How to Build Batten Board Shutters

What You'll Need
Waterproof wood glue
Wood stain or paint
Nail gun
Tape measurer
8 2 3/4 inch screws

If you are looking for a way to brighten up the exterior of your home, batten board shutters are an affordable option. These do it yourself shutters don’t take a lot of time to make and are a more cost efficient option that repainting or re-shingling the outside of your home.


Before you can start making them, you will need to know how large to make your batten board shutters. To do this, measure the length and width of the windows you want to shutter. Batten board shutters are typically the same length as the windows, but only half the width. This is to ensure that they complement the windows and don’t overtake them.

Once you have your measurements, you will need to purchase the wood to make your shutters. While you can pick any wood that you like, cedar is the most commonly used wood for shutters due to its durability. Each window shutter will require at least two pieces that are each the same width as your measurements. If you are shuttering an extremely long window, you may want to use a third horizontal piece to keep the shutters balanced looking. With the vertical pieces you will want three that, when added together, equal the total width that you want for the shutters.


Place one of the vertical pieces on a flat surface, like the floor or a table. Using the waterproof glue, attach it to a second vertical piece making sure that the tops and bottoms of the two pieces are flush and even. Then attach the last piece to the first two pieces, also making sure that it is flush and even. Do the same for the other three vertical pieces that will make up the second shutter.

Next you will attach the horizontal pieces (the battens). Depending on the length of the window, you will want to place your battens between 8 and 12 inches from the bottom and the top of the shutter. (If they are shorter windows, you will want to stick with 8 inches.)

The battens are supposed to be evenly spaced from the top and bottom, but not evenly spaced from each other. Once you have marked the right spot, attach the battens using the wood glue. You can also nail the battens to the shutters with a nail gun, making sure that the nails go through the outward facing side of each shutter. Space the nails approximately 5 inches apart


Once assemble, paint or stain your shutter using a waterproof stain or paint. Let the shutters dry before attaching them to your house. Drill a 2 3/4 inch screw into each corner of the shutter.