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How to build a bi-fold window shutter

Updated July 20, 2017

A bifold window shutter provides a lovely window treatment, lighting control and a fun project. Window shutters vary depending on the size of the window, the size of the louvres, the ability to open and close the louvres, and how many panes make up the shutter.

Measure the window from top to bottom and side to side. These measurements determine the size of wood you will need to buy. Subtract 4 inches from the width measurements to determine the length of the louvres. Twelve louvres per window pane is standard. For a bifold, you will need two panes, so 24 louvres. The width of the louvres creates a specific look, so pick out large louvres for more lighting control or small louvres for a detailed style. The peg sticks should be the length of the louvres plus 1 inch. Buy the wood pre-cut to save time or if you don't have a saw or experience with woodworking.

Lay the louvres on your work station with the peg sticks. Glue the sticks on the back/unfinished side of the louvres, so that a half inch hangs over both ends. Allow 24 hours to dry.

While the louvres are drying, lay the wood frame pieces on your work surface in the shape of the shutter. You will have two panes that make up the bifold. Measure 12 even spaces down the sides of both frames and mark with a pencil. Drill a hole big enough for the peg sticks, but no bigger.

When the louvres have dried, glue the peg sticks in the holes on the sides of the wood frame.

Glue the frame pieces together. The edges should have a diagonal cut, so they fit together like puzzle pieces. Allow 24 hours for the peg sticks and frame pieces to dry.

Drill the magnetic catches to the frames. You will need one catch for the top and another for the bottom of both frames. Tighten the screws and swing the shutters to make sure the bifold works properly.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 wood frame pieces
  • 24 peg sticks
  • 24 louvres
  • 4 magnetic catches
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws
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Lee Foster is a Colorado-based fiction and nonfiction writer. She contributes to online magazines. She studied writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She's been freelance writing since 2008, and writing for Demand Studios since 2009.