room.

If panel size is important to the desired finish you are looking to achieve, it is useful to know from the offset if there are any limitations in place on the panel dimensions and understand how this may impact your shutter design choices. There is no standard shutter panel size or standard slat size as it’s all down to your design preferences and the size of your windows. However, if a simplistic contemporary look is what you’re looking for this preference should inform your initial decisions regarding your shutter sizes.

What is the standard size of a window shutter?

When it comes to window shutters, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all standard measurement. Instead, window shutters are custom-made to fit your precise window dimensions. This customisation ensures a perfect fit and optimal functionality for your specific windows. Whether you have standard-sized windows or unique shapes and sizes, custom-made shutters can be tailored to suit your needs perfectly. By working with a reputable shutter company, you can ensure that your window shutters are crafted to the exact specifications of your windows, guaranteeing a seamless and professional installation. So, while there may not be a standard size for window shutters, the option for customisation allows you to achieve the ideal look and functionality for your home’s windows.

How important is shutter material choice?

One of the most significant factors that impact panel size possibilities is the material used for the shutters. But what is the best material for large shutters? Heavier materials need to have smaller panels to ensure the durability of the shutters and prevent warping over time. Essentially, the larger your desired panels, the lighter the material must be.

MDF ranks as the heaviest shutter material, closely followed by waterproof Permawood. Opting for lighter materials such as our Hardwood and Pearlwood selections opens up possibilities for larger panels. Notably, large, or intricate shutters, including custom shapes, are exclusively crafted in Pearlwood. The difference between the maximum panel sizes achievable with the heaviest MDF and the lightest Pearlwood is a substantial 140mm.

Once your window measurements are available, whether you’ve taken them yourself for an initial quote or enlisted one of our expert surveyors, we can provide guidance on the feasible panel sizes for your shutters to help you achieve your vision.

Single or bi-folding shutter panels?

Shutters configured to bi-fold against each other require smaller panel sizes. Therefore, if you prefer larger panels, opting for single-hung panels will allow for larger panels to be more comfortably added.

What are the benefits of choosing large shutter panels?

Certain styles of shutters can look better on different sized windows. Choosing what size shutters you should get can be a tricky decision. Opting for larger panels in your shutter design offers several advantages. Larger panels invite more natural light into your space, as they feature fewer solid section divides where framing and rails typically separate the shutters and slat sections. The best louver size to choose for maximum natural light is our largest slat size option of 89mm. During the warmer months, when you wish to let in a breeze through an open window behind open slats, having fewer panels obstructs the flow of air.

What additional considerations should you keep in mind?

For exceptionally large or tall windows, it may be necessary to include divider rails to ensure proper support and structural integrity for the panels over time.

When deciding on large panels, it’s worth considering how they will open into the room and how frequently you plan to use them. If the panels will mostly remain closed, a very large panel that swings out into the room may not pose any inconvenience. However, if you intend to frequently open the panels to reveal the window, a bi-folding option with slightly smaller panels may offer a neater folding solution. These details will be thoroughly discussed during a comprehensive survey, where our expert surveyors can provide in-depth information.

Embark on your shutter journey today by scheduling a measurement appointment. You can reach us at 02088719222 or by submitting an online Contact Us form. We can’t wait to help you start your shutter journey today.