Interior Plantation shutters are louvred panels fixed inside of windows and doors. Plantation Shutters originated in America and the West Indies and date back to before the American Civil War. The term Ante Bellum means pre-war and is used to describe a style of plantation shutters of which CP Shutters offer.
Solid shutters have no louvres. They were originally installed in reveal boxes in pre-Edwardian houses and were used a couple of times a year only, only when the owners decamped for the season. They were not designed to be open and shut daily like our present designs and is why so few remain today.
Our louvred shutters are manufactured with rebated edges to minimise light lines around the perimeter of the shutters making the shutters ideal for bedrooms. However, a 100% light block is not possible with the louvre shutters as the nature of the louvres is to allow light through. Even so, when closed, less light is visible than a blind due to the styles and framework surrounding the shutters. In addition we use specialist frame options to block out the light further.
When making your louvre choice, consider the size of the window and the desired effect. Generally larger windows command a larger louvre size. The larger the louvre the more light but the less privacy.
In the USA most shutters are made with 3.5 inches (89mm) louvres or (114.3mm) but here in Europe we tend to generally choose smaller louvres such as 47mm or 64mm.
If you have Georgian style windows with small window panes then we would definately advise using the largest louvre possible or the windows can look very busy.
Yes it does, all of those and so it should. If it doesn't then it is not natural!
Cedar can warp in very rare occurrences, like any wood, but is less prone to do so than virtually any other timber we know of. We do give you a guarantee though against significant warping (see our Terms and Conditions). To date though, studies have shown that less than 1 in 5000 panels do this. Similarly, Cedar can shrink and does, but very little and we always advise fitting tight in the first instance. Shutters can quite easily be adjusted should this occur as it is never that much but it is probably better to leave them as they can just as easily swell again should the humidity increase.
Wood is a natural material and with its inconsistances delivers pleasure. We do make perfect shutters because the market today expects perfect manufacture. Rustic looks as it does, because the products are made in rustic environments with basic tools and little technology, or badly/cheaply made or specifically finished to look that way. If you want an aged look then you can add it later, order it specially or just wait until it happens naturally. In fact within a week or two they develop a more lived in look and you decor adds character by proxy too.
Valuable antique furniture looked looked new 100 years ago and our shutters will be valuable antiques too, in a 100 years from now.
We only supply and fit custom-made interior shutters and no window/door is the same. This is why the delivery time is between 6-8 weeks.
Shutters are custom manufactured to fit individual openings and are ready for installation 6-8 weeks from the date of order and receipt of the deposit. For specially shaped shutters please allow 8-10 weeks from date of order.
Of course you can. If you know how to scribe, use a planer and possess a level plus a degree of practical common sense, then fitting our shutters should not be a problem. BUT if you are like me, who has to cut 3 times to get the right length, then definitely do not!
The shutters are delivered pre-hinged, all frame work is pre-mitred, so making mistakes on hinging up have been removed. We do not supply screws or rawplugs for the wall fixing as we do not know what you are fitting into. We supply magnets to hold the shutters in position, but no catches or knobs.
The answer to this is 'very easy'. The actual fitting of the shutters is almost as easy as measuring. All quality shutters are supplied ready-hinged for easy, clip together assembly and fitting inside a 4-sided frame. The panels slot into position with drop-in hinge pins, with ready fitted magnet catches and frame reveal edges ensuring a secure fit with little fuss. Fitting shutters certainly no longer involves complicated carpentry work.
For the majority of windows measuring is straightforward; measure the width of your window inside the recess in three places: across the bottom, middle and top of the window. Then do similarly for the height. Take the smallest measurement of each to give you the width and height for calculating the cost. Shutters are priced in square metres, so how many panels or hinged sections you chose should not affect the cost.
For measuring more awkward shapes and bays, the overall width and height is normally all that is required initially. Then any angles or curves requiring templates or detailed drawings can be achieved via expert advice, so to obtain accurate measurements for a perfect and professional finish.
When ordering shutters please make us aware of where the shutters will be fitted and if any handles or other obstructions are protruding in/from around the windows or doors. The opening should always be measured for shutters after plastering/tiling/flooring has been completed.
All products are guaranteed against warping and defects of workmanship for a minimum of 12 months.
If you opt for the full measure and fitting service then rest assured as our surveyors and fitters have been selected because of their experience with designing and installing shutters. Our products are only as good as the installation.
