How to fit your plantation shutters

So you’ve measured and ordered your shutters, now it’s time to fit them. I may sound redundant here but my advice is to get a professional to install them for you! Over the years I’ve come across many clients that regret not to have invited a field expert over but as I mentioned on my previous post, it is possible to be done on your own.

Assembling image

Usually, shutter panels come already pre-hinged so here’s a list of tools you will need:

Electric drill imageHammer drill imageElectric planer imagePhillips screwdriver imageFlat screwdriver imageSpirit level imagePhillips batten screws imageMeasuring tape imageSharp pencil image

It may vary from company to company but normally screws are not provided, so here’s a list of what you need:

  • Length up to 1100mm – 2 large screws per frame needed
  • Length up to 1500mm – 3 large screws per frame needed
  • Length from 1500mm to 2000mm – 4 large screws per frame needed
  • Length over 2000mm – 5 large screws per frame needed

You have already chosen the mounting option and framing style that best suit your window, so let’s get your shutters installed.

Inside of Recess

For examples A, C, D and E, frames should be placed on the inside of the recess wall and screws fixed into the recess wall. Shutters will fold against the wall on either side of the window.

Mounting A image

Mounting C image

Mounting C image

Mounting E image

For example B, frames should be placed on the inside of the recess wall and screws fixed into the window frame. Shutters will fold against the inside of the recess – although they may still protrude further than the recess.

Mounting B image

There are few points to pay attention to:

  • Check if there’s sufficient depth for slat and handle clearance (the bigger the slat, the bigger the depth)
  • Check how strong the recess wall is as battens may need shaving to ensure a perfect hanging
  • Make sure there’s enough room surrounding the recess so your shutters can open flat against the wall.

Outside of Recess

For examples F and G, frames should be placed on the outside of the recess wall and screws fixed into the recess wall.

Mounting F image

Mounting G image

Points to consider here:

  • Double check the measurements of shutters
  • Lay out shutters on the floor exactly in the way it will be attached to window
  • As battens usually come 2mm longer to lift shutters off the window sill, chop down the side battens until they are the correct height
  • Hinge the side batten to the shutter panels making the top of the batten flush with the top of the panel
  • Offer assembled shutters and battens to face of recess and mark position of battens
  • Detach shutters from battens and face-fix battens accordingly using raw plugs if necessary
  • Re-attach shutters.

Sash Window

Frames and screws should be fixed between the architrave and the staff bead as shown in example H.

Mounting H image

What to consider - apart from the ones listed above for the outside of recess:

  • Offer assembled shutters and battens to flat section inside architrave and mark position of battens.

Assembling Frames

If your shutters are to be assembled with more than a 2-sided frame surrounding them:

  • Lay shutters on the floor with frame surrounding them.
  • Insert frame keylocks.
  • Fix to opening

Again, if you have any questions just drop me a message and I’ll try to be as helpful as possible.

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Customer Reviews

Really happy with the work done. Friendly bunch - especially the chaps that came to fit the shutters and popped back afterwards for one little tweak. Cleaned up after themselves really well too. I'll be recommending you - thanks all!

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