How to Install Interior Window Shutters Part 2

What You'll Need
Shutter frame
Hinges and latch

If you have followed the instructions in part 1 of fitting indoor window shutters in your home, then you should by now have the basic outline of the shutter frame, and the shutter pieces laid out in order on the floor. Now you will be fitting the shutters to the frame, and then installing it on the window frame before varnishing the lot in order to make it fit in with your furnishings. Part 2 is not very difficult, and as long as you have some basic home improvement tools and the parts that you constructed in section 1, then you should have no problem at all in installing the indoor window shutters.

Step 1 - Refit the Frame

When you are ready, take the shutter frame which you created in part 1, and fit it back into place in the window. You should be able to fit it into the same nail holes you used before, but this time you will be using a screwdriver to screw the shutter frame into position. If you need to make some more holes, you can either use a drill, or just gently tap a nail into the spot using a hammer. The frame should be large enough to accommodate the shutters, but it should also be flush against the window frame, so sand it down if it seems to be taking over.

Step 2 - Install the Shutter Hinges

You will next need to install the hinges of the shutters. Make sure when you are fitting the shutters that the hinges face in the right direction, and allow the hinges to move outwards, not into the room itself. Check by having a friend hold up one of the shutters while you place the hinge into position, so that you can move it around between yourselves. You may need to have more than one hinge each side in order to support the weight of one of the shutters.

Step 3 - Install the Shutters

Once the shutter hinges have been fitted, you can install the shutters themselves. Take your drill, and drill the screws through the hinge, and into the shutters. Repeat this for the number of hinges that you have on your shutter frame. Swing the shutters two and fro a few times in order to ensure that they can move freely against the frame of the window.

Step 4 - Finishing

Once you have finished the shutters, you can install the latch between the two pieces, so that when they come together, they can be locked securely in place. You should be able to just screw the parts of the latch into the relevant position. Once all of the parts have been fitted into the frame of the window, you can then apply a coat of varnish using a paintbrush, and your shutters will have been installed.