The thought of getting caught unprepared by what most people would describe as ‘unwanted guests’ in the house such as storms, pests, heavy rain water, cold and warm wind, and even thieves can add to one’s daily stress. However, one can do something to prevent or at least minimize the damages brought about by these unwanted forces. That said, one should learn or hire a contractor to make shutters for your house’s windows.
On one’s leisure time, learning how to make shutters can be both fun and challenging. Not having tried doing any carpentry tasks before, building window shutters can be a quite difficult undertaking, but if one is up for the challenge, he or she can find a lot of information on the Internet on how to build shutters. More often than not, this information are comprehensive enough for any novice to follow.
Below are some of the tips that one can use to supplement his knowledge of how to make shutters for the house’s windows.
Choose a wood that is particularly straight and finishes good. For example, one can use basswood to make shutters. Basswood is ideal to use not only because it is straight but also because it has an indistinct wood grain that can produce a beautiful finish when stained.
Determine how to attach the shutters. One has to keep in mind that interior and exterior shutters have different requirements. Simply put, both types would usually require an entirely different approach. For instance, interior shutters should be mounted on the window frame and the overall size of the shutters should be about one-fourth inch less on each side of the frame. Shutters made for outside of the window installation should be made slightly wider than the total measurement of the window and should be fitted with hang strips on each panel.
When installing louvers, one needs to make sure that they are slightly overlapped to stop the light from entering the room. Louvers are usually movable or adjustable shutters that pivot on pins connecting the stiles. The holes for each pin must be drilled in a uniform distance to keep the louvers horizontally straight. All louvers should be connected to the tilt bar so it can be rotated in unison.
Indoor shutters have different panel configuration. Depending on one’s preference or needs, a shutter may consist of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 panels. One can make a good shutter by fitting the stiles in between panels.
Make shutters more eye-catching by giving them a good quality paint or stain. Choose a color that will complement or match the surroundings of the room. Before applying paint, one needs to prepare the shutter’s surface thoroughly by sanding, priming, and sanding it once again. When staining, make sure that stain drips on the shutter’s surface must be wiped off and the stain must be covered with clear coat to get the best staining result.
Finally, when making plantation shutters, one should choose either the standard shutters or the traditional ones. Normally, standard shutters are 1-1/8-inch thick while the traditional ones are 3/4-inch thick. Shutter louvers should be spaced between 1-1/2 to 5 inches.