4 Decisions to Make Before Ordering Interior Window Shutters

Abigail Sawyer | 08 Feb 2016 | Shutters

Custom Window Shutters are available with lots of exciting options so you can fit your home's style perfectly. Before you place your order, consider these 4 options for customizing your shutters.

Seng, who writes at Sengerson.com, walks us through the choices she made in ordering her Blinds.com Premium Wood Shutters.

Four Options for Custom Shutters

In the past, ordering faux wood or wood shutters was intimidating and complicated, but now with Blinds.com's easy-to-use customization process, you'll just enter a few details about your window and we do the heavy lifting. Plus if you'd like help, a Blinds.com designer can guide you through the process and double check your order.

1. Framing and Divider Rails

Shutter panel style would you like?

You can choose full shutters which open as one panel...

white interior shutters in a beige living room

...cafe shutters which only cover half the window for a clear view at eye level...

white café shutters in a bay window

...or double hung shutters which can be opened at the top and bottom separately.

white double hung shutters

Divider rails are another available option for your shutter panels. A divider rail is a stationary strip that allows you to open the top louvers while leaving the bottom closed.

brown interior shutters in a sitting area

You can also choose the exact height you'd like your divider rail to be. Seng ordered hers right above the banquette seating in her kitchen nook.

2. Mounting Options

Shutters can be mounted outside the window opening or inside.  To decide which is right for you, start by looking to see if you have molding around your window opening.

We recommend mounting shutters inside the window opening when you do have decorative trim or molding around your window. With an inside mount, shutters will attach directly to the window frame with hinges or to a small wooden shutter frame. This is sometimes called an "L" frame.

inside mount shutter frame options

If you do not have decorative molding around your window, we recommend that you choose an outside mount. This mount style has built-in molding that will give your window a finished look. An "L" frame goes outside your window opening, while a "Z" frame overlaps the corners of your window opening.

outside mount shutter frame options

Not sure which to choose? As you enter information about your windows on Blinds.com, we'll help you decide. Also, Blinds.com designers are available to help at 800-505-1905.

3. Louver Sizes

Shutters are available in 2 1/2 inch, 3 1/2 inch and 4 1/2 inch louver sizes. Larger louvers give a clearer view out while smaller louvers give a more proportional look to small windows.

closeup of interior shutters

Seng selected 3 1/2 inch louvers which compliment her tall ceilings and large windows.

4. Tilting Options

Would you like to tilt your shutters with a traditional tilt bar, or have a clearer view out with a modern hidden tilt?

Either option will function the same. It's all about which look you like best.

front tilt versus hidden tilt options

Ready to Order?

Follow our guide, how to measure for window shutters, to get started.

If you need help deciding, Blinds.com's expert designers are standing by and would love to help you create the window look of your dreams. You can reach them by phone (800-505-1905), email or live chat.

Want the Look?

Special thanks to Seng from Sengerson.com for the helpful video and photos featured in this post. Her Blinds.com Premium Wood Shutters featured in this post were ordered with full panels, an inside mount "L" frame, 3 1/2 inch louvers and a center tilt bar.

Seng also had her shutters custom color matched to her trim paint. We'll tell you more about that option in an upcoming post!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw