When you want to bring your imagination to light, Tailormade shutters are flexible to suit your tastes and requirements, with a variety of materials, colours, sizes and styles ensuring that there is a shutter for you.
Expect premium, made-to-measure shutters that give you the widest possible choice available…all wrapped up in a truly timeless style statement, exactly as you’d pictured it.
Your choice of shutter material and style will influence the design options available to you, as well as the windows themselves.
There is a range of shutter frame styles and will be able to advise on your options.
In some instances you may be restricted by the architecture of your window recesses and the type of windows you have in place. A professional surveyor will consider all the factors, including the more obvious ones such as the whether your window opens inwards or outwards and how far your window handles protrude from the window.
Your plantation shutters will be fitted in one of the three ways:
This is possibly the most usual installation style. The shutter frame sits inside the hollow in your wall (the recess) and creates a frame surround. Plantation shutters are then situated within the frame and panels can be opened. However, they will not fold back flush against the wall. In our experience though, once you have window shutters fitted you will rarely open the panels, but just position the louvres to suit your mood.
Edge of Recess
Plantation shutters installed on the edge of recess generally sit flush with the wall facing the room. You may sacrifice seeing your window sill but your window shutters will look perfectly in place. The benefit of this installation style is the ability to fold the window shutters flush open against the walls, as long as there are no barriers such as furniture or architecture to prevent the shutters from operating as such. Frame options include a Z frame style which will provide an architectural architrave around the window.
If your window is flush with your wall, or there is too little depth of recess to place a shutter frame within it, then your plantation shutters will need to be installed outside the recess. This style looks equally stylish and again your window shutters will fold right back. Outside recess fits are also needed in most cases where windows open inwards.
The configuration of your windows and the location of the transom bar will influence the number of shutter panels you need. Plantation shutters look as stunning from the outside as the inside, and the panels can be lined up to your window frames for a completely uniform look. All Tailormade shutters are made to measure, so you can be sure of a perfect fit.
Our panel installation styles are:
Single Shutter Panel
This is exactly as it sounds, you have one single window shutter panel situated within the frame.
A good example of this would be a small single window installation or perhaps a single French door.
Bi-Fold Shutter Panels
This is the name we give to two shutter panels hinged together. When opened the two married plantation shutters fold at the hinged joint.
Multi-Fold Shutter Panels
When more than two plantation shutters are hinged together we call this a Multi-Fold installation. Each section of panels will fold in a concertina action.
The maximum amount of panels we can hinge together without utilising a tracking system is four, depending on the shutter material chosen. Lighter hardwoods enable you to have more hinged panels unlike heavier MDF and ABS.
The size of louvre you choose depends on your own personal choice, the suitability for the installation and the restrictions of the material you have selected.
You need to think about aesthetics and proportions, but also how much light and privacy you want. The smaller the louvres, the greater the privacy and less light. Larger louvres will give you a better view of outside and plenty of light but less privacy. The majority of customers tend to opt for a mid size louvre.
Curved Louvres: 32mm, 47mm, 64mm, 76mm, 89mm, 114mm
Flat Louvres (Only on Sumatra): 60mm, 84mm
All shutters, unless you have opted for solid panels, require a mechanism to enable you to adjust the light.
The tilt rod is the bar that runs down either the centre or offset to the left or right of your shutter panels. It will be facing into the room and will only operate the louvre section it is attached to. For example, if you have opted for a privacy rail (mid-rail) then you will have a tilt rod fitted to each separated section of louvres.
A silent tilt mechanism option is available as an upgrade.
Adding a mid-rail can be a design choice to consider, as well as a practical inclusion for larger shutter installations.
Having a mid-rail allows you to tilt different sections of the shutter panel, meaning you can control the light to suit your taste. A mid-rail means that you can also keep the lower section closed, leaving the top open, providing privacy for the home when needed. They can be lined up with existing window features, and provide stability for larger windows or openings.
Other options include hinges, catches, magnets and ring pulls which will be based on your choice of material and style, and whether you wish to match the shutters to your other furniture, for example door handles and light switches.
Supplements are charged for certain materials, for example nickel plated brushed hinges and stainless steel hinges.