Shutter Measuring Instructions

General Information
Plantation shutters are generally comprised of a shutter panel attached (hinged) to a frame. The panel itself consists of louvers, which rotate open and closed; stiles running vertically on the sides; and rails running horizontally on the top and bottom. Panels over 60" will include a divider rail, which adds strength and support to your shutter panels, and allows you to open the top louvers while keeping the bottom ones closed.

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How To Measure for Inside Mount Shutters

Inside (Recessed) Mount Shutters
An Inside Mount fits within your window frame. It is a sleeker and normally the preferred way to install your window coverings, as long as you have enough depth. Available Inside Mount frame options are: Z Frame, Direct Mount , and L Frame.

It is very important to note that there are minimum depth requirements for the shutter to fit flush with the wall (see chart below). If your window opening does not meet this minimum requirement then you must use an Outside Mount frame.

Inside Mounting Requirements Inside Mounting Requirements

Product
Minimum Depth Req. for
Inside Mount - Z Frame
Minimum Depth Req. for
Inside Mount - Direct
Minimum Depth Req. for
Inside Mount - L Frame
Faux Wood Shutters
1 1/8 "
1 1/8 "
2"
Real Wood Shutters
1 1/2 "
1 1/2 "
2"

If installation occurs in a window opening with no protruding sill, an Inside Mount-Z Frame will extend approximately 3/4" onto the face of the sheetrock/molding (see illustration A). However, if you have a protruding sill, the bottom of the shutter frame will stop at the top of the sill (illustration B). The decorative trim face of the Z Frame will cover most inconsistencies or light gaps due to out-of-square windows and will hide up to 3/4" deviation per side.

Inside Mount Comparison

IMPORTANT: Shutters are simple to measure, but accuracy is essential. You must use a steel measuring tape for accuracy. Measure all windows, even though they may appear to be identical.


First, determine that there is a minimum of 1 1/8" of clearance for Inside-Direct Mount and Inside-Trim Frames, or 2" minimum clearance for an Inside-Recessed L Frame. Special attention should be given to window openings that have: sloped sills, window cranks, latches, security devices, removable screens, etc. because they may obstruct the shutter frame. When measuring for Inside Mount make sure that you have the proper clearance depth shown above based on your measurement to the front of the nearest obstruction.

WIDTH: Measure the width of the window opening in 3 places (top, middle, and bottom). Take the smallest of the 3 measurements (rounded down to the nearest 1/8 inch) and write it down. This is the width you will order. Do not make any deductions! The factory will make a small deduction from each for easy installation.

HEIGHT: Measure the window opening height in 3 places (left, middle, right) and take the smallest measurement (again rounded down to the nearest 1/8 inch). This is the height you will order. The factory will make a small deduction to the height measurement to provide easy installation.

Factory Adjustment
The factory will make all necessary deductions for inside mount for ease of installation.

Note: Shutters over 60" high will automatically include a centered divider rail

How To Measure for Outside Mount Shutters

Outside(Wall) Mount Shutters
The Square Frame is used for Outside Mounts. Outside Mount installations are necessary when there is not at least 1 5/8" of clearance within your window opening. The frame is installed on your wall, outside of the window opening. If your window has trim, attach the frame directly to your trim or first remove the trim and mount the frame to your wall. The Square Frame has a base dimension of 1 5/8" and requires at least 1 5/8" of a flat surface to mount. The mounting screws must be drilled into a secure surface such as wood, not drywall. Otherwise, use drywall bolts. If your window has molding of less than 1" or has a dimensional surface, it is best to remove the molding.

Product
Minimum Depth
Required for Outside Mount
Faux Wood Shutters
No minimum depth required

IMPORTANT: Shutters are simple to measure, but accuracy is essential. You must use a steel measuring tape for accuracy. Measure all windows, even though they may appear to be identical.

Outside Mount shutters will come to you without any deduction from or additions to your ordered sizes. When ordering an Outside Mount shutter, be sure to specify finished sizes, including the frame.

WIDTH: When determining the finished width of your shutter (see diagram above), to include frame add at least 3 1/4" to the width (1 5/8" each side) of the window opening size.

HEIGHT: When measuring a window with no sill, for the finished height add at least 2 1/2" (1 1/4" to top and bottom). If your window has a protruding sill, add only 1 5/8" for the finished height (1 5/8" to top only).

Factory Adjustment
None

 
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