Shutter Guides

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Two Steps to Measure for Bahama Shutters

Here Adam gives measuring info on capri, mid, or full-length bahama shutter

How to Install Bahama Shutters

If you have a drill and a level, this is for you. (Okay, maybe you’ll need a ladder too.)

How to Measure

Three ways to measure for your home or project

How to Measure Shutters

Measuring for Traditional Shutters

Measurements should be taken from the inside of the window casing. This is the area that historically functional shutters would cover.

Add to the aesthetics with Functional Hinges and Shutter Dogs.

  1. Measure A to B. This will be the height of your shutters.
  2. Measure C – D. This is the measurement for a PAIR of shutters. Divide by 2, this is the measurement for each panel.*
  3. If you have a bank of 2 or 3 windows. Measure one of the end windows and use those measurements to determine height and width for a single panel on each side of the bank.**
  4. Functional or Non-functional hinges can be used with this mounting method, but panels will be too big to actually close over the windows. If you want to close the shutters over the windows, use the Historically Accurate Method to measure.

*If you are ordering functional shutters, because there could be variation, measure three locations – once near each side and once in the center – and use the smallest of the three measurements. Do this for both the height and the width. If you are planning to actually close your shutters, we recommend you deduct 1/4” from your smallest measurement to ensure clearance.

**If you have a bank of two windows, and are planning on closing the shutters, you will have to have the panels bi-folded to work. This requires additional hardware.

 

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Measuring for Arches

Note the details in the traditional shutter measurements
  1. Measure A to B. This is the overall height of the shutters, the tallest point in the window.
  2. Measure E to F. This is the “breakline” where the arch begins.
  3. Measure C to D. This is overall width of the pair of shutters.
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Measuring for Bahama Shutters

Bahama Shutters can be installed in any area where shade or moderate privacy is needed. They can be mounted on windows, porches or gazebos.

Make sure you have a good mounting surface for the top hinges and the bottom stays.

  1. Measure A to B for the overall height.
  2. Measure C to D for the overall width.
  3. Note whether you would like vertical stiles and the number you want. Required on Bahama Shutters over 50” in width.

How to Install

Three ways to install your new shutters, give these to your contractor or tackle this yourself.

Direct Mount Shutters

Direct Mount

Mount with six or more 3″ fasteners directly through the front of the shutter panel in a groove or crease.

For Brick or Stone use “TapCon” masonry screws. For all other surfaces use galvanized decking screws.

Or use hidden mounting brackets mounted on the back of the shutter. Brackets allow shutters to easily lift off for painting and cleaning and no fasteners show at the front.

Aesthetic or Authentic Method of measuring can be used.

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    Dummy Mount

    Direct Mount as noted in A, then apply “dummy” or “faux” hinge fronts on top.

    You may also add shutter dogs for aesthetic value, but these are optional.

    Aesthetic or Authentic Method of measuring can be used.

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      Authentic Mount

      Mount with Operable Hinges (“L” or strap), pintles and shutter dogs.

      Shutter dogs are required with operable hinges and bolt latches are required if the shutters are to be closed over the windows.

      Aesthetic or Authentic Method of measuring can be used, but the Authentic Method must be used in order to closer over windows.