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How to Measure for and Install Wood Shutters

How to Measure for and Install Wood Shutters

Now that the holiday craziness is over, I’m so excited to share some of the projects we have been working on around here! One of the things I received the most questions about during my Christmas posts was our new wood shutters (and I wasn’t surprised at all– we love them too!).

You probably saw a sneak peek in our dining room

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…and if you have a really good eye, you may have spotted them in my porch post as well:

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I had never ordered or installed wood shutters before, so I learned a lot as we went through the process! Hopefully sharing our experience will be helpful for those of you who are considering wood shutters for your own home.

How to Take Measurements for and Install Wood Shutters

First, here’s a reminder of what our windows looked like on the day that we moved in:

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Pretty plain and basic, right? Our builder doesn’t add any trim other than the sill, so we had a pretty blank slate to work with. (We are planning on adding our own trim sometime down the road.) Since the dining room is in the front of the house, we wanted to make sure we got some sort of window covering in here fairly quickly, both for privacy and aesthetic purposes.

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A huge thanks to SelectBlinds for providing product for this post. My favorable opinion of gorgeous, high quality shutters is 100% my own. 🙂 This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here

Measuring and Ordering Wood Shutters

When we went to begin ordering the shutters, I did a lot of checking with the helpful support team at SelectBlinds to make sure we had all of the necessary measurements and that our window type was even a good fit for the wood shutters I had in mind.

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Inside Mount or Outside Mount Wood Shutters?

Because our windows are recessed a bit, we were able to go with inside mount shutters. To get the best possible fit, we measured the depth, width, and height of the drywall that frames each of our windows. It was important that we were as exact as possible during the measuring process– an 1/8 or 1/4 difference between two windows would make a big difference when our shutters were built.

Once we had taken measurements, we still had a few more decisions to make. We had to choose our exact shutters, of course, and we went with SelectBlinds’ Designer Wood Shutters in the color “Blanco.”

Choosing Louver Size

Based on the depth of the drywall piece that framed our window, we needed to choose a louver size. (The louvers are the wooden slats that run horizontally across the shutter.) Since we had a 2 1/2″ depth to our window area, the 2 1/2″ louver was the best choice for us.

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Selecting Panel Configuration

We also needed to choose our panel configuration. Which direction did we want our shutters to open? Could we fit one panel or two in our window? For our larger windows (about 35″ wide), we chose the two panel look, with the “1 left, 1 right” configuration. For the narrower windows (about 23″ wide), we just had room for one panel, and in our space it made the most sense to go with the “1 left” configuration.

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We could have chosen to have a dividing rail running horizontally on our shutters, but we decided against that option.

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Selecting Frame Type

And we had to choose between a standard “L” frame for our shutters or a more decorative frame. We went with the standard option since we will be adding our own trim to these windows later. (Ours is the “4 sided frame for windows with extending sill.”)

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Whew! I didn’t realize how many decisions would go into a simple set of shutters, but thankfully the team at SelectBlinds was SO helpful and walked us through every step!

Once we placed our order, the shutters were built to our home’s specifications, and they arrived a few weeks later:

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I couldn’t wait to rip into the boxes and start installing our new shutters!

Installing Wood Shutters

First we gathered up the tools we would need for the installation:

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Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters

A closer look at the counter-sink bit. This will ensure that the screws sit nice and flush with the shutter frame.

After taking the shutters out of the box, Donnie and I set them up inside the window frame and adjusted them until they were centered and level– two sets of hands is definitely helpful for this step. Thankfully all of our measurements were on point, and all of the shutters fit perfectly!

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We used the provided screws to attach the shutters to the recessed window frame once the shutters were in place. Donnie used the counter-sink bit we showed above so that the wood screws would sit flush in the wooden shutters.

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We attached each shutter with six wood screws — one on the top, one on the bottom, and two on each side. They were long enough to attach the shutters securely to the studs behind the drywall.

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Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters

Installing Magnets

The shutters came with magnets, and we had the flexibility to attach them anywhere we wanted depending on what was best for our home’s setup. We ended up attaching the magnets to the top of each swinging shutter as well as the wood shutter frame.

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Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters

The shutter doors hold securely in place without having to mess with any type of latch, which has been awesome. Whenever I’m watching for Connor’s bus or keeping an eye on the boys as they’re playing outside, I can just pop the shutters open, and then close them back up again when I’m finished.

We were pleasantly surprised at how easy the shutters were to install. They now make me smile every time I walk into the dining room because they’re so pretty! 🙂

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Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters
Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters

I have to give a big shout out to SelectBlinds for making this process so simple for us, especially with it being our first time using this type of shutter and not knowing what to expect. We could not be more thrilled with how they turned out!

And because they’re so awesome, SelectBlinds is giving Just a Girl and Her Blog readers an extra 5% off any sale they have going on on their site right now when you use the code ABBY , so if shutters, shades, or blinds are on your to-do list this year, pop over and start shopping!

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Home Decor, DIY, Plantation Shutters, Wooden Shutters, Shutter Installation, Shutter Measurements, Ordering Plantation Shutters
Get more ideas for selecting staples for every space in these posts:

How to Choose the Perfect Bamboo Shades for Your Space

Beautiful and Affordable Light Fixtures for Every Room in the House

Beautiful and Affordable Aqua Area Rugs

Have you installed wood shutters in any of the rooms in your home? I’d love to hear about your experience with them in the comments! 

Have a wonderful day!

A huge thanks to SelectBlinds for providing product for this post. My favorable opinion of gorgeous, high quality shutters is 100% my own. 🙂 This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

10 Comments

  1. I totally love shutters and have now used them in all the bedrooms, bathrooms and hallway in our home. They make such a difference to the look and feel of a room!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Totally agree! Have a great weekend, Chrissy!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says:

    This is exactly the post I was searching for! We have two huge windows that need plantation shutter. Hopping over the the company’s website to check them out!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! Hope you love them as much as I do! <3

      ~Abby =)

  3. Valerie | One Happy Housewife says:

    This post is fantastic! My hubby and I will definitely refer back to it when we install shutters! We’re hoping to start soon! Thanks for sharing!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Valerie! Best of luck with your install! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  4. They are so gorgeous! I’m so anxious to put them on my kitchen window!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I hope you love them as much as we do, Margo! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  5. Great Post! I love the rug you have under the dining room table. Could you share where that came from as well?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It is from IKEA! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

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