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Why do I need custom made shutters when I can buy off-shelf?

Yasmeen 11/22/2019 1:34:58 PM Buying and Fitting Shutters
There are many options out there when it comes to interior plantation shutters for your home. Of course, there are full-service measure and install companies, though that process can be quite expensive and time-consuming.

Savvy customers know that DIY can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the size of your project. So, should you buy pre-made shutters off the shelf or design custom shutters?
It may sound biased for us to say that custom made is the best bet - but hear us out! There are several benefits to custom made shutters:
  • Ease of Installation
  • Customer support
  • Quality and Convenience
  • Eco-Friendly
Custom shutters are made to precise measurements for even special shaped windows.

Ease of Installation

Ready made shutters off the shelf are made to “standard” sizes, but every home is different. Even side-by-side windows in the same house may vary in size by fractions of an inch, and every little bit can impact your installation.

Buying off the shelf requires you to cut down the shutters to fit inside your window opening, or shim to fill in gaps if the shutters are smaller than the window opening.

We know every window is unique, and shutters should also be made to fit your unique style.

We make our custom shutters precisely down to the 1/16th of an inch to ensure a perfect fit. Our comprehensive measuring guides walk you through step by step of measuring for both inside mount and outside mount. We follow up on every order with a phone call to review the measurements with a shutter expert before we send anything into production.

If our measuring guides are carefully followed, installation is a breeze. The shutter frame will mount right to your window opening, and then it is just a matter of hanging the shutter panels inside the frame, using the pre-installed hinges. Check out our installation video guides and PDF guides to see for yourself how easy it is to install

Customer Support

With The Shutter Store’s custom shutters, you are assigned a shutter expert who will be with you to guide you from start to finish. This includes installation questions, troubleshooting, and maintenance of your shutters.

Rest easy knowing you have the support of a shutter expert from beginning to end.

Buying off the shelf, you may find yourself stuck and won’t find that the big box stores really offer that same support. Searching for troubleshooting or instructional videos on brand-name shutters like Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards can prove challenging and frustrating.

If the shutters are not a good fit, you may have to make extensive modifications to the shutters, or to your window openings, which often results in damage that becomes costly to repair. We have heard stories of these installations gone wrong, and in the end a professional had to be hired to reverse the damage.

We don’t believe you should ever have to fend for yourself. At any stage of the journey, you can reach out to us via phone, email, or online chat for expert guidance. Really! – Ask us anything. Our video library is accessible 24/7 and has helpful links for design, measuring, installing and maintenance.

Quality and Convenience

Because our shutters are made to fit like a glove, you will not have to cut them down or make extensive modifications. So, we confidently build our shutters using the highest quality solid materials like polyvinyl with aluminum core or solid hardwood.

Bring your bright vision to life with custom-made shutters.

Don’t settle for something less than your ideal vision. We have almost 100 paint and stain finish options available among our 8 product ranges. Check out our free samples to choose up to 4 samples in different material and color options.

Need a cut-out to go around a door handle, or a special shape shutter for a trapezoid window, or a custom color match? We have it covered! The sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your perfect shutters at an ideal price. These types of windows are almost impossible to shop for off the shelf. 

Send a picture of your uniquely shaped windows to us for help designing your shutters.


Aside from the benefits mentioned above, custom shutters are an eco-friendlier option as well. Less modifications and less adjustments mean less wasted materials.  A shutter that perfectly fits your window will offer better insulation, which means less energy used for heating and cooling your home.
Check out our eco shutters page to learn more about how our team operates in a planet-friendly way.

Go green, in every sense of the word, with our eco-friendly shutters.


Ultimately, custom shutters will save you money, time, hassle, and save you from having to settle for something less than perfect. Enter your dimensions for a quick quote to see how affordable custom shutters can be. Design your shutter in 4 easy steps through our online shop, and get your dream shutters started!


This post was brought to you by Yasmeen, one of The Shutter Store USA's experienced shutter consultants. Contact our team today for advice on your shutters. We're here to help!