When it comes to window treatments, most people think of curtains, valances, blinds, or shades. They use these not only to decorate their windows but they also like to use these to keep out the heat and to give them privacy from prying eyes. It is not often that they think of window shutters.
Shutters can be used inside the home not just for privacy but to add some elegance to the room. There are a vast variety of shutters that can be used and it all depends upon what you are looking for and how you want the window shutters to accent your windows and the room they are in.
You may not need all of these items and on the other hand, you might need more, it all depends on the type of window shutters you decide to install. On average, you will need, a saw screwdriver, tape measure, shutter hardware that comes with the shutters, paint, polyurethane, or stain.
Decide Upon Which Way that You Want Them Mounted
The first thing that you are going to want to do before you begin to install the shutters for your windows, is deciding upon which way that you want them mounted. Shutters can be mounted on the inside of the window frame or they can be hung on the outside of the frame. Since it is more difficult to hang them on the inside, the instructions on how to install them on the outside of the frame are indicated below.
A nice thing about doing the outside mount is that you can choose whether the shutters are mounted going vertical or mounted going horizontally. Take the hanging strips that should have come with your shutters and mount them along the sides of the window. The shutter panels are the next thing you will take care of. What you want to do is take face mount hinges and attach the panels together. It is important that you put a spacer between each shutter panel to make opening and closing them easier.
Take the Hinges that Came with the Shutters
The next step is to take the hinges that came with the shutters and attach them to your window shutters. Make sure that you follow the directions that came from the manufacturer, these usually vary with every set of shutters. Now you will make sure that you mark holes on each hanging strip. This will indicate where the hinges need to be hung. Now take a drill and drill holes for the hinge screws. After you have done this, it is time to hang the actual shutters, securely attaching them to the hanging strips.
Paint Them or Stain Them Before You Hang Them
One last thing, if you decided to purchase unfinished window shutters, it is a good idea that you paint them or stain them before you hang them. Also if you happen to have bought louvered ones, it will be easier if you spray the paint or stain on.