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Questions You Must Ask When Buying Indoor Shutters

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Shutters

Indoor Shutters

Indoor shutters compliment both traditional and contemporary decor and have a high resale value plus they’re good insulators. Two of the most popular are Wood Shutters and Faux Shutters. In this article you’ll learn about some of the things to be aware of when shopping shutters..

Faux Wood vs Real Wood Shutters

There are some distinctive differences such as cost, moisture resistance, weight, and selection. Real wood cost 30-40% more than Faux, that’s a big difference. But what if you want a stain or wood grain look. Then real wood is the only choice because Faux wood is only available in shades of white. Real wood has a much larger selection to choose from. As far as weight faux woods are much heavier and better in high moisture areas such as bathrooms.

Real Wood Shutter

Real Wood Shutter

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux Wood Shutters

Inside vs Outside Mount

How do you know which way to go. There’s a lot to consider. First for inside mounts, check the depth of your window. You need at least a 1-1/2 inch deep opening for a 2-1/2 inch louver the larger the louver the more clearance you’ll need. Next, check for obstructions, crank handles, window and screen locks or center mullions (the structural element which divides adjacent window units). Once you have cleared any obstructions, be aware that your inside mount shutters will make it difficult or impossible to remove your screens .

If you have tilt in windows, they won’t tilt in anymore; they will hit the frame. There is one way around this for inside mounts and I will mention it later in this article when I cover frame styles. My experience is, people prefer inside mounts, but don’t despair if you don’t have enough depth, outside mount is your answer.

Outside mounts attach on to the drywall surface around your opening. If you have wood trim, it can attach onto the trim. Outside mounts are less likely to interfere with lock crank handles, screen removal or tilt in windows.

Frame Styles

There are several different frame styles. Z frame,L frame,and hang strip or direct mount sometimes referred to as “unframed”. “Z” frame for inside mounts. “L” frames are for outside mounts. They are either four sided that fits around your opening. Or 3 sided if you have a sill (top and 2 sides, no bottom frame). Hang strips are two strips, one mounts along the inside left edge and the other to the inside right edge of your opening. Your panels will mount to these hanging strips. Next is direct mount or unframed. With direct mount, there are no frames, you mount your hinged panel directly to the inside of your opening. This mounting choice will not interfere with window or screen locks, screen removal or tilt in windows.

Outside Mount "L" Frame on existing trim

Outside Mount “L” Frame on existing trim

Inside Mount "Z" Frame mounted inside the window opening

Inside Mount “Z” Frame mounted inside the window opening

Louver Size

Make sure you have enough depth to accommodate the louver size you choose. The last thing you want is to open your shutters only to find out they hit your window and won’t tilt all the way. If you can get away with a larger louver size, when tilted open your view will be less obstructed because there is more space between each louver. 2-1/2 inches and 3-1/2 inches are the most common size.

Few More Features

Just a few more points and you will have the knowledge to choose your indoor wood shutters with confidence. Tilt bars open and close your louvers. It is usually at the center of the shutter panel, but for an added charge it can be hidden.

Also if your window is longer than 60 inches, it will need a divider rail (see above picture). This is a horizontal piece that creates a top and bottom louver section within a single panel. It adds strength to a longer panel. This works great in a bedroom. You can keep the lower section closed maintaining your privacy while opening the upper section to let the light in and have your view.

Hopefully this will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to complete your project. My wife and I love the indoor shutters we have. They add a touch of class to our rustic decor and are easy to operate. Save money by buying online and avoiding markups associated with retail stores. Save even more by measuring and installing yourself.

Have Questions Then ASK THE EXPERT

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5 Responses to “Questions You Must Ask When Buying Indoor Shutters”
  1. Mary says:

    Shutters on the inside are handy,but not good for a small house.

  2. jean Brown says:

    Hello Bo,
    I have two windows with a hight of 61” and a width of 71.5” each. The inside depth is only 1″. Can I put a flex blind? or what blind would be best for me to put at these windows. They are in the living room. Thanks for your help.

  3. Robert says:

    Hi Jean
    There are many types of treatments you can fit into one inch of depth. I would stay away from faux wood blinds because of there weight. But there are a lot of other options like cellular shades, shangri La, woven woods or romans. What would you like to put there. Also what is a flex blind.


  4. Jack Arnold says:

    Had outside mount shutters installed a little more than a year ago. Just discovered that the tilt-back cleaning feature of the windows is not going to work. Windows fail to clear shutter frames by about 1/8″ to 1/4″. These are custom shutters, and could have been made to work. In your opinion was this the failure of the seller/installer. We had just had the windows installed shortly before the shutters and had no experience using the tilt-back thing and had no clue about a possible problem.

    Any suggestions? The seller is a reputable local dealer that we would like to stay on good terms with, but we are $7000 in the hole with this.

  5. Robert says:

    Hi Jack

    Were the shutters measured before the new windows were installed? Tilt in windows are always an issue for shutters. All I can tell you is what I do. When I measure for shutters I have to take a look at the windows to see if they are the tilt in type. If they are, will the shutters prevent the window from tilting in. If they will interfer then I discuss it with the customer. In some case they really don’t care and in others tilting in is important. If I miss that step it’s my butt in the sling.
    Have you contacted the company yet to get this resolved ?


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