How to Easily Install Plantation Shutters

What You'll Need
Portable Drill
Assorted Drill Bits
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses

Most homeowners get very anxious when it comes to installing plantation shutters because this can seem like a very difficult and expensive undertaking. Contrary to popular belief, learning how to easily install plantation shutters can be simple and inexpensive, especially with careful planning and today’s modern tools and techniques.

Plantation shutters come in a variety of choices and colors ranging from engineered, unfinished and natural wood, with products that are stained, or painted in a variety of colors. The unfinished plantation shutters can be painted or finished as desired by homeowners. All that is necessary is choosing the desired product and following simple directions for installing it.

Step 1: Placement of Hanging Strips

Plantation shutters have a hanging strip on each end with which to attach to the wall surrounding the window. Carefully place a plantation shutter against the window, level, center and mark the location of the hanging strips. Next, separate the plantation shutter from the hanging strip.

Place the hanging strip against the wall where previously marked and attach it to the wall. This can be done with wooden screws, or if necessary, by drilling holes and inserting plastic inserts into the holes to accommodate the screws to hold the hanging strip.

Step 2: Check Placement of Shutters

Insert the hinge pins to the strips used to hang the plantation strips and carefully check the alignment. Check for level placement of the plantation shutters as well. Plantation shutters should be well aligned, but if necessary the hinges can be slightly modified for minor adjustments. To make minor adjustments, open the shutters wide, place a thin piece of hardwood between the hinge flap, and then close the shutter.

To make more than a minor adjustment, it may be necessary to remove the shutter hanging strips, fill the holes with silicone compound and re-align the hanging strips by drilling new holes. Proceed by hanging all plantation shutters in the same manner, being sure to check for alignment, level and fit as each shutter is hung in place.

Step 3: Install Shutter Hardware

Once all plantation shutters have been installed, check for alignment and ease of movement of all shutters. They should fit snugly and move easily. When satisfied with movement and fit, install magnetic catches and the loop ring to secure the shutters. These should also fit well and move easily, securing the plantation shutters in the closed position.

Step 4: Adjustment of Louvers

It may be necessary to adjust the louver tension of plantation shutter to allow for ease of movement and stability of louvers in any position, especially to remain in a position to block out the sun from shining into the room. Each plantation shutter should be equipped with a set of adjustment screws to allow for adjusting the tension of the louvers.

Begin by slowly tightening the tension adjustment screws until the desired tension if reached. Be sure to adjust tension on each side of the plantation shutters.  Louvers should move freely, but with some restraint so that they do not fall open or closed when the plantation shutters are opened or closed.