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Can you install plantation shutters to casement windows?

Though it might appear more challenging because of the hardware on a casement window, it is actually quite simple to successfully install plantation shutters on casement windows. All styles (café, full height or tier on tier) and all materials have options that can be custom tailored to fit your casement windows.  


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Georgian Sash Window Shutter Ideas

Georgian sash windows are a traditional and historic style. If you have these in your home, you likely want to retain the historic appearance, while getting the benefits of modern window treatments. Plantation shutters provide privacy, noise reduction and insulation and can be customized to fit the traditional style of your windows. 

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Why Have Bespoke Shutters Custom Made for Your Home?

Custom-made shutters are tailored to fit your window like a glove, as opposed to off-the-shelf window treatments. Curtains, blinds, shades, or pre-made shutters simply don’t cut it.  

Custom shutters install quickly, easily, are bespoke to match your home’s aesthetic and add value to your home. They are made to work with windows of unique shapes, sizes, with or without trim, with deep casings or limited recess depth – from Vivid White to Matte Black and everywhere in between!  

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Covering Sash and Casement Windows

Yasmeen 4/28/2022 11:22:36 AM Ask Yasmeen, Shutter Styles

Shutters are a popular window treatment dating back many years but remain a current and coveted trend in home décor and window covering. Our custom shutters have so many versatile options you can choose from to ensure they are a perfect fit for anything from your old windows to new windows, Victorian or Colonial style windows, high ceiling windows, dormer windows and more.

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Shutter Rails Explained

The Shutter Store 3/21/2022 11:36:00 AM Ask Yasmeen, Buying and Fitting Shutters

Our last blog post explored in detail the vertical rails on a shutter panel, called stiles. Now, let’s take a look at the solid top and bottom rails, and the optional mid-rail. What are the specs on these, how do they reinforce structural integrity, and why is it important when designing your shutters?  

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What Are Stiles on a Shutter?

Yasmeen 2/15/2022 9:46:37 AM Ask Yasmeen

A shutter panel swings opened and closed on a hinge, like a door, and has moving slats that open and close to control the light when the panels are closed. Holding everything in place on your shutter panel are the stiles. Stiles are the left and right vertical rails that hold the slats in place and connect to the solid top and bottom rails to comprise your shutter panel. Let’s look more at why this is important and what this means for the design and operation of your shutters.  

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Plantation Shutters and Window Sills

Yasmeen 10/8/2021 11:09:30 AM Ask Yasmeen, Buying and Fitting Shutters, Shutter Styles

For windows with a protruding sill or ledge at the bottom, we often get asked how to take this into consideration when ordering custom plantation shutters. Sills do not restrict your ability to install a shutter or even to have a full 4-sided frame around your shutter unit (or 3 sides for café style shutters which leave the top open).

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Blinds or shutters in the bathroom?

Yasmeen 8/13/2021 2:03:35 PM Ask Yasmeen, Benefits of Shutters, Inspiration

When it comes to fitting your bathroom windows with the best window covering, shutters check all the boxes whether it be affordability, quality, style, or practicality. At 40% less than MSRP for our DIY shutters, and with stunning style and elegance why not choose shutters? If you need more convincing, here we highlight two major benefits specifically for bathroom windows that give shutters a clear edge – their flexible privacy options along with their ease of cleaning.

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Choosing Plantation Shutters for Large Windows

Yasmeen 12/31/2020 11:18:01 AM Ask Yasmeen, Buying and Fitting Shutters, Inspiration

There are a few simple, smart choices you can make when choosing plantation shutters for large windows. Don't let the large size intimidate you! If you are covering a large window with plantation shutters, have a read through our tips to consider.

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How long do vinyl shutters last

Yasmeen 11/13/2020 4:07:47 PM Ask Yasmeen, Benefits of Shutters

Plantation shutters are hands down the longest lasting window treatment out there. They will outlast any curtains, blinds or shades, not to mention they will offer privacy, style and increasing property value.

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Frameless plantation shutters - All you need to know

Yasmeen 10/23/2020 9:50:50 AM Ask Yasmeen

DIY plantation shutters are an easy installation, especially when using one of our provided frames to mount the shutter panels on to. Simply mount the frame to your window and drop in the hinge pin to connect the  already installed hinges from the shutter panels to the frame. There are some cases where you may not want or be able to use a frame. In these instances, we are happy to offer a frameless “panels only” option.

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How to Fix Wooden Plantation Shutters

Yasmeen 10/2/2020 10:16:55 AM Ask Yasmeen

One of the many benefits of our wooden plantation shutters is just how easy the installation process is, as wood is easily sanded to adjust for any size or shaped windows. Wood as a material is also very easy to repair, more so than waterproof vinyl shutters.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When DIY’ing Shutters

Yasmeen 9/11/2020 1:38:20 PM Ask Yasmeen

Here at The Shutter Store we strive to make the DIY journey as smooth as possible. From start to finish our order review and confirmation process are designed to double check your shutter order, ensuring they'll be a good fit for your windows. Our customers full participation is required for a successful shutter journey. By following our measuring guides and asking questions whenever in doubt, we promise your shutters will be a beautiful fit. We've put together some tips to help avoid some common DIY mistakes.

