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What Are the Best Tips for Making DIY Plantation Shutters?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Homeowners looking to improve the look and functionality of windows within a particular room may want to consider making DIY plantation shutters. These attractive window dressings can easily help control light flow into a room and change the aesthetic of a room for the better. When making DIY plantation shutters, it is first important to take careful measurements of the windows. It is best to determine how the shutters will be mounted so the builder can determine where to measure. These shutters are usually mounted inside the window frame, which means it is important to get the inside measurements.

Next, it is important to figure out what materials to use to make the DIY plantation shutters. It is important to remember that these shutters are likely to be exposed to sunlight fairly constantly, so it is best to choose a wood that will not warp or fade excessively due to prolonged exposure. If the builder chooses to use softwoods such as pine, it will be necessary to treat the wood with chemicals that can help protect it from damage. Hardwoods will be exceptionally durable and attractive, but using them will raise the overall cost of the DIY plantation shutters. In addition, hardwoods can be more difficult to cut or otherwise manipulate.

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Once the size determinations are made, it is wise to make each panel of the DIY plantation shutters individually. Cutting all the parts ahead of time, however, can save time in the long run and can ease the difficulty of the construction process. All of the panels should be the same size, meaning all the individual components should also be the same size. Remember to account for the hardware being used when measuring the parts.

Each panel will need various pieces of hardware to secure the slats and to secure the panels to each other. It is best to choose one style of hardware and stay consistent throughout each panel. If, for example, the builder chooses brass hinges, the other hardware should also be brass. It is a good idea to choose hardware that will not rust or corrode; the DIY plantation shutters are likely to be exposed to some moisture, since they will be in close proximity to the windows, so materials that resist corrosion, such as aluminum or stainless steel, are good choices for hardware material. Avoid buying cheap hardware that is likely to corrode or break down quickly.

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