How to Build Interior Window Shutters Part 3 How to Build Interior Window Shutters Part 3
After the indoor window shutters have been measured and assembled, they will need to be fitted to the window opening. Use a steel tape for all measurements to ensure greater accuracy. Fabric tape, folding rulers or yardsticks will not offer the same accuracy as a steel tape.
Step 1 – Inside Window
The preferred method of installing shutters is to mount them directly onto the window jamb inside the opening of the window. This is a cleaner method than mounting them outside the opening of the window and does not need any frame or hang strips. The window should be reasonably square and have a sturdy jamb for the attachment of the screws. The depth of the window may be determined by measuring from the window's front plane back to the closest protrusion that may prevent the louvers from moving. Take into account how wide you made the louvers in Part 2 of this series of articles. Another mounting method uses hang strips at the rear, which are hidden behind the panels and allow up and down, left and right adjustment for easy alignment. If the window is not square or has a dry wall gap and no wood jamb, this is a good way to overcome the problem. Any installation that uses side hang strips attached to the jamb does not look good and will decrease the width of both panels and the louver area, restricting the view through the louvers. If there is not enough depth in the window opening to mount the shutters inside the window, the outside of the opening is the next option available.
Step 2 – Outside Window
When mounting the shutters on the outside of the window, a frame is needed on three or four sides of the window opening, depending on whether there is a lower sill. This frame is attached to the wall or to the existing trim. If you are installing a café shutter (the top and bottom halves of the shutter may be opened or closed independently of each other), use hang strips on each side of the panel. The hang strips or frame are screwed straight onto the wall or to the trim and the shutter hinges to the hang strips or frame.
Step 3 – Finishing
Once the shutters have been installed and checked for correct operation to make sure they are aligned properly, open and close on their hinges, and the louvers can be positioned, then the shutters can be finished off. This can be done in place, although they can be removed and the finishing completed in the workshop, which may make for a neater job. The shutters should be carefully finished with a good quality stain or paint. If the shutters are to be painted, they should first be sanded then primed, sanded again, and then painted. If possible, spray paint over paint that has been brushed on for a smoother finish. Wipe off all drips from a stained shutter and apply a clear coat for protection.