by Staff Writer
When you're choosing window treatments for the inside of your home, interior window shutters are a sophisticated alternative to blinds and shades. Like other styles of blinds and shades, interior window shutters are excellent for privacy, light control and reducing your heating and cooling costs. This article will provide instructions for how to install interior shutter window treatments in your home using an inside-mount technique.
An inside mount installs the shutters to the inside of the window frame. If your windows are not square, installing inside of the window casing will be difficult, and you may want to choose to do an outside mount instead.
Check for a square. Before you start installing your shutters inside your window frame, you will need to measure your window to make sure it's square. Use your tape measure to measure diagonally from corner to corner in an X shape across your window. If the diagonals are the same length, your window is square.
Check the depth.Now that you've verified that your window is square, make sure your window casing is deep enough to accommodate your shutters. You will need at least 2 inches between the shutters and the window or any window levers or handles. If you do not have enough clearance, an outside mount is the better alternative.
Using your drill, fasten the hinges to the shutters. You'll need the hinges to be attached the shutters before you hang them.
Position the shutters in the window to make sure they are even. Use shims to hold the shutters in position while you mark the window frame at the places where the hinges will attach.
Pre-drill. Drill starter holes for the screws in the window frame along the spots you just marked.
Have someone hold the shutters in the open position while you use a screwdriver to loosely attach the hinges to the window frame. Before you tighten the screws all the way, make sure the shutters are centered and even.
Adjust the position of the shutters if necessary. When they are level, tighten the screws all the way.
Always follow any manufacturer instructions.
If your shutters are unfinished, be sure to paint or stain them before installing them.
You can use hanging strips on an inside mount if you don't want to drill straight into your window frame. Just make sure to adjust your measurements to take the thickness of the hanging strips into account.