How to Easily Install Shutters

Shutters can provide a fantastic decorative feature in your room. They can be mounted on your window on both sides to enhance the aesthetic of your home. Fortunately, they can be easily installed, which we will explore in more detail here.

Why Choose Window Shutters?

Window shutters are considered a decorative feature, but they can provide some fantastic room benefits for your room decor. Shutters can provide protection against heat and sun in summer and cold and wind in winter. They can also be used to provide the perfect balance of visibility and privacy. Even if the shutters are closed, you can adjust the rod to allow some light to enter. The shutters can also be fully opened to expose your window and display the shutter, while you can add a latch or lock to improve security.

Measuring Up

You should lay the shutters on the ground and measure the shutter side rail width. You need to find the center, so divide this measurement in half. Lightly mark the length of the shutter side rails as a center line.

You should mark the center of the right rail, 1 ½ inches from the top of the shutter, and place another mark on the same center line 1 ½ inches from the bottom of the shutter. Repeat this on the center line on the left side rail.


Attach a ¼ inch all purpose drill bit to your electric drill. Put a pilot hole through your shutter at each of the marked locations on the shutters. If your shutters are more than 55 inches tall, drill additional holes on the left and right sides of the shutters, halfway between the top and bottom holes along the original center lines.

Put a drill stop on a ¼ inch masonry or all purpose drill bit, according to the composition of your walls. Secure the stop on your drill so that the drill bit only extends 3 ¼ inches past the stop.

Place the Shutters

You’ll need help from an assistant to hold the shutter against the wall next to the window. Align the side of your shutter with the window trim, before you align the bottom and top of the shutter with the trim at the bottom and top of the window. Your shutter should not extend below or above the trim. Insert your drill bit through your pilot holes in the shutter. Drill through and into the wall until the stop comes into contact with the shutter. Insert shutter spikes into the holes you have drilled into the wall through the shutter. Tap the spikes gently with a hammer until the spike heads snugly sit against the shutter. Shutter spikes are specifically designed to catch the exterior wall and securely hold the fixed shutters in place.

If you’re unsure if window shutters are the best option for your home, be sure to speak to a window treatment specialist. An experienced professional can guide you through the options to help you determine the window treatments best suited to your room characteristics and personal preferences.