Ultimate Plantation Shutters DIY Guide for Beginners

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Plantation shutters are a timeless window covering that offer more sophistication than a simple roller blind and more functionality than a curtain.

Installing plantation shutters is a surprisingly easy way to add a touch of personal style to any room of your home. They require little maintenance, are durable enough to last for years and are hailed as the window covering that will never go out of fashion.

With some careful measuring and some basic DIY skills, you can have the perfect custom-made plantation shutters shipped directly to your door! Shutter Industry News is here to show you how easy it is to order and install plantation shutters, one step at a time.

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Choosing the perfect plantation shutters

When choosing the perfect plantation shutters, you need to consider several factors relating to your window design and home interior. This includes the location of your window, the material of the plantation shutters and the overall aesthetic of your room.

Thankfully, plantation shutters come in a wide variety of styles and materials for you to choose from and can be used in guest rooms, to create reading nooks and teamed with curtains to bring the look of your room together.

Here are some main plantation shutter styles available for your reference:

Full height

Full height shutters provide complete top to bottom window coverage and are a common choice for those looking for a traditional feel.

Café style

Café style shutters offer coverage on the bottom half of your window. These are the perfect option for adding privacy to your space while also allowing light to enter from the upper part of the window.

Tier on tier

These plantation shutters offer both top and bottom coverage. The upper and lower slats can be adjusted independently allowing you to have full lighting and privacy control.

Special shapes

From arches to irregularly shaped windows, there’s always a custom solution out there so you can get the plantation shutters of your dreams. Many plantation shutter suppliers offer custom-made window treatments in any shape or size.

Temporary solution

If you need something to cover your windows while waiting for your plantation shutters to arrive then temporary blinds are the answer. They’re low cost, take only minutes to install and will block out light and add an extra layer of privacy until your plantation shutters arrive.

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How to measure for plantation shutters

Before you place your order, you’ll need a tape measure and a bit of time to accurately calculate the space that your plantation shutters need to fill.

Most plantation shutters come in standard sizes to fit common window sizes in Australian homes. Plantation shutters can also be custom-ordered to fit your dimensions. If you are comfortable taking accurate measurements of your window space, we always recommend that you opt for a custom fit for the best results.

When measuring the size of plantation shutter you will need, make sure not to go too narrow or you will have gaps between your plantation shutter and the outer area of your window. This will result in reduced privacy and will let too much light into the room.

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Installing plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are practical, relatively inexpensive and very easy to install. When choosing a plantation shutters supplier, make sure you select a reputable company that provides you with a step-by-step installation manual that is specific to their plantation shutters.

Simply follow these steps and you’ll have your plantation shutters installed in no time at all.

Tools you’ll need

  • Drill
  • Wall fixings
  • Spirit level

Step 1

Before installing your plantation shutters, you will need to make sure you have prepared all of the appropriate wall fixings so you can secure the frame screws to which the plantation shutter will be attached.

Step 2

Carefully open the box containing your plantation shutters and remove them from their packaging. Make sure to set them on a clean, smooth surface so they do not get scuff marks or scratches. Place the plantation shutters near the window in which they are to be installed.

Step 3

When you are happy with the alignment of your plantation shutters and have ensured they are level, insert the screw into the hole on the hinge to lock them in position. You can loosen or tighten the screw depending on your preferences.

Top tip: If you’re still having difficulty installing your plantation shutters, Australian Plantation shutters have put together a great step-by-step video tutorial for you to follow.

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