How to Remove Plantation Shutters

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Hammer

  • Pry bar

  • Spackling paste

  • Putty knife

Plantation shutters can give your room a classic look and provide shade and privacy from the outside. Since shutters have moving pieces, they may become damaged through repeated use. When this happens, you will need to remove the shutters from the wall for repair or replacement. Taking these shutters off the wall is easy to do, but there are several steps that need to be followed in order to do so.

Step 1

Open the shutters completely. Once open, locate the hinges that attach the shutters to the support piece of wood.

Step 2

Unscrew the hinges and remove the shutters. Make sure you support the hinges as you unhinge them and remove each shutter in one piece.

Step 3

Unscrew the hinges from the piece of wood that is attached to the wall. Make sure all hinges are completely removed before proceeding.

Step 4

Remove the support beams from the wall. This can be done in several ways depending on how they were attached to the wall to begin with. If the piece was screwed to the wall, simply unscrew them. If they were nailed to the wall, try to pull the nails out with the hammer. If that doesn't work, use a pry bar and pry the piece from the wall.

Step 5

Remove any additional hardware from the wall. If the pieces were screwed in, there may be additional anchors in the wall that need to be pulled out. Fill any holes with spackling paste with a putty knife.


Take the shutters off one at a time. This is important to make sure the shutters and the wall remain undamaged.


If you need to pry the support pieces off the wall, be careful or you may end up putting a big hole in the wall that will need to be patched