Getting plantation shutters is an exciting new step to take for your home. However, there are plenty of factors to consider and questions you’re bound to have. For example, plenty of people wonder whether plantation shutters will work for their home and the size of their windows.
Let’s dive into that question and more in our guide to all things plantation shutters!
This blog explains the impact window size has on plantation shutters and answers some other common questions customers have. For personalised advice, contact our team at Complete Blinds today.
What Size Do My Windows Need to Be?
Plantation shutters haven’t dwindled in popularity over the years. Chances are, a big reason why would be the total versatility they offer. No matter the size of your window, there is a plantation shutter design that will be able to cater to it. Any decor, style of architecture, and functionality preferences you have can be tailored to with plantation shutters. Every shutter is unique and built to suit each individual window in your home!
It’s important to measure your windows accurately, especially if your window is slightly oddly shaped. While there are likely solutions to compliment the unique specifics of your home, you may need to take the time to draft out potential plans and work closely with a shutters expert to find a design.
Should I Get an Inside or Outside Mount?
When you contact a professional about installing plantation shutters, they’re likely going to ask you whether you want an inside or outside mount. So, what’s the difference? To put it simply, shutters fitted within the window are an inside mount, while shutters fitted to the surrounding wall are an outside mount. For most people, picking between the two is a matter of personal preference, though there are a couple of factors to consider.
Firstly, the size of your window recess will affect your decision. The depth of space between the window and wall matters, and if your window has a shallow recess, an outside mount might be best. Shutters that are inside mounted are likewise preferable if you have a decorative trim around the edges of your window.
Do I Need Z or L Frames?
Different types of plantation shutters will require different frames for effective installation. If you’re using an outside mount, then there isn’t any choice required, as they will require a specific type of L frame to work. Inside mounts, however, can use either a Z or L frame. There are a couple of specific factors that will affect which frame you need, and a shutters expert will be able to advise you better on the matter. The frame best suited to your window depends on whether there are any obstacles in the way that could change the function of your shutters.
Examples of obstacles that could affect what frame you need include:
- Window winders
- Halfway window sills
- Door handles
What Louvre Size is Best?
The term ‘louvres’ refers to the slats that make up your plantation shutters. There is a range of louvre sizes you can choose from, and there really isn’t one right answer! At the end of the day, it’s all about your preferences and what you find most visually appealing for your home. Thin, smaller louvres tend to be more traditional, while larger louvres are rather contemporary and stylish. If you’re looking for a good rule of thumb to go by, the most common way of choosing is to give large windows large louvres, and small windows small louvres. It’s all up to you!
Is Motorisation an Option?
Most plantation shutters are manually controlled – however, with technology rapidly developing, automatic shutters are becoming all the more popular! Motorisation can offer you remote control of your shutters, often allowing you to control them with a smart phone from anywhere. In the case of sudden unexpected wild weather, you can even get shutters that have sensors for motion and wind. Give yourself the peace of mind that your shutters will respond accordingly as extreme weather rolls in!
Contact Complete Blinds to Get Your Very Own Plantation Shutters
Adding plantation shutters can enhance your property. Great function, wonderful design options, and the capacity to raise the overall value of your home are all on offer. So, why wait? If you’re ready to start your journey toward the shutters of your dreams, Complete Blinds is the team of Melbourne experts you need on your side. Contact us today to start designing.