How to Install Plantation Shutters How to Install Plantation Shutters

Plantation window shutters are one of the most popular window treatments around. When you take into account the price, beauty and convenience they add to your home, they are also a bargain. The most common objection is the expense of hiring someone to install them. However, with very little trouble. you can avoid this expense by installing your own plantation shutters. All it takes is a few basic tools and guidance.

Things you'll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Small, resin hammer
  • Carpenters level
  • Dap chalking
  • Tin Snips


Step 1 – Mark the Wall

Typically, you install standard plantation shutters by attaching the hanging strips that are connected to them. Both the shutter and the hanging strip are connected by 2 common hinges to which the shutter and hanging strip are attached. To install the shutter evenly, you will need to mark the place on your wall where you will attach the hanging strip. With the shutter attached to it, hold the hanging strip against the wall where you want the shutter positioned. Once you have the shutter centered and positioned at the right level, make 2 marks. One mark should be located at the hanging strips outside edge, the other at its top edge.

Step 2 – Attach your Panels

Remove the pins from the panel's hinges, allowing you to separate the hanging strips from the shutters. You will be attaching the hanging strips, and you'll find it much easier to attach them if the shutters are removed. Attach the hanging strips by inserting screws through the strips and into the walls. If you are driving screws into drywall you may prefer to use expandable fasteners. When your screws are in place, re-attach the panels and replace hinge pins.

Step 3 – Adjust Panels

After attaching your hanging strips, the shutters should hang so that the bottom edges of the two panels are at the same level. If they are not even, you'll need to adjust them. You can make these adjustments at the hinges. Because the hinge screw holes are larger in diameter than the screws that fit into them, by backing the screws out to release the pressure that holds them in place you will be able to slide the hinges up or down to make the proper adjustments. Then tighten the screws to keep the hinge in place.

Step 4 -  Install Hardware and Plugs

Attach the magnetic catches that will keep the shutters closed when the metal piece and magnet are touching. When you're sure your panels are adjusted the way you want them, insert the button hole plugs that cover the screw heads.

Step 5 – Adjust Needed Louvre Tension

To adjust the tension, tighten or loosen the Philips screws in the access holes on each side of the panel, according to the adjustment you want. You can avoid over-tightening the screws if you turn them only 1/10 turn at a time. You'll be able to tell when you have the right tension, because the louvers will turn easily but will also stay in place.

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