Shutters For Windows

Complete Measuring Workbook

This workbook summarizes most of the information available online about shutters for windows, including traditional shutter and plantation shutter specifications and available configurations.

The workbook also contains detailed measuring instructions, which are necessary for ordering shutters. We present multiple methods of installation so you can select the best approach for your windows. You will then provide us with the window dimensions, and we will construct the shutter units, making all of the necessary allowances for fit. All components necessary for installation of shutters for windows are included with every order.

The workbook does NOT contain interior shutter prices, which are available exclusively online.

Inside Mount - Direct to Jamb (INJ)
INJ - shutters for windows

Suggested for deep square window openings with a wood window jamb. Shutters for windows attach directly to the window jamb using butt hinges that are mortised into the hanging stiles of the shutter. Traditional shutters require a ¾” mounting surface and 1-1/4” total depth for the louvers to rotate. Plantation shutters require a 1” mounting surface and at least 1-7/8” total depth for the louvers to rotate.

Inside Mount - On Rear Hang Strips (INH)
INH - shutters for windows

Suggested for deep window openings that have a plaster, drywall, or wood window jamb, or windows that are not square. Shutters for windows attach to rear hang strips with adjustable offset L-shaped hinges. The hang strips hide behind the interior shutter panels and attach to the window jamb with screws. The hang strips and offset hinges adjust during installation for easy alignment in windows that are not square. Traditional shutters require a 2” mounting surface and total depth for the louvers to rotate. Plantation shutters require at least a 2-3/8” mounting surface and total depth for the louvers to rotate.

Outside Mount - Frame on Wall (FOW)
FOW - installation method

Suggested for full height shutter units installed on windows that do NOT have existing trim. An L-shaped frame surrounds the shutter unit on three or four sides. The frame attaches to the wall just to the outside of the window opening. An FOW mounting method is most often used when an inside installation is not possible or the opening is out of square.

Outside Mount - Frame on Trim (FOT)
FOW - measuring guide

Suggested for full height shutter units installed on windows that have existing trim. An L-shaped frame surrounds the shutter unit on three or four sides. The frame attaches to the face of the existing trim outside of the window opening. An FOT mounting method is most often used when an inside installation is not possible or the opening is out of square. A ¾” or wider flat surface on the trim face is necessary for installation.

Outside Mount - Hang Strip on Wall (HOW)
HOW - window shutter

Suggested for café type shutters for windows that do NOT have existing trim. Hang strips attach to the wall slightly beyond the window opening on each side of the shutter unit. The installation method is typically used when an inside installation is not possible or the opening is out of square.

Outside Mount - Hang Strip on Trim (HOT)
HOT - outside installation

Suggested for café type shutter units installed on windows that have existing trim. Hang strips attach to each side of the shutter unit to the face of the existing trim outside of the window opening. The installation method is typically used when an inside installation is not possible or the opening is out of square.

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A shutter unit that only covers the lower portion of a window.
A shutter unit that is made specifically for an individual window opening.
A horizontal bar that creates top and bottom louver sections, allowing the sections to rotate independently.
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters on the top and one on the bottom.
Ornamental wood attached to the wall to the outside of the window opening. Generally used to give the window a finished appearance.
Paint or stain.
Used for mounting custom shutter units to the outside of a window opening and can have either 3 or 4 sides.
A vertical strip that extends the length of the shutter unit hinged to the outside stile of a shutter panel. Generally used for cafe type shutter units.
Measurement top to bottom of the window opening according to our measuring instructions. Or, the desired panel height for café type shutters.
A two-leaf device that connects a shutter to the mounting surface or joins two shutters together.
Movable horizontal slats contained within a shutter panel.
A rectangular cavity in shutter stile for inserting a hinge – allowing a tighter fit to the side of the window or hang strip.
A single shutter. Most shutter units consist of more than one shutter panel.
A cut or groove along the edge of a stile between panels that allows them to form a joint to reduce light penetration.
Horizontal bar at the top, bottom, or across the center (divider rail).
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters from top to bottom.
A window is considered square if the difference between the largest measurement and the smallest is no larger than 3/16 inches and the difference between the diagonal measurements is less than 3/16 inches.
Vertical bar found along either side of a shutter panel.
Traditional or Plantation.
The number of shutter panels from top to bottom. See single tier and double tier.
Vertical bar used for adjusting the louver position.
Shutter panels and other necessary components (hanging strips, hardware, etc.)
that work together to fit a window opening.
Area just beyond the window opening if there is no existing trim.
Measurement side to side of the window opening according to our measuring instructions.
Vertical sides of the window opening. This area will be used to attach a shutter unit using either the INJ or INH mounting methods.