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How to Measure for Plantation Shutters
STEP 1: Determine Type Of Mount
Plantation shutters may be mounted either inside the window frame or outside the window frame to the wall or molding. Unless you have casing, trim, cabinets or other obstructions that will interfere with the shutters we HIGHLY recommend outside mount shutters as they are easier to measure and install. There are 2 factors that determine whether an inside mount is possible.
Window Frame DepthIn order to mount inside the window frame you will need a minimum of 2 1/2" of depth. Measure from the front edge of the window frame to the window or the first obstruction such as a window crank.
Window Frame SquarenessIn order to determine if your window is square, measure the window diagonally. If the 2 measurements differ by more than 1/2" we recommend an outside mount shutter. Outside mount shutters are mounted to the wall outside the window frame.
STEP 2: Measure Window
STEP 3: Panels
Number of PanelsThe number of panels in each plantation shutter will vary based on your window size. Multiple panels within the same shutter will be divided equally and will be all be the same size.
Panel ConfigurationPanel configuration determines how each panel will be open and close on the hinges. See diagram for popular shutter panel configurations.
STEP 4: Divider Rails(Optional)
Divider rails are used to provide stability to larger shutter panels (typically over 60" high). They also divide the top and bottom shutter louvers. Each section may be operated independently.
If you are ordering shutters mounted side by side for windows of different heights, you will want to specify the height of each divider rail so each shutter will align. Each measurement is taken form the bottom of the shutter frame to the center of the divider rail(See diagram).
Attention: Divider rail position may vary based on shutter louver size to allow for louver placement.
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