If you have purchased a nice set of wooden shutters you will be keen to have them installed as quickly as possible, so you can be enjoying their benefits both visually and practically. However, don’t rush the installation process in case you mess things up! In this guide, you will learn how to install your wooden shutters correctly.
Before you begin you need to make sure you have:
- The exact measurements
- The correct tools
- A friend if you will find it hard to do on your own (especially if it is a larger install).
How to Measure
It is recommended that you measure at least 3 different places on each side of the window. This is to check that it is square and the dimensions are consistent across the opening. Remember to take the largest measurement as the one to use, as if the shutters are too small they won’t fit, and then another step will have to be introduced to reduce them down-this will involve using a sander or another power too
If we are looking at a typical square or rectangular window, these are the basic steps to follow:
- You need to measure the width and height of your window, remembering that this will be inside or outside the recess depending on how you are wanting to have the fit. Standard product tolerances should be removed from the measurements, which will usually be around 5mm. As mentioned, you should measure at least 3 different points for both the height and width.
- You can measure the diagonal lengths from corner to corner in order to have an idea if the window is perfectly straight or not. Once you have your measurements, make a note of them.
Note if you have any other type of window other then the ‘standard', such as bays or skylights, the procedure is going to be a bit different. You can rise to the challenge, making the appropriate changes, or you may feel more reassured bringing in a trusted shutter supplier who can take the measurements, and order the shutters, having them fitted if you desire.
What Tools Will I Need?
Here is the typical list of tools this job will require;
- Power drill
- Hammer drill
- Spirit level
- Electric planer
- A screwdriver with different attachments
- Tape measure
- Stanley knife
- Masking tape
Bring in a Professional?
You could give the shutters installation process a go, using the help of a friend for extra backup if needed. If so, it is best to make sure that you only take on the project if you are confident in what you are doing and have the DIY skills to execute it-otherwise you or your friend could end up damaging something! If you have any doubts, or you just want to save time and make sure the finished result matches that of a professional job, it is definitely recommended you call in an expert. After all, any mistakes will only end up costing extra time and money to sort out.
Saying that most of our shutter are easy to install and can be self installed by any DIY competent person in less than an hour per window.
- For step 1, before any actual installation can take place you have a choice to make. Do you want to use an inside mount that would attach the shutters inside the window casing or an outside mount that would attach the shutters outside the window casing? Consider carefully which option you prefer the style of.
- In order to support the shutter during the installation process, you should add a wood shim on top of the windowsill, ensuring the correct placement of your shutters. If you don’t know what a wood shim is, it is a thin wedge made from wood (you may also come across plastic versions) which can be found in many DIY shops.
- Now to begin the process. First, hold the shutters so that they are in the desired position and take a screw to mark holes. Put on some safety glasses as you will now need to use a drill. Have your wooden shutters set aside and drill a pilot hole with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the size of screw you have to fit the shutters with.
- Now, have the shutters re-positioned and use a drill to screw the shutters in place, making sure it is secured nicely.
- Take a step back to make sure they fit evenly and that everything is plumb, and of course is securely fitted.
So, having read all of the above you are probably trying to figure out if the shutters are easy to install-after all the instructions seem quite straight forward, right? Well,, the truth is, yes they are, if you are lucky and have a perfectly square window! But a lot of people don’t and the thing to remember is that no two windows are ever the same. Watch out for windows that look square but are actually out of alignment-even if we are talking a couple of millimetres it can make all the difference.
Some people, would rather not the hassle of installing the wooden shutters. They would rather bring in a professional who can have the job completed in a timely fashion and to a level of high-quality. And once it's done, its done-no need to fix mistakes. However, there will be those that enjoy taking on these kinds of projects and have the skills to do so. They will likely decide they might as well save a bit of money not having to call someone around. You just need to work out which category you full into! Remember, the end result doesn’t just come down to how good the shutters look (although that is, of course, important) but also how well they function.