How to Build Indoor Shutters

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How to Build Indoor Shutters
Shutters are one way to control how much light is entering your home. (yellow shutters image by Jorge Moro from

Making your own indoor shutters is one way to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home as well as the heat that comes in through the window. Making the shutters on your own as a do it yourself project allows you to control your costs. Shutters as far back as ancient Greece were made with marble; fortunately they are now easier to make and traditionally made with wood.

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Things you need

  • Wood
  • Hanging strips
  • Finishing nails
  • Dowels
  • Drill
  • Pivoting pin
  • Wood glue or stapler
  • Tape measure
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper

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    Measure the dimensions of the window that you are making shutters for. If you are mounting the window to the inside of the window, subtract 1/4-inch from your measurements and measure from the inside of one window jamb to the next. If you are doing an exterior mount, add one inch to both sides of the window.

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    Nail hanging strips onto the wall next to the window. This will be where the shutter will mount. For an interior mount, the hanging strips will go onto the inside of the window.

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    Cut wood that is approximately 3/4-inch thick and 1 1/4-inch wide to the length and width of your measurements. Sand down the edges to the exact measurements that you need.

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    Divide the height of your window by the number of slats you would like your shutter to have. Keep in mind that if you are overlapping your slats, you will need to account for that in the length of your wood. Factor in the overlap amount to decide how many slats, or louvres, you will need to cut. Cut the wood into slats according to the measurements you have decided upon.

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    Drill holes for pivoting pins into the slats. Align them so that the pin goes into two slats, the bottom slat as well as the slat that will overlap it.

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    Attach a dowel to one side of the louvres with a wood staple gun. You can attach it to the centre of the slats for maximum control of opening and closing the shutters or off to one side if you do not want to block the centre of the shutters. If you do not have a staple gun, you can use wood glue as well. This is how you will adjust your shutters to open and close.

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    Paint or stain your shutters. This is far easier to do before mounting up to the window. Allow time to dry.

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    Mount your shutters onto the window onto the mounts that you previously installed. The mounts for shutters are typically a hinge style. Slide the top of your shutter into the mount and screw them in with the hardware that is provided with the mount that you buy.

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