Should shutters be longer or shorter than window?

Author: Mr. Rodrigo Marks DDS  |  Last update: Friday, May 20, 2022

For the most authentic look, we recommend measuring only the window opening not including any frame or trim around it. Typically, the width of your shutters should be half of your total window width. However, vinyl shutters are available in a handful of sizes.

Can shutters be shorter than the window?

Shutters should be the same size as the window opening. Whether one or in a pair, when held up to the window they should fit as if they were going to be closed. Most of the time I see shutters that are incorrect in length and/or width.

Should shutters be taller or shorter than window?

Recommended Shutter Width For Windows

The height of window shutters you should order is generally the actual height of the opening not counting the sill should you have one; however, many customers prefer to have the panels a little taller than the actual opening height.

How tall should your shutters be?

In most cases, the height of decorative shutter that is most appropriate is from the top to the bottom of the window trim. If there is a sill at the bottom of the window and you are installing vinyl shutters, it is important to leave a gap of at least 1/4 inch to allow the vinyl material to expand and contract.

Do shutters make a house look smaller?

White shutters, if matched to your window trim, can make a smaller house appear larger. Black shutters can especially pop on larger homes. Think of other dark colors, too.

Should you select large or small slats for your window shutters?

Are shutters out of style 2021?

Window Treatment Styles And Designs That Are Out in 2021

Speaking of shutters, gray and gray-tone wood grain is rising in popularity for shutters, with all-white and dark wood shutter stains declining in popularity.

How do you measure for window shutters?

Measuring for shutters tips:

Always take two measurements. As each window is not created equal, the measurements you take at the top of the window will vary slightly from the one taken along the bottom. Measure the opening along the top of the window, then measure along the bottom.

Do exterior shutters add value to your home?

With exterior shutters, you can improve your home's value and a lot more. This window treatment technique protects your house, boosts energy efficiency, and improves curb appeal. Shutters also enhance privacy and help transform the exterior décor.

What are standard shutter sizes?

The Raised Panel version of the standard size shutters are available with a center mullion in 12" and 14.75" wide versions and 31" to 80" high with heights available every few inches. There is also Williamsburg Standard shutter in the 67" height that has a offset center mullion that is called "Cottage Style".

How do you measure for functional exterior shutters?

Measure for the shutter height at the left side, middle, and right side of the window opening from the top of the window to the bottom excluding any window sill. If the heights vary at each of these points, use the smallest of the three measurements. This measurement will be the height of the shutter you need to order.

Should all exterior shutters be the same width?

Shutter Width

When choosing the width of your exterior shutters, you should take into consideration the width of the window and the distance the windows are spaced apart. It is generally best to find a single width that works for all of your windows.

Where should shutters be placed on a house?

Shutters should always be directly against the trim of a window – not floating nearby.
Don't Do This | Shutter Fails
  1. If your window doesn't have space on both sides, it's best to skip the shutters.
  2. The same can be said for corner windows.
  3. And bay windows.

What type of wood is used for shutters?

Cedar is the most commonly used wood as a material for creating exterior shutter. Not only shutters, but cedar wood is also actually used for many exterior applications. The chief reason for using cedar is that it's dimensionally stable. This means it's resistant to warping and twisting.

When should you not use shutters?

They are distracting, heavy and not symmetrical or balanced. And the one window is too wide for shutters. A good rule of thumb if you are considering adding (or trying to decide whether to keep) shutters: if your windows are wider than they are tall, they won't look good with shutters.

Are shutters going out of style?

When looking at the trend chart, it appears “plantation shutters” as a search term online is trending slightly downward, but that was a few years ago after reaching it's most popular era. It's flat-lined for now which means while it's not trending upward, it's sufficiently popular so as to not be “out of style”.

Are outdoor shutters outdated?

Today, shutters are used extensively all over the world, for functional and aesthetic purposes. Do all houses need shutters? Absolutely not, and many, many houses would look much better without shutters, rather than with “today's” shutters.

Can exterior shutters be longer than the window?

When measuring for shutter height, you can add an extra inch or two to make the shutters taller than your windows. This can give added style and enhance the look of your shutters. That said, this is a personal preference and you may prefer to have your shutters be the same height as your windows.

How big are plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters with 2.5” louvers are popular in historic homes because of their traditional look. They are also often chosen out of necessity. Windows frames with less depth require 2.5” louvers so that the louvers have enough clearance to open and close without hitting the windowpane.

How do I choose the right shutters?

To avoid the wrong shutter choice, consider the following factors:
  1. Consider Your Home Improvement Needs. ...
  2. Compare available Shutter Styles. ...
  3. Choose the Best Shutter Materials. ...
  4. Correct Shutter Sizing is Key. ...
  5. Choose Shutters to Flatter Your Windows.

How do I choose a shutter?

Choose shutters that have the same size and shape as the window. Frame rounded windows with arched shutters and highlight rectangular or square windows with straight-lined shutters. If shutters have dividing rails, line them up with the sashes of the window.

What is the most popular window treatment for 2021?

Top 3 Window Covering Trends in 2021
  • Roller Shades & Drapery Panels.
  • Cellular or Honeycomb Shades.
  • Flat Roman Shade in Vintage Floral Fabric.
  • Bedroom Drapery Panels.
  • White Cordless Bamboo Shades.

What are the disadvantages of plantation shutters?

  • HIGHER PRICE POINT. I'd say the con that most often deters clients from choosing shutters is their cost. ...
  • NO HIDING. ...
  • LEAD TIMES. ...

What is the new trend in shutters?

Black Shutters Make Windows Pop

Mixing black shutters with classic beige shades are all the trend for 2020. These sliding shutters give this lounge a warm, sophisticated feel.

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