At West Pier Shutters we’re very proud of the quality of our plantation shutters. Positive feedback makes our day and we do whatever we can to make sure every customer is entirely satisfied.

We’re also pleased to find out about the community that has grown up around wooden window shutters and the people who get a kick out of installing them.

If you’re in the early stages of thinking about a plantation shutter project, this blog will be the place for you. Our posts here will cover a wide range of topics that will appeal to both the nuts-and-bolts DIYer and also the hands-off, armchair designer.

We’ll have informative how-tos that will go stepwise through a project and also high-level overviews that will help you wrap your head around what plantation shutters can add to your home.

West Pier Shutters is a local company based on the southern coast of the UK and we really get a kick out of seeing our shutters cropping up on so many of our neighbours’ windows.

Let’s stay in touch. As you find things you love about our posts or have questions about the topics we cover, let us know. And if we can help you move your project along, don’t hesitate to reach out.

How to Measure Plantation Shutters

How to Measure Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters add a clean, classic look to any window. In fact, the goal should be for them to look like they’re part of the window.

But how is that possible if they’re a DIY addition to your home’s design? First, it’s essential to order from a top-quality supplier like West Pier Shutters, but how you measure for your plantation shutters is almost as important.

Getting measurements that accurately describe the shape of your window is crucial to us being able to have shutters manufactured for you that suit your windows perfectly.

From the tools you need to step-by-step guidance, we have a complete primer below on how to measure for plantation shutters.

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How to Install Plantation Shutters

One of the greatest features of plantation shutters is that they always look like they were custom-designed for the window — especially compared to curtains or blinds.

Their remarkable functionality and striking aesthetic catch the eye and invite comments from friends and family who come over to visit. Imagine how rewarding it will be to respond to their compliments with “I installed the plantation shutters myself.”

In theory, you could make your own plantation shutters but it can be tricky to get the finer details right and you’ll need some specialized equipment. Far better to get (nearly) as much glory by letting us do the dirty work of building the shutters while you take the baton for the last lap and install them.

Here you’ll find a full walk-through on how to make plantation shutters look great in your home. We’ll handle preparation, step-by-step instructions and manage some common trouble spots.

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How to Make Shutters for Your Windows & Doors

Unlike blinds or curtains, plantation shutters are almost always made entirely from wood. As a building material, it’s beautiful, widely available, comes in a variety of different price levels and is relatively easy to work with at home.

And because making plantation shutters is just about building a frame that is filled with louvres the project seems like it would be within the reach of a well-equipped, experienced DIYer.

Plantation shutters attract attention and ones you build yourself will certainly attract compliments. Because they’re so functional, you’ll also get to feel pride in your project as you adjust your shutters every day to control how much light enters your home.

It can definitely feel like making shutters from scratch opens up a long list of options for how you’ll make your shutters your own. Keep in mind that opting for a kit may impose limitations. Also, you might be surprised at how many options you get from a custom-made shutter company like West Pier.

If you think you’re up to it, we’ll walk you through how to make wooden shutters — including the tools you need and a step-by-step instruction list. We’ll also help you decide whether the project may be a bit too much and if it would be better to have your shutters custom made and then DIY install them yourself.

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Indoor Window Shutters: Do It Yourself Guide

Interior Window Shutters: Do it Yourself

Indoor window shutters mark homeowners who choose them as discerning, practical people. If blinds blend in and curtains get in the way then plantation shutters make a quiet statement.

They have an elegantly classic style that says: “I know what I want my home to look like and bog-standard blinds won’t cut it.”

But there is also the practical element to how they can be fine-tuned: shutters closed and louvres shut to shutters half-drawn and louvres open and everything in between. It’s no wonder that indoor window shutters appeal to those with a strong do-it-yourself streak.

You might even be tempted to go all out and build your own — and we have guidance for that impressive project — or design the shutters you want and leave it to us to make them and you can pick up the glory by installing them yourself.

In any case, we think that indoor window shutters make an excellent addition to any home and we’re happy you’re here to read this guide to measuring, making and installing them yourself.

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How Much Do Shutters Cost?

It’s pretty obvious from the name that plantation shutters hail originally from the American South. There, they were a necessity on old rambling mansions built in a sub-tropical climate.

Needless to say, they’ve now become a popular decor choice around the world, including in the UK. Plantation shutters are dramatic and attractive — they offer both a classic and timeless touch but also the chance to contemporise with a splash of colour.

But do you need to have a mansion budget in order to afford these shutters?

Not at all. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised when you find out how much shutters cost. By working directly with top producers, West Pier delivers on our commitment to getting our customers the shutters that work for them without blowing their budget.

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