A Guide To Measure Plantation Shutters


Plantation shutters are very decorative when used inside a house. This is one of the reasons that is making the shutters become very popular in the market. They will be available in many designs for the buyers to choose the best and matching to their house color patterns. The plantation shutters in the market are however in different sizes. Most of them are ready made according to the commonly occurring window sizes in the building codes. Any window that is not within the code will have their shutters prepared manually for them to fit well.

Bespoke plantation shutters

These are the types of s:craft plantation shutters that are manufactured according to the buyers’ specification. They are only made after the clients submit the required specifications in sizes and materials. For the oddly shaped windows, this is the approach followed to treat them. They are very recommendable where one is not sure if the ready-made shutters will be fitting. There have been cases whereby clients buy shutter only to realize that they were not suitable for installation in their windows. This is very inconveniencing because it will make the process of purchases start all over again leading to wastage of time and more resources. Taking measurements before buying the shutter is a wise idea. Even with this knowledge, people do not understand how they can come up with the exact right measurements. This article is meant to help such people be able to make DIY measurements accordingly.

Make sure you have the right tools

Measuring is not the same as estimating. Measuring is more precise if not perfectly precise. The use of eyes to make a conclusion of the window measurements is not tolerated. One has to put in place the right procedures to come up with the best measurements. After all, the benefits ae all on the side of the buyer. They are to enjoy the increased décor value of their homes with nice looking and fitting plantation shutters. The unfortunate bit is that the negatives due to wrong measurements are also on the side of the buyers. If one submits the wrong measurements, the manufacturer is not to blame. They did their part as instructed. If the shutters made are not any close to perfect fitting, there will be a necessity for another one to be made. This will add up on the costs to the buyers. By simply using the right tools will save you the agony of spending more time and resources. The right tools to use include the tape measure and somewhere to write. They sound simple for one to understand but many find themselves misusing these two and end up regretting.


Write down the measurements clearly

Once you have used the measuring tools and the exact value is determined, don’t be stupid and write down some other value different from the real one. This can be caused by the measurer concentrating in other needs that are interfering with their memories. In some cases, people will not even realize that they have made a mistake. They are confident that they have done their bit to the optimum. They only realize that things were wrongly written down after it is too late and the shutters are already made. Just being careful in writing as well as crosschecking the values written down severally will save time and resources and make sure that the work is done to perfection.

Involve an expert where necessary

In most cases, the DIY measurements are possible. However, there will be cases where difficulties will be experienced. You will notice that even some hard mathematics can be necessary to come up with the right measurements of lengths and angles. Instead of claiming to be an expert in an area you know you are not, it is better to give way to an expert. The plantation shutter manufacturers are the people to turn to for this. They will come and do the measurements themselves. This way, the buyer will be safe. In case the shutters do not fit to the window space, the blame will be on the manufacturer because they didn’t do their bit as expected. This is unlike when one decides to do the measurements and take up the risk. In most case, the manufacturers are experienced in the area and will measure the space accordingly for better results.

Make reasonable allowances

There will have to be allowances in the measurements taken and these needs to be realistic for better results. The windows are complex elements that consist of the architraves, frames, mullions among others. The plantation shutters are to be fixed in a way that they will fit in the space between the frames and have the maximum support even with the presence of the smaller elements like the architraves. The window sill also is catered for when making the allowances. One is also required to submit only the measured details without any deductions. This will ensure that the manufacturer understands of the adjustments to be done accordingly.

Measurement for odd panels

Taking measurements for bespoke plantation shutters should also consider the clients desires. Where the panels require to be customized in sizes for a better décor value, the details should be attached so that the manufacturers can understand and take action accordingly. Where they are to be placed should be made clear and drawings attached if possible.

Consider a middle rail

The size of the window being measured should be assessed for any requirements of the middle rail. The middle rail is an element that is included to the central sections of the shutters to provide for more firm support. They also contribute to the décor value of the shutters generally because the long spans would have been monotonous without some breaks. Those windows that are exceeding 1800mm in their span call for middle rails to be put in place.

More money involved for the bespoke shutters

You will notice that if you opt to take the bespoke shutters, you will have to pay more money for the extra services. There is hence need to ensure that the measurements are taken more precisely to make good use of the money paid.

You will notice that if you opt to take the bespoke shutters, you will have to pay more money for the extra services. There is hence need to ensure that the measurements are taken more precisely to make good use of the money paid.


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