DIY Guide: Installing Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters have burst onto the scene of window furnishings in the last 5 years, emerging as one of the most popular choices for window shades, particularly in modern home designs.

They are incredibly versatile and they have such a classic timeless style to them.

However, they also come with a price tag, and although they have dropped in price over time, it can still cost up to $250/psqm to install them.

Another option is to Do it Yourself!

DIY plantation shutters are fast becoming popular in Australia. There are plenty of online store which you can order from for significantly less than buying a full-service installation. Here is a rough guide on how to install them if you are the DIY type:


The Tools Required

  • Tape measure (use a rigid metal one)
  • Drill with ¼” drill bit
  • Level
  • Pencil


Instructions On How To Measure

  • Each measurement needs to be to the exact millimetre
  • You need to Measure Width X Drop and avoid reversing these measurements
  • When you measure look out for any obstacles that may affect how the plantation shutters operate. This can include door handles, window handles, kitchen benches and so forth. You will need to make allowances for such obstacles
  • Concentrate when you are making the measurements and make sure that your tape measure is straight

Face Fit Shutters:

When it comes to the width you should measure the same way that you will blinds, but concentrate on measuring the top, the centre and the bottom.

For each drop of the face-fit shutter, measure in 3 places which includes the left, the centre and the right.

Recess Fit Shutters:

When measuring the width, on a recess fit use the same technique as blinds from the top, the centre and the bottom. For the drops measure the left, the centre and the right.

Additional Measurements For Plantation Shutters:

The additional measurement required for plantation shutters will be to measure the depth of the window. To do this task locate the item that protrudes the furthest such as a lock or a handle. Now measure from the point of this item onto the front part of your window frame.

The plantation shutters are outstanding window treatments that match with a variety of décor styles such as traditional onto cottage. In addition, the shutter types are practical as they assist in insulating your windows and reduce the allergens that are typically found in the fabric types of window treatments.

Step One: How To Install The Frame

Once your plantation shutters Sydney have finally arrived, unpack the frames. The installation of the frame will depend on whether they are recess fit or a framed shutter.

Hidden Frame (The Recess Fit):

For the hidden frame, mark 30mm in the front part of your window frame in three spots on the width and the height.

Now line up your hang strip so that the hinge is facing in a forward position along your 30mm line. Make sure that this particular part is extremely precise as it will ensure the rest of your installation is much easier.

Now screw the frame into its place. You need to use a minimum of 1 screw for each hinge.

The next step involves taking your light-block piece followed by lining it up along your 30mm marks and then screw these into place. Usually one on either end and one in the centre will be enough.

Framed Shutter:

For the framed shutters, the frame should be marked at the top, the bottom, the right and left.

Place your frame facing downwards in a towel, rug or carpet, to avoid scratching or damaging the face of this frame.

Now join up your frame together by tapping very gently using a hammer.

Recess Fit Framed Shutter

For the recess fit, use the straight edge for your guide and line up the shutter-frame onto the front part of your window.

Now screw in each corner of your frame.

Use a screw for each hinge. Make sure you screw the bottom and top on each corner as well as at the centre.

Face Fit Framed Shutter:

The face fit frame is generally made in the same size as an architrave.

For a face lift frame. Line up the top part of your frame, with the top part of your architrave. Screw in the middle part of the top followed by the 2 corners. Repeat this step with the sides and the bottom.

Step Two: Installing The Shutter Panels

The shutter louvers will always face up when they are closed fully and the hinge will face forwards. This 1 will be the left shutter, because the hinge is positioned on the left side. Insert your shutter panel into your hinges and then insert the hinge-pin. Now test the close and open mechanism.

The Adjustments

When the shutter panel touches the bottom or the top part of your window frame, you are able to adjust the shutters by loosening each hinge screw slightly and then lower or raise the panel. Once you have made the necessary adjustments, insert the provided locking screw and take off the double-sided tape and then insert the cover strips.


Cleaning Your Plantation Shutters

Once you have your shutters installed, they are quite maintenance-free, however they will look even better in the years to come if you give them a gentle clean every now and then. For information on cleaning plantation shutters and follow the guide on that site.

Cleaning Basswood Plantation Shutters

If your plantation shutters are made from Basswood timber, it is advisable to keep things very simple. You should avoid using harsh cleaning agents or materials as well as using too much water. It is best to use a dust cloth, a vacuum, brush or a small damp brush.

Start off by running your vacuum with a brush attachment over your shutters in order to remove the debris and dust. Then use a dusting cloth to wipe between each of the shutters.

Cleaning PVC Plantations

Plantation shutters come in a variety of materials other than timber that also include the polywoods. These synthetic materials can withstand harsher cleaning agents or materials when required.

Begin with vacuuming the shutters to remove the majority of the debris and dust. Follow this step using a soft cloth with a mild cleaning solution or just water when needed.


