In a far away place, a long, long time ago windows did not have glass panes. What kept out intruders? Or the cold breeze? Shutters! But what is functional shutter hardware?

Today, shutters are typically direct mounted but shutters of the past had functional hardware. Meaning, the hardware used to keep the shutter on your home has a purpose, a function. Simply put, if your shutter has functional hardware, you can open and close your shutter. This was essential before glass window panes. What’s the point in investing in functional shutters? The most common reasons would be historical accuracy, tradition, personal aesthetic, and high-end curb appeal.

Types of Functional Shutter Hardware

Here are the basics of shutter hardware:

  1. Hinges – Hinges are used to attach the shutters to the building structure. They come in various sizes and styles, including strap hinges, butt hinges, and pivot hinges.
  2. Shutter Stays – Stays are used to keep the shutters in the open position. They come in different styles, including hook-and-eye and shutter dogs.
  3. Locks – Locks are used to secure the shutters in the closed position. They come in different styles, including slide bolts, thumb latches, and keyed locks.
  4. Pulls – Pulls are used to open and close the shutters. They come in various sizes and styles, including ring pulls, handle pulls, and knob pulls.

Now that you know what functional hardware is, you can decide what hardware you’d like on your shutters. If your home has raised-panel shutters try rear mount hardware. Have board and batten? Try strap hinges! And don’t forget the S-dogs!

If you’re looking to enhance your curb appeal and add value to your home, consider upgrading your shutters. Choosing to upgrade your shutters from direct mount to functional shutters will give your home the luxury aesthetic you’re looking for.