How to Build Plantation Shutters

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If you’ve ever wondered how to build plantation shutters, this article can help you get started on your project. In this article we’ll discuss why DIY is better than hiring a professional, materials you’ll need and common mistakes. Next, we’ll talk about Hinges. Hinges are a vital component of your shutters and should be carefully measured before you begin. This article will help you build the shutters that will add charm and beauty to your windows.

DIY vs. professional

The primary cost of building plantation shutters is the cost of the shutters themselves and the parts used for installation. Some firms include installation costs in their pricing, while others do not. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you should make sure to keep in mind that the cost of installing shutters is significantly higher than the cost of buying them. The additional cost of hiring a professional to install your shutters should be borne in mind, as well as the physical demands.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when building your own plantation shutters is not knowing how to properly measure your windows. It’s highly unlikely that the shutters you buy in a store will fit your windows. Even if you know what size you need, it is important to measure properly to ensure the proper fit. Otherwise, your DIY project could result in shutters that are too large or too small. Additionally, DIY shutters may not close properly and may not have louvers that can be adjusted easily.

Common mistakes

Many people make common mistakes when building plantation shutters. Adding frames on top of frames is not necessary and can detract from the refined aesthetic of the shutters. A frame can be used in cases where window casings do not have a sill, such as a bay window. For the best look, build three-sided shutter frames with the correct width. There are some mistakes you should avoid when building plantation shutters, including these.

The first mistake many people make when building plantation shutters is not paying enough attention to the maintenance requirements of the shutters. Real wood absorbs moisture and expands and contracts, cracking and warping. While poly shutters are more water-resistant, you should still be aware of the maintenance requirements of the material. You can also save money by buying low-maintenance shutters that require minimal maintenance. Listed below are the most common mistakes people make when building plantation shutters.

Installing shutters improperly. Mounting shutters flat against the house eliminates shadow lines, which makes the house look bland. Not only does this cut down on ventilation, but it also results in excess heat buildup that can damage painted surfaces and siding. Incorrect installation is the most common mistake, causing half of the shutter’s problems. Screws are too tightly installed, and the shutters will crack due to changes in weather.


There are a variety of materials to choose from for building plantation shutters, including alder, basswood, and other hardwoods. Alder is especially strong and durable, and its natural grain gives shutters a cherry-like appearance. It can also be stained and painted to match any existing color. Compared to other materials, alder shutters are also less expensive and require very little maintenance. However, you should keep in mind that they are not as environmentally friendly as wood.

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If you’re wondering how much shutters cost, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re a lot cheaper than new ones. Purchasing 6′ cedar fence planks for less than $2 each, a quart of stain, and exterior wood screws can get you started building shutters in a matter of hours. In addition, a professional installation service will provide you with free consultations and installation.


There are several types of hinges available for use when building plantation shutters. Some are inter-panel, which allows two shutter panels to abut one another. They are also called offset hinges because of their design, which allows the flags to lay flat when open. These hinges are installed on the rear surface of two shutter panels and do not require a mortise to be created. One example is the H255 inter-panel hinge.

The first step in attaching a hinge to plantation shutters is to drill a hole that is large enough to hold the hinge. If you’re using a 1/4” piece of plywood, make sure the screw holes are drilled before you insert the hinge. If not, you can use a metal file to fix any protruding screw tips. Remember that the plywood shutters will have ugly edges, so if you want to make them look more finished, you can install iron on banding.

The next step in installing hinges is to align the two shutters. After determining the exact positioning of each shutter, attach hinge screws and drill the first shutter. Make sure to align the shutters’ bottoms properly. Then, install a third shutter with hinges on opposite sides of the first shutters. By alternating the hinge positions, the panels will fold neatly into a stack. A second hinge may be necessary if the shutters are extremely tall.

Routing louvers

When building plantation shutters, you must follow certain steps. First, you must cut the louvers to the required length. Once you’ve cut them to length, drill holes at each end and in the center. Then, attach the stiles to the rails with a glue gun. After the glue dries, clamp the structure together to dry. When the shutter is dry, attach the slats.

After cutting and sanding each louver slat, it’s time to measure the opening. The louvers should be spaced approximately 1 inch apart and 1/4″ apart from the top and bottom slats. To make the opening appear wider, the slats should be one inch longer than the stiles. Make sure that each seat is inserted into a 1/4-inch-deep groove in the stiles.

Next, you need to place the control arms. A 58-inch-tall louver requires two control arms. One arm controls the upper nine slats, while the second controls the lower eight. First, you need a flat sheet of metal 27 inches long and one inch wide strips. Then, mark every three inches on the slat’s upper half with a half-inch nail. After that, cut out the control arms with sheet metal snips.

Frameless vs. frame-in

There are many advantages to frameless shutters, but they are not the only type available. There are several different types of shutters, including tilt splits, which allow the top and bottom portions of the shutter to separate for greater privacy and light control. Tilt splits can be installed anywhere on the shutter panel, including the back or side. Tilt splits are also useful for homes with colonial-style decor, but many people choose to install them in contemporary decor.

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The difference between frameless and frame-in plantation shutters is in the details. The difference in appearance isn’t always immediately apparent, but frameless shutter panels look more elegant and purpose-built if the window casing is already framed. Some sidelights are too narrow to accommodate a frame. Outside mount frames are a great option, though. In addition, they can be installed directly within the window casing.


The cost of plantation shutters can vary based on the style, size, and material used. Prices are usually based on the price per square foot, but you can also get the shutters in faux wood, vinyl, or other materials. Generally, pine wood shutters are the least expensive option, while exotic woods can be more expensive than pine. Regardless of the type of wood, shutters can add value to your home, and help you lower utility costs.

Before selecting a company to install your shutters, it’s worth taking some time to learn more about the installation process. Most shutter installation contractors provide free estimates for installations. The cost of Plantation Shutters varies depending on the type of shutters you choose, but most companies will offer free estimates. You should also know that prices vary between different companies, which is expected due to their differing overhead. Prices can be lower during the late fall and early winter seasons, so try to time your installation accordingly. Additionally, be sure to take two pairs of hands when installing large shutters.


Before installing your shutters, you need to take the time to level the frames on a flat surface. After leveling the frames, you can place the panels in them, and screw the hinge pins into the sides. Be sure to use less force than necessary when tightening the screws, as too much force can split the wood. Install the shutter panels in the frame, and replace the hinge pins if needed. Then, attach the frame to the window jamb with 2-1/4 inch drywall screws. Other jambs may require different types of fasteners.

Installing plantation shutters can take as little as an hour or two, depending on the number and type of shutters you purchase. The installer will need about three feet of space for each window. Make sure to move any large furniture out of the way and clear a 3 foot wide area around each window. Also, remove any existing window treatments, such as blinds and curtains. While installing plantation shutters, you should make sure you remove any furniture and items that are in the way of the new shutters.

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s written by Itamar Ben-Dor, who has 25 years of experience in renovations, carpentry, locks, creation, landscaping, painting, furniture construction, and furniture renovation, works with concrete, plumbing, door repair, and more.

Itamar Ben-Dor has been in the home improvement business for over 25 years. Itamar Ben-Dor is a jack of all trades. He's worked in the renovation field for years, doing everything from locksmithing to carpentry. He's a small repairs specialist. But his true passion lies in furniture construction and renovation - he loves seeing old pieces come back to life with some new woodwork or a fresh coat of paint.

He has taken courses on many topics in these fields at professional colleges in Israel. Over the years, Itamar has also become quite skilled in gardening, carpentry, and renovations. He's worked on projects of all sizes, from massive renovations to small repairs. No job is too big or too small for him!

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