Do-It-Yourself Plantation Shutters


Plantation shutters add beauty and function to every window and room. With adjustable wood frames and louvers they enhance a single window or a combination of windows. Easily adjusting the amount of light and heat, they add to the ambiance and comfort of the room. The shutters can be custom-made for multiple window installations.


  • What type of wood will you use? Will it be hardwood or softwood, dark or light? Will it be painted or stained with clear finish? Will you build them from scratch, requiring milling and assembling all the pieces? Will you order prefabricated shutters unfinished and install and paint or finish them yourself? Ordering prefabricated shutters that are already finished and doing the installation yourself is another option. These choices will determine the amount of time and money required.

Building from Scratch

  • This is the most time-consuming method, requiring the use of several woodworking machines and tools. A wood planer and sander for shaping the pieces will be needed. Calculation and purchase of the wood types, sizes and coatings will be required. All of the hardware for assembling the shutters and attaching them to the existing window frames will be needed. The measuring, drilling and assembly will require the skills of a quality cabinet maker for the project to look professional.

Using Prefabricated Shutters

  • Ordering prefabricated shutters unfinished will save a lot of time. The frames and louvers are assembled at the factory, but you may be limited by the size of your window or combination of windows. Selection of the type of wood and finish will give you control over the final look. Even custom-shaped windows with curved tops can have shutters ordered that require less assembly than made-from-scratch shutters. Ordering prefabricated shutters already painted or finished will require only the installation, saving even more time. Dexterity with common hand tools is required for this option, along with precise measurements to complete the project.

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