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.
How important is 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.