How to Install Interior Shutters

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Tape measure
  • Drill and bits
  • Hand saw
  • Block plane
  • Screwdrivers
Materials Required
  • Shutters
  • Hardware
  • Finish and applicator
  • Cardboard
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber sanding block

Before You Begin

To install shutters inside a window opening, measure the inside dimensions of the window frame. To install the shutters on the window casing, measure from the outer edge of the casing. Check these measurements at both the top and bottom of the window since some windows are not perfectly square. Use the small measurement if they are different.

When shopping for shutters have a sketch of the window with the exact measurements of the width and height of the opening. Choose shutters that are wide and high enough to cover the width and height. Buy shutter hardware that attaches the panels together and fastens them to the window frame or casing. Carefully read the shutter hardware installation instructions before you begin.

Below are the instruction steps to complete this job yourself. But if you're not sure you want to tackle the work, click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowners with contractors.

  • Step 1 : Trim panels to size

    Trim panels to size Lay the panels side by side (for width) or end to end (for height), using spacers (pieces of scrap cardboard) between them, which the manufacturer usually suggests.

    Trim panels to size The goal is to remove an equal amount from each side and end of the panels so together they will equal the total opening and height.

    Trim panels to size Use a pencil to lightly mark the cut lines and trim the panels to size. Use a hand saw to cut panel ends and a block pane to trim the panel sides.

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