How to Build Nonfunctional Wooden Window Shutters How to Build Nonfunctional Wooden Window Shutters

What You'll Need
Drill
Wood slats or shutter panels
Mortar screws
Pencil
Drill bit
Level

Building wooden window shutters is a simple task that can be done in a few hours. Shutters are typically used as decoration, especially those that are made as nonfunctional. While they do not have much of a purpose, besides adding to the design of the home, their element of style really does make your home look sleek and complete. If you are looking for a more classic look without the hassle of having working shutters, consider installing nonfunctional ones that do not move. Here are the tools and materials that you will need, along with a step by step guide.

Step 1 - Measure

You will need to begin by measuring the window or area that you plan on having the shutters go. Map out where you want them and then use a tape measure to determine the height and width of the area that needs to be covered. One big hint that can help save you a headache is to measure a few different times for the width as well as for the height. The best way to do this is by measuring the height on the right, middle and left going up and down. Then, move on to the width and measure the top, bottom and center from left to right. The reason you should do this is because there is a chance that the area is uneven and this is the best way of measuring accurately before you begin to cut. Even if they are all the same measurements, you will at least know now that you have it right and have triple-checked before you begin to cut the wood. 

Step 2 - Drill Holes in Wood

Lay out the wood shutters or slats and then mark an inch in from each side with a pencil. Use the drill and drill bit to make a hole where you marked. Be sure that they are lined up the same on each one so that they are even. You may want to have a friend help you with this step so that you get all of the wood cut evenly. Or use a work bench that has a clamp that can hold them tight while you cut. If you plan on painting or finishing the wood, it is best to do so before you attach them. If painting, allow them to dry completely before you hang.

Step 3 - Drill Home

As you did with the shutters, pre-drill the holes on the house where you want them to go. This makes for an easier installation and helps to ensure that they are even. Take your time and be sure to mark before drilling.

Step 4 - Hang

Attaching the shutter isn't difficult, but may be easier with the help of a partner to hold it up straight while you work. Since you already drilled the holes, all you need to do is line up the shutter against your home and attach the mortar screws. Be sure to tighten them so that they are secure enough to withstand harsh weather if need be.

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