How to install shutters in windows with wainscoting and chair rails

This post addresses one of the more complicated installations of shutters in rooms with wainscoting, since the wainscoting and chair rail actually wrap into the window jamb itself. Although a gorgeous look overall, this millwork package does nothing to compliment most inside mount window treatment installation.

Plantation window before

Here is a before photo of the window

How did we arrive at shutters, and could we have done other window treatments?

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Plantation Shutters Compliment Clean Lines

Occasionally I will hear… “Shutters are too traditional for my space.”  Like any good design element, shutters are versatile enough to fit most a variety of  interiors.

It comes down to making the correct selections for your final vision of the space when they are ordered.  Something an experienced shutter consultant will be sure to help you accomplish.

The project featured below was designed to compliment a craftsman style interior.  Clean, crisp lines were in order.  To that end the shutters were ordered without the standard tilt rod and boast a hidden tilt instead.  The cut out for the doors lever radius was also modified.  Instead of our standard rounded cut out, we used a square cut out to better compliment the lines of the home.

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Kirtz Shutters at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show

Visit with Kirtz Shutters most experienced field representative, Don Watson, this weekend at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show.  New to the Kirtz Booth this year are shutters made from reclaimed woods — wormy chestnut and reclaimed oak.  Reclaimed materials not only add unique patina and beauty to your windows, but they are the ultimate way to “GO GREEN” and minimize your carbon footprint!

Also on display this year is our new line of exterior shutters.  Whether for the front of your house, or as added protection and privacy in your exterior living space, Kirtz Shutters is willing to help design a shutter solution to fit your needs.

Located in the Quik Trip Center at Expo Square, you can find Kirtz Shutters in booth 841

Show Days and Times are as follows

Thurs     March 10 5pm-9pm

Fri, Sat    March 11-12 10am-9pm

Sunday March 13 11am-6pm

How to Fix Shutters When Louvers Won’t Stay Open

Fix Shutters When Louvers Won’t Stay Open

Sometimes, over time,  louvers on plantation shutters cease to stay in the position they are set.  Fortunately, there is a simple fix to this problem.

Why does this happen?

Wood is a porous material, even with a finish on it.  This means that it will slightly shrink and swell as the humidity of a room changes.  The is most noticeable during season changes, from winter to spring and summer to fall.  This expansion and contraction changes the amount of space between the louvers and stiles (vertical piece of the shutter) thus changing the amount of tension placed on the louvers to hold them in their set position.

What is the solution?

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Bahama Exterior Shutters by Kirtz

Although Kirtz Shutters are primarily interior, at a special request for a previous customer, we recently built Bahama style exterior wood shutters.

There are a wide variety of Bahama style shutters available today.   Solid construction methods and quality raw materials are important to get the longest life out of your shutters.

The Materials

To start with we used cypress wood.  Cypress is a great choice for exterior projects.  Cypress generates cypressine, which is its own preservative oil.  This makes it naturally resistant to insects, decay and other damaging elements.  All components were made of solid pieces, including the stiles.

The Construction

In a traditional shutter, louvers are held into place with pins.  These pins allow the louvers to pivot open and closed.  A Bahama style shutter has fixed louvers, and no tilt bar.   To hold the louvers in place we cut a tenon in the stile to receive the louver.  Then the louver is then slid into the stile 1/4″ deep on each side.  Next, the stile and rail are doweled and secured with exterior glue.  A screw is inserted in between the two dowels for extra strength and the hole is filled.

To finish, the shutters were coated with a marine grade exterior quality sealer so that they are further protected.

The Installation

Installed with traditional Bahama style hinges and adjustable arms, these exterior shutter provide both beauty and protection.

Bahama shutters provide more visibilty when open, by Kirtz Shutters

Bahama shutters provide more visibilty when open, by Kirtz Shutters

Bahama hardware allow these custom shutters to tilt out

Bahama hardware allow these custom shutters to tilt out

bahama shutter block western sun, offer privacy on this deck

bahama shutter block western sun, offer privacy on this deck

Close up of fixed louvers for bahama shutters

Close up of fixed louvers for bahama shutters