Our smallest panel width is 200mm and our widest is 750mm, although with larger louvre panels we do sometimes go wider, but void warp warranty with your permission. Generally a window looks best with 4 panels, two open as pairs either way. A 3 window bay however, will usually have 2 panels on the small side windows and 4 in the centre. All shutter panels will open away from the middle.
There are as many exceptions as there are norms. For instance, a long window with 3 panes of glass i.e. 1800mm wide x 1000mm high would have 6 panels; 3 folding either way or if you are only going to open them to clean the windows you could easily have just 3 panels. The Americans never open the shutters, only the louvres.
You will need to consider where the shutter panels are going to fold back to and if there is enough room for this to happen. This is also true when you are fitting inside the reveal next to the window and you will not want the shutters, when open, to protrude into the room to much.
We would not recommend hanging more than 3 panels from a single batten hinged together, unless they were not going to be opened apart from window cleaning and were resting on the sill or doorstep. As the maximum recommended width of our panels is 750mm, you may say that this equates to 4500mm maximum width, but it would asking a lot of the batten to hold panels of this width and weight without sagging at a later date. So quite a lot of common sense is needed to achieve a good installation. Openings over 2400mm generally need a top track. Even if not using a top track at this width try to use a light panel.
For partitioning or for large windows where tracking is needed at the top to suspend the shutter panels, you will really need an even number of panels or they will look odd and not hang from the track properly. Ideally 8 panels or 12 panels for very large openings is best, although quite often it is wise to hang even 6 panels from tracking if they are quite large. We do not charge for tracking, it comes in the square metre price for the opening.
In summary, the window will normally dictate the number of shutter panels. If the window is split into two halves you would either have 2 or 4 panels and it follows that if it is three panes, then three or six panels will suffice. The vertical dividers of the windows are where the vertical stiles of the shutters should be ideally.
There is virtually no such thing as a window that is perfectly square. If using a regular L-Frames you can scribe or fill small gaps. For larger gaps you can use cover strips much the same way as UPVC companies do.
Before we can conduct a survey for shutters you will need to ensure that you have checked the following:
If in doubt please contact us.
Shutters can be installed on virtually any window, French door or patio sliding doors. Shutters can also be used effectively as room dividers fitted on tracks. If the window/door opens inwards then the shutters can always be mounted outside of the reveal. Bi-pass tracking allows for the shutters to slide past each other and is used where there are overhangs preventing the panels from swinging out.
Thanks to a number of different framing options we are also able to fit the shutters on most UPVC windows and in 5 and 7 panelled bay windows.
No. If the louvres on your shutters are not holding their position it is very simple to rectify. On the side of each shutter is a small hole. At the end of the hole is a screw. This screw is called a tension screw. Simply use a screwdriver to tighten the screw and this will adjust the tension on the louvres.
Shutters are easily cleaned using a feather duster, damp sponge/soft cloth or run a vacuum cleaner over them. The finish shouldn't need repainting for many years.
Stiles are the structural right and left vertical parts of a shutter panel. They house the nylon brushing the louvre rotates on. Rails are the top and bottom horizontal bits. Its these bits we cut to get the height exactly right. Divider (Mid) Rails provide additional strength to the shutter panel & allow separate operation of the louvres above & below the divider rail. These are placed approximately every 1800mm. You cannot use these beyond 1800mm or you will waive the warranty.
Louvres: Shutters offer choices of 47mm, 64mm, 89mm, and 114mm louvre sizes. The louvres rotate on a nylon pin in a nylon bush and are connected to a control rod by staples.
Control Rod co-ordinates the rotation of louvres for light, privacy and ventilation. The control rod is mounted on the centre of the louvre on the face of the panel. For 3 panels across or more from one hinge point we offset these by 5mm so they don't hit each other when open.
Cafe: The shutters cover only the bottom section of the window, creating privacy at the lower level whilst permitting full daylight to enter through the top of the window.
Full Height: The shutter covers the window from top to bottom within the opening. Where the shutter exceeds 1800mm in height a dividing rail will be added at the mid point. This allows moveable louvre sections above and below the dividing rail, which can operate independent of each other.
Tier on Tier: This option allows the top tier to swing open independent of the bottom tier offering the most versatile shutter solution.