How to fit shutters

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Posted 05/07/2018

 

A simple step-by-step guide to fitting shutters

Some of the easiest blinds to install are:

 

  • Lay out and assemble your shutter pieces
  • Carefully mark and drill your fixing holes before loosely fixing to the wall
  • Adjust your shutters to find the perfect position
  • Remove your panels and fix your frames to the wall 
  • Hang your panels, secure your hinges and seal any gaps with caulk

 

Graceful, elegant and available in styles and finishes to match your windows and home décor, shutters allow you to make ideal use of warming, natural sunlight. For the times when a little more privacy is needed, shutters are quickly and easily adjusted to your preferred setting. You can choose to block out the light when bedtime comes round or start your day by tilting the shutters, so you don’t have to get dressed in the dark or with unnatural light. If you’re looking for bay window inspiration, shutters are a beautiful design option that you may not have considered.

 

For the best possible results, it’s crucial your shutters are fitted snuggly. They can be a little trickier to put in place than some other window dressings, so be sure to read how to measure for shutters before placing your order. When your shutters arrive, follow these simple steps for installation. 

 

Preparing to fit shutters 

 

Carefully open and layout your shutters, positioning frames around the panels and slide the corners together to create your frame. Assemble your tools and make sure they’re ready for action. Clear the space, ensuring furniture and furnishings aren’t in your way.

 

 

Drill fixing holes

Once assembled, lift your frames into place (you might need two people for this). If you have an L-shaped frame, you’ll need to centre it and may need to pack it at either side. Depending on the style of shutter you’re fitting, you’ll need to create some fixing holes at the top of the frame. Mark holes by partially drilling the screws in. Then fully remove the screws and the frame before drilling a full hole and inserting your raw plugs.

 

Position panels

Lift the frame back in and partially drill your screws back in, so the frame is loosely fitted to the wall. You should still able to move it so you can make any adjustments as you go. Mark and prepare the rest of your screw holes by partially screwing then removing.

 

Remove panels and fix frame

Once you have your markers, take out the hinge pins and carefully remove your panels. Release the initial screws holding your frame in place and remove, so you can drill and plug each of the new holes before bringing the frame back into place, aligning holes with those in your frame. Fix it firmly to the wall by screwing in place and capping.

 

Hang the panel and finish edges 

 

Replace the panels in the frame, making any required adjustments to the spacing and position before securing the hinges in place. If you have any gaps around the frame, use decorator’s caulk to seal them, wiping off any residue as you go.

 

 

Tools and materials  

Make sure you’re prepped for a project well done by gathering together the tools and materials you’ll need to fit your shutters properly. You’re likely to need:

 

  • A sharp pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • A spirit level
  • A drill
  • Screws, plugs, caps (as provided)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Caulk
  • A damp cloth

 

While it may take a little more effort and know-how to fit a set of window shutters compared to blinds, the attractive and practical finish they provide is definitely worth it.

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