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Custom Louvered Doors

Kirtz is always doing something customized for our plantation shutters, from the finishes applied to the specs, we are very flexible about doing what it takes to meet our customers needs.

Recently 2 pair of custom doors moved through our production line with some very unusual specifications.  They were to be used as sliding pocket doors in a dining room.

The unique specs on these custom shutter doors were as follows (see photos below):

  • One stile was 5″ wide, the other 4″ wide, so that when taking into consideration the overlap inside the pocket, when they were pulled shut the doors would look symmetrical.
  • Each door was composed of an inner and outer stile.  The outside stile was 2 1/4″ thick, and the inner, drop down stile was 2″ thick with 1 3/4″ face.
  • All joints were mitered, instead of our standard butt joint.
  • Customers own, custom blended custom latex enamel was used, instead of our oil based lacquer finish.
  • Panels were 112″ high

These doors were quite different than anything else that has been through our factory before, but we were happy to contribute to this project.

If you need a shutter, louvered door or other product with unique specifications call Kirtz Shutters, we are ready to help!

Custom Louvered Doors

Custom Louvered Doors

Close up of door, showing special custom stile/rail configuration

Close up of door, showing special custom stile/rail configuration

Plantation Shutters as Doors and Partitons

Plantation shutters can and are often used as interior doors and partitions.   This is especially true in commercial applications.    The primary reason louvered doors are often use is to provide privacy, or create a definitive space, and still allow for air circulation.    Dressing rooms and bathrooms stalls are both areas that you might frequently see a louvered door in commercial buildings.

In a residential application, these are frequently seen as doors in closets, water closets, or between rooms.. ie kitchen to dining.

Important things to know when using shutters as doors-

1)  consider depth ~ if the door is going into a door jamb opening, pay attention to the depth of your jamb.  For a water closet or closet door a standard shutter depth will usually suffice (Kirtz standard depth is 1 1/4″), but a standard interior door is usually 1 3/4″.  Be sure to choose a manufacture that can provide this custom depth (Kirtz can, and frequently does this depth of shutter)

2) consider design ~ will the appearance of a standard shutter work?  Many plantation shutter manufactures use a drop rail construction.  This means that the rail (horizontal solid member) is not as deep as the stile (vertical side member)  of the shutter.  Doors typically have a flush stile and rail configuration (all the same depth).  If this is your preference, be sure to specify it.

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