Measuring for Plantation Shutter installation


Please find attached measuring instructions for various scenarios and a measure sheet.

Unless you opening is something unusual, you may only need to measure three places across the width and three down the drop, all to the nearest mm. DIYShutters always requires internal measurements, never say on the outside from architrave to architrave for example. For Face Fit mounting, we just need to know the architrave size ( width and thickness).

Record the depth at the top, and where it is the least ( say at a a handle). For 90 mm louvres the minimum depth needed is 45-50 mm from the front face of the reveal, and 32-37 mm for 63 mm louvres. Handles are often not a problem because they occur at the bottom where the panels has a 22 mm thick rail so at that point the clearance only needs to be say 20 mm ( the panel can  be mounted slightly out from the reveal – ‘extended reveal fit’).

For openings with little or no depth, Face Fit Hinges provide the solution – see picture. A timber strip is mounted top and bottom to the window frame and the hinge and magnets attach to that strip (we provide). This is called an ‘Extended Reveal Fit’. In very few cases is it necessary to cover up an attractive architrave.

DIYShutters works to a Minimalist Design Concept. Competitors will ‘bulk up’ your windows with too much wood or plastic, using frames and multiple narrow PVC panels to fill the space. Don’t you want as much of the view as possible? PVC can only span 750 mm , whereas timber can go to 930 mm, In addition DIYShutters offers ‘mullion’ panels where a single panel, divided in the centre by a narrow 44 mm mullion, can span up to 1500 mm. These can also be used for doors. DIYShutters has made it easy to construct these yourself! This style of panel is unique to DIYShutters and is made possible because we manufacture here in Australia using versatile, strong, stable, timber, it being the lightest material of all and the best insulator.

Always send photos if in doubt. Take an overall view, from the side close up to handles so we can judge depth. Best to take photos towards evening when the outside light is soft and the reveals etc can be seen in the photograph.

We recommend using a Lufkin tape measure with internal scale, as it takes into account the size of the body and you can place the body of the tape against the reveal – it is the most accurate. If you use a laser or ultrasonic type of device check it’s accuracy against a standard tape measure. Always get someone else to double check your measurements. That way, your submission will never fail.

Don’t deduct any allowance for fit, DIYShutters will do that. To make fit easy, we reduce the panel size to give 2 -3 mm clearance all around. If you want the panel to be a specific size, with no deductions made, just let us know.

Wide Windows with stiffeners may require you to put a Mid Rail in. Any drop over 1700 should have a Mid Rail in the panel to keep the sides in straight on a long drop. If you DIY, you can choose the position of the Mid Rail – it just fits in at one of the louvre positions. Note that one single control rod means you can actuate up to 24 louvres at once – again unique to DIYShutters. Wood and PVC suppliers with internal control mechanisms often divide the drop into multiple, three or more,  sections because of the low integrity of the control – not attractive seeing louvres ‘higgle-dy piggle-dy’ – open at all different angles.

With older homes and large openings, it might be advisable to do a diagonal check, and include this with your measurements, in case the opening has become a parallelogram or trapeziod. A difference of more than 5 mm would need to be recorded. At worst if when installing a shutter, it is rubbing, a small trim with a rasp or saw may be required (1.6 mm blade battery operated Makita is ideal). Also at worst, if you make a mistake, and the panel is say 10 mm too narrow, this can be fixed by putting a timber strip down each side. There is always a solution.

A Check/Measure can be arranged at any time, anywhere. Typically for a houseful there is no cost if you proceed. For less than 3 windows the fee is $55, $88 for 4 to 10 openings and $110 for more than 10 openings. Advice is provided.