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Plantation Shutters for small windows

Yasmeen 9/4/2020 10:17:44 AM Ask Yasmeen

When dressing the smaller windows in your home with indoor shutters, to maximize the visibility from your windows as well as the aesthetic design, you can make a few design choices in proportion to your small window.

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Installing Shutters on Various Materials

Yasmeen 8/10/2020 3:50:48 PM Ask Yasmeen, Buying and Fitting Shutters

Our plantation shutters are custom-made, and the beauty with these is that there's no such thing as a standard window or standard installation. We've had customers who have used plantation shutters to cover room dividers, closet doors, kitchen cabinets and more. When you're installing a set of shutters, the material that you're installing on is also important to consider. Are you installing shutters on brick or concrete, or anything that's not just a wood-cased drywall? 

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Plantation Shutters: Central Tilt Rod vs. Hidden Tilt Rod

Yasmeen 7/16/2020 10:12:12 AM Ask Yasmeen, Inspiration

Plantation shutters feature slats, you might refer to them as louvers, and they rotate open and closed, controlling the level of privacy and sunlight in the room. We talk you through how tilt rods work, they connect the slats to one another so that multiple slats move up and down all at the same time. There are options to consider, and with these options comes the pros and cons.

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Looking at Inside Mounts for Shutters

Yasmeen 6/18/2020 10:48:36 AM Ask Yasmeen, Buying and Fitting Shutters

When you're planning on getting DIY shutters for your windows, an important thing to consider is the choice of mount - installing plantation shutters can be done as either an inside or outside mount. Inside mounts fit inside the recessed depth of your window opening, it's a popular choice as the shutters will sit snug to the wall. Our inhouse shutter expert, Yasmeen takes you through some key elements when you're looking at inside mounts for shutters.

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What slat size do most people order for shutters?

Yasmeen 4/28/2020 10:10:08 AM Ask Yasmeen

You may be familiar with the terms, slats and louvers, probably the most commonly used words when it comes to plantation shutters. Whether you've heard the words before or not, it's essential to know how size choices can make all the difference. Yasmeen tells us about the best selling slat sizes and also about the louver sizes that are no longer a thing.

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What happens with my window measurements?

Yasmeen 3/27/2020 11:43:39 AM Ask Yasmeen

What happens with the window measurements, a question we get asked regularly. Ask Yasmeen answers your frequently asked questions about plantation shutters.

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Bi-folding Panels vs. Single Hinge Panels

Yasmeen 2/21/2020 1:52:00 PM Ask Yasmeen

Should you go for bi-folding panels or single hinge panels? Considering this is a core element in the design process of your shutters, it's worth understanding what each option is plus what their benefits are. Yasmeen answers one of our most popular questions, and takes you through what to consider.

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How Can T-Posts Help with Window Shutters?

Yasmeen 1/24/2020 3:23:02 PM Ask Yasmeen

Yasmeen answers another one of our most frequently asked question: how can t-posts help with large window shutters? Read our helpful and simple guide on what a difference t-posts can make when it comes to large window shutters.

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Why are frames important? Do I need one?

Yasmeen 12/20/2019 2:11:38 PM Ask Yasmeen

Do you need a frame when fitting your shutters? Yasmeen answers a popular question amongst shutter-shoppers - why are shutter frames so essential.

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What makes our “shutter experts” experts?

Yasmeen 12/13/2019 4:08:07 PM Ask Yasmeen

Another popular question we get asked, is "what makes your 'shutter experts' experts?". Yasmeen takes us through what sets The Shutter Store's experts aside from the other shutter companies out there, and importantly, how we work hard at being the best choice.

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What does my warranty cover?

Yasmeen 11/29/2019 2:43:55 PM Ask Yasmeen

DIY home projects like interior shutters can sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be. A common fear that many customers have is what happens if something goes wrong? Our shutter specialists are here from start to finish, to guide you with maintenance and troubleshooting - you're also protected by our 36 month warranty. Yasmeen answers a frequent question our team are asked: What does my warranty cover?

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Should I go with less panels or more?

Yasmeen 11/15/2019 1:51:12 PM Ask Yasmeen

Yasmeen answers your most frequently asked questions. One question that people often have when it comes to ordering their plantation shutters, is "should I go for less panels or more?". Read our helpful guide of what to consider when choosing your panels.

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Are The Shutter Store's shutters manufactured in the USA?

Yasmeen 10/4/2019 3:41:10 PM Ask Yasmeen

Yasmeen answers our most frequently asked questions. For friendly and honest advice, Ask Yasmeen! Today, Yasmeen answers "Are The Shutter Store's shutters manufactured in the USA?"

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Do plantation shutters warp?

Ask Yasmeen 9/20/2019 9:39:38 AM Ask Yasmeen, Benefits of Shutters

Shutters are a long-term investment for any home and a big concern is whether or not they will warp, expand or contract when exposed to harsh sunlight, weather conditions, and/or moisture. Here’s everything you need to know for your peace of mind on why our shutters don’t warp!

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