Before taking any measurements, you need to decide if your Shutters will be mounted inside the window frame recess (Inside Mount) or outside the window on the wall or trim (Outside Mount). We recommend an Outside Mount in most situations because it is more forgiving of unsquare windows (see Measuring Guide to determine if you windows are square).
Even if your windows have enough frame depth for Inside Mount (min. 2" with 2 1/2" louvers; min. 2 1/2" with 3 1/2" louvers), you may prefer the extra room darkening and privacy Outside Mount provides, since greater window coverage reduces light leak at shutter edges. Café Shutters cover only the bottom half of the window. Full Panel Shutters cover the entire window.
Z Frame is combination of inside and outside and mount, this is an excellent choice for slightly out of square windows because the extended leg covers any imperfections. The minimum jamb depth required is 1 1/4". Z Frame is available as a standard shutter or as a Café shutter.
Frame Sides: Your Shutters require a frame in which their hinged panels will be mounted. If your windows have a substantial existing frame, you may choose a 2-sided frame (L and R sides). If your window has a sill (or the floor) at the bottom, order a 3-sided frame (top and both sides). If you window is raised off the floor, with no sill, order a 4-sided frame.
Frame Depth: You may select either 2" or 3" deep frames for your Shutters, to complement other molding in your room or the proportions of your window. Both depths will work well with either 2 1/2" or 3 1/2" louver size.
Each Shutter you order will be constructed as one, two, three or four panels that are hinged together. You may have a choice as to the number of panels, depending on your window width (available choices in your width will be automatically displayed when you select). If you have more than one set of shutters in a room, we recommend keeping panel widths similar from window to window, for visual appeal.
Divider rail is required if shutter panel height is over 60” (50” if bifold). A second divider rail is required if panel height is over 90”. Distance between rails must be less than 50”. Although added strength is the main feature of a divider rail, it also allows bottom louvers to be fully closed for privacy and top louvers open for light. This is a No Charge Option.
When ordering Poly Shutters you have many options for which direction your shutter panels can open to. See all choices below.
1 Panel open from right to left
1 Panel open from left to right
2 Panels open from right and stack left
2 Panels open from left and stack right
2 Panels open from the center and stack on both sides
3 Panels 2 shutter panels open from the right and stack left, 1 panel opens from left and stack right
3 Panels 2 shutter panels open from the left and stack right, 1 panel opens from the right and stacks left
4 Panels Shutter ordered with 4 panels will open fromt eh center and stack on both sides.
With Poly Shutters, you may select hinges in either Antique Brass or Bright Brass plated finishes. Hinges for Painted Wood Shutters will be powder-coated White or Off-White to complement your paint choice. No Charge Option.