After our home build, we had a lot of leftover scraps and leftover projects. So we used those scraps to finish up those projects ourselves to save a bit of money. Our window shutters were one of those projects.
I get asked about where we bought the shutter and for a tutorial often, so I thought I’d put together some step-by-step instructions.
And as a home designer, I have some pretty strong thoughts about the right and wrong ways to put shutters on your home. Everywhere I go I see people breaking shutter design rules. And just like I tell my kids, just because others are doing it doesn’t make it okay. So I’ll also be showing examples of ways NOT to do shutters and how to do them correctly.
Another question I get asked every time I share my shutters is “What is the paint color?” It is Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray. Yes, it does look blue-ish.
When adding shutters to your home’s exterior, make sure your windows have space around them for the shutters to lay flat without overlapping each other or other architectural elements.
The biggest mistake people make when adding shutters is they use shutters that are too small for the window. For example: if your window is 36″ wide, you need a pair of shutters that are each 18″ wide for flanking shutters (1/2 the width of the window per shutter).
The rule is that shutters, even if you plan to screw them to the wall and never use them for their intended function (to close off the window from the outside), your shutters should at least LOOK like they could do that. If you have a 36″ window and 12″ shutters on each side of it and were to close them, you would have 12″ gap. Not good. Proportion is very important in design.
Pairs of windows: You can add shutters to a pair of windows, but the rule above applies. This time, you’ll need one wider shutter to cover the entirety of each window. If you have a pair of 36″ wide windows mulled together or very close, you’ll need TWO 36″ wide shutters, one to cover the right window, one to cover the left window.
In the above example, the windows are 24″ wide, and the shutters are 24″ wide. Each shutter in this example cover one whole window.
Sets of 3 windows mulled or grouped together. NOPE! No shutters! UNLESS you do the awning style or “Bahama Shutters” like the pic below. Otherwise, forgetaboutit.
It is okay to have some windows with shutters, and some without.
In general, pairs of shutters flanking the window look best on taller, narrower windows. And a one-flap shutter can look great on a smaller
In keeping with the rule that shutters should at least look functional, it’s good to use some shutter hardware like hinges and shutter dogs. These can be real and functional or fake. Here’s a link to some fake ones.
We are often asked where we got our shutters. Cody made them and we are sharing the process below!
These shutters are very simple to make.
They are just 1×4’s cut to match the height of the window.
There are three cross boards per shutter that hold the vertical boards in place. It’s as simple as cutting all the 1×4’s, assembling them in place for each shutter, then using wood screws from the back side to fasten them together.
To attach the shutters to the exterior wall you’ll need to use masonry anchor bolts for brick, Hardie, or stone or just use exterior wood screws if you have wood siding.