It’s no stretch of the imagination that we all want our homes to look their very best. But in this stressful, workaday world, many of us don’t have the time to take on even the most modest home improvement project – and if we do, we’re apt to discover that even the simplest of projects can quickly get out of hand if we’re not prepared.
As far as home improvement goes, knowledge really is power – having that extra little bit of know-how can make all the difference between a pleasant weekend job and an unmitigated and costly disaster. To that end, we’ve decided to put together a quick guide to some of the most important things to remember when upgrading to this, the most stylish of window coverings.
4. Louver Size Can Drastically Change the Appearance of the Room
Naturally, you’re not going to decide on what type of plantation shutters you’re going to buy without considering how they will look in your living space. Louvers, or slats, come in a variety of widths – each of which possess their own stylistic personality. Common slats sizes include:
- 1 7/8
- 2 1/2
- 3 1/2
- 4 1/2
While each size of shutter has its strengths, know that the larger the slat, the more privacy they’ll provide – even when the shutters are partially open. Stylistically speaking, wider slats also boast a more contemporary look than some of the thinner designs; but if your style happens to be more traditional, thinner louvers might just be the way to go.
3. Accuracy is Key
If you’re doing the measuring yourself, there are a few things to consider before submitting your order, and they all have to do with measuring accurately. Obviously, if you botch the measuring phase, it likely means you’ll be out of pocket – especially if your plantation shutters were made to order.
Double check you haven’t transposed any numbers. If necessary, have someone else verify your measurements for accuracy. When writing a string of numbers down, it’s pretty easy to transpose numbers – if you don’t catch the error in time, well, let’s just say it’s pretty darn likely the shutters won’t fit correctly and your daily quota of expletives will shoot through the roof. Remember: measurements are generally recorded as
width x height; clearly document your measurements.
Use a proper, metal tape measure to get your measurements. Unless you’re a tailor, there’s no reason you should be measuring anything with a cloth tape. Metal tape measures are not only more accurate and easier to handle, they allow you to measure distances greater than the breadth of your outstretched arms which, let’s face it, is a characteristic shared by at least a few windows in your home.
2. Things to Remember When Choosing an Inside Mount
Where plantation shutters are concerned, you can either choose an inside mount or an outside mount. If you opted for the former, there are a few things to check before placing your order.
For starters, inspect your window – are there any obstructions that would hinder an inside mount application (things like locks, latches, and cranks are just a few examples)? Also, be sure to measure the depth of your window frame to ensure it can accommodate your desired style and size.
The next step will be to make sure you window is square – and we aren’t necessarily talking about shape here. Measure diagonally from one opposing corner to another – if the measurement is off by more than 3/8 of an inch, the inside mount option is probably not the way to go.
Measure the interior width of your window at the top, the middle, and at the bottom and record your results. The more specific you are, the better your window coverings will fit. Repeat for vertical measurements. Taking all these measurements will help the person building your custom window shades.
1. Things to Remember When Choosing an Outside Mount
Like the previously mentioned inside mount application, choosing an outdoor mount application entails inspection your windows for any obstructions that will get in the way of your shutters from working properly.
Measure the width of the window in at least three places, but unlike the inside application, you’ll want to measure from the left outside edge where of the frame to the corresponding right outside edge. Follow this measuring principle for noting the height of your window (measure from the top outside edge to the corresponding bottom outside edge).
You really can have the window coverings of your dreams – you just have to be mindful that when it comes to these particular shades, accuracy is everything.