Looking for More

Another great DIY project that is slightly more stress-free is the installation of Outdoor Blinds. Our friends from will be coming by in a few weeks to teach us how to install these amazing looking blinds. So if you are looking to enhance your outdoor patio area, it could be:

  • Be protected from sun
  • Protected from rain
  • Sheltered from the wind
  • Have extra privacy
  • Block out mosquitos and flies
  • And protect your outdoor furniture

Circular Saw Buying Guide

A circular saw is a very handy tool to have around your workshop. Although there are lots of great models out there that will get the job done, paying some attention to the one you pick out will ensure that you get the best possible value for your money.

At a glance, the untutored layman might not be able to see a lot of differences among the many models of circular saw on display at the hardware store. You need to look deeper than brands and colors to understand why one saw costs less than $50 while the one next to it costs nearly $300. This guide will help you navigate the subtle mysteries of the circular saw world and find your way to a tool that’s both effective and affordable.

Weight and reliability are probably the most important factors to consider when buying a circular saw. Durability primarily comes from good materials and sturdy construction. Light weight is a characteristic that makes the saw easier to use; you can cut longer and maneuver the saw better when it weighs less. These aren’t the only characteristics to look at, though!

DWE575SB by DeWalt

The DWE575SB model from DeWalt is on the lower end of the price spectrum, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less useful or reliable than a more expensive circular saw. All of the tools under the DeWalt brand offer the same quality materials and careful craftsmanship that ensure great durability and reliability. The DWE575SB is an excellent saw to keep around for odd jobs, but it won’t let you down if you put it to work every day, either.

5377MG by Makita

Makita has built on decades of selling versatile and reliable tools to earn its place as a known and trusted brand. The 5377MG, a hypoid-type circular saw, certainly fits in with the rest of the manufacturer’s offerings. It will deliver many years of faithful service, and it’s particularly noted for its light weight and easy handling. The hypoid gearing system is an innovation that delivers steadier power while you work.

SH01W by Makita

Makita’s super light battery-powered circular saw is the perfect tool for DIY use in the home. It’s sturdy enough to handle professional work as well, but the convenience of battery power and the compact portability of the saw’s design make it particularly well-suited to odd jobs around the home.

Best Cordless Drill Reviews 2016

The 7 Best Cordless Drills On The Market

We’ve tested out plenty of cordless drills. With that said, you’re probably wondering what the best cordless drills on the market are. Here are some of our favorites.

1. The CRAFTSMAN 19.2V 315.119100

This drill costs $180 and it is very agile. Not only that, but the drill is equipped with a feature that let’s you know how much battery life you have left. It also has a work light and it has a heavy bottom, which allows it to stand firmly when on the bench. However, the one thing we didn’t like about this particular drill is that the reverse switch and the forward switch can easily end up in the middle of the positions.

2. The DEWALT 18V DC927 Drill

For $349, you get a drill that is very easy to handle and the clutch ring turns smoothly and it features a 3-speed transmission. Furthermore, this drill can bore 18 one-inch holes through four-times lumber, which is impressive. It is also capable of driving 256 screws into a beam, but we find that the drill’s driving chops are boring.


This drill goes for $279 and it bores holes and drives screws very fast. We love that it is loaded with great features, which includes a switch that limits power and a work light that pivots. As for what we didn’t like, we weren’t fans of the high-low switch. In fact, we believe you can sprain a thumb trying to switch between the two and this is because the switch is very stiff.


This drill sells for $329 and this could very well be one of the best power tools out there. It has a high-torque motor and the drive-train is powerful too and it has a great industrial design. It may be heavy and it’s large too, but it handles very easily due to how the handle is shaped and it features quite a bit of rubber over-mold. However, sliding the switch to change from hammer to drill was difficult.

5. The RIDGID R86006

The R86006 costs $189 and it is known for its slim profile, as well as for how easy it is to handle. It holds its bit clip firmly, but not too tightly, which is a great feature that many other designers tend to neglect. The battery could be bigger and it would be nice is there were easier to understand icons on the charger for the battery. Other than that, we have no complaints about this drill and we highly recommend it.

6. The RYOB P203

For $199, you can buy this drill, which punches holes and drills down fasteners in a way that’s comparable to how other top drills are able to do the job. There really isn’t many bad things that can be said about this tool, especially when you consider that it performs very well and doesn’t cost that much money. If we had to choose one thing we didn’t like about it, we would say the clutch ring is quite slippery and you can expect to struggle when you try to remove the battery.

7. SKIL 18V 791

This SKILL drill only costs $100 and it is light, as well as perfect to use for driving small screws through drywall. There’s a few things we didn’t like about it, with one being the that taking the battery off and putting it back on is stiff. Not only that, but after it was tested out, the drill’s motor was very hot.

Those are the best cordless drills on the market. All of those drills are unique in their own way. Compare each one and then choose the one you think will meet your needs the most.