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

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