When it comes to window treatments, most people think of curtains, valances, blinds or shades. They use these not only to decorate their windows but they also like to use these to keep out the heat and to give them privacy from prying eyes. It is not often that they think of window shutters. The main reason for that is they associate shutters with the outside of the house.
Shutters can be used inside the home not just for privacy but to add some elegance to the room. There are a vast variety of shutters that can be used and it all depends upon what you are looking for and how you want the window shutters to accent your windows and the room they are in.
If your decision is a positive on installing interior shutters, listed below are a few things that you might need as well as some simple guidelines for you to follow when installing shutters inside your home.
You may not need all of these items and on the other hand you might need more, it all depends on the type of window shutters you decide to install. On the average you will need, a saw, screwdriver, tape measure, shutter hardware that comes with the shutters, paint, polyurethane, or stain.
The first thing that you are going to want to do before you begin to install the shutters for your windows, is decide upon which way that you want them mounted. Shutters can be mounted on the inside of the window frame or they can be hung on the outside of the frame. Since it is more difficult to hang them on the inside, the instructions on how to install them on the outside of the frame is indicated below.
The outside mount not only is easier, it is also a time saver. A nice thing about doing the outside mount is that you can choose whether the shutters are mounted going vertical or mounted going horizontally.
Take the hanging strips that should have come with your shutters and mount them along the sides of the window. The shutter panels are the next thing you will take care of. What you want to do is take face mount hinges and attach the panels together. It is important that you put a spacer between each shutter panel to make opening and closing them easier.
The next step is to take the hinges that came shutter blind with the shutters and attach them to your window shutters. Make sure that you follow the directions that came from the manufacturer, these usually vary with every set of shutters. Now you will make sure that you mark holes on each hanging strip. This will indicate where the hinges need to be hung. Now take a drill and drill holes for the hinge screws.
After you have done this, it is time to hang the actual shutters, securely attaching them to the hanging strips.
One last thing, if you decided to purchase unfinished window shutters, it is a good idea that you paint them or stain them before you hang them. Also if you happen to have bought louvered ones, it will be easier if you spray the paint or stain on