Plans to build board-and-batten shutters

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Plans to build board-and-batten shutters
A simple DIY shutter project can give windows a charming, finished look. (window with blue shutters and red flowers image by green 308 from

The simplest of any shutter design, board-and-batten shutters make a reasonable project for any homeowner with a bit of patience. When planning your shutters, you may choose to use ready-made plans or simply follow general tips to plan shutters to your own specifications. If using one of the many plans online, be sure to carefully measure the windows and adapt measurements accordingly.

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The website offers an in-depth tutorial for making your own board-and-batten shutters, free of charge. Instead of strict measurements, the plans offer a simple formula to determine the size of shutters. Each shutter should measure half the width of the window and equal its height. Whether or not the shutters are intended to be functional, these dimensions will give the facade an offer look in proportion to the windows. The instructions also include helpful pointers, such as mounting "mock-up" shutters made of simple plywood, to test out the look of board-and-batten shutters on your home. The instructions offer several options for hanging, whether the shutters will be practical or decorative.

Lowe's Creative Ideas

Lowe's, the U.S.-based hardware and home goods store, offers board-and-batten shutter plans on its "Creative Ideas" website. The plans are sized to make two shutters measuring 15 inches by 54 3/4 inches, each. If adapting the shutters to a different size, Lowe's recommends letting each shutter overhang the window by 1 1/2 inches at both the top and bottom. The shutters are intended for decorative purposes only and are affixed to the house permanently. For a rustic look, the shutters are made of lumber and simply coated with two coats of polyurethane varnish.

Ron Hazelton's House Calls

For a functional board-and-batten design, follow the shutter plans on Ron Hazelton's House Calls website. While the plans designate these shutters as "storm shutters," the basic design is that of functional and sturdy board-and-battens. Ron Hazelton makes his shutters from fir boards joined together with tongue-and-groove joints, which makes the shutters stronger against the elements while drawing on an old-fashioned building process. For a decorative flourish, Hazelton adds "beads," or narrow grooves, alongside each of the tongue-and-groove joints. Finally, the shutters have a rebate edge where they meet, for a solid and weather-resistant, overlapping closure. The plans include helpful advice, such as setting the completed shutters on shims, when mounting them, to ensure that they clear the bottom window sill sufficiently.

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