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It can be a little confusing when some shutter websites start to get all technical. At Do It Yourself Shutters, we like to keep things simple. This section tells your all you need to know about the different parts that go to make a plantation shutter.

Shutter Panels
This refers to the main part of your installation. Operating like a hinged door, the shutter panel can be designed with a choice of moveable louvres or alternatively a solid design. You can have a single shutter panel or multiple panels hinged together, depending upon the design you go for.

Shutter Frames
We offer a free-of-charge shutter frame with all orders and recommend this method as being the easiest way to install your plantation shutters and give you the best finished look. The frame is a discreet outer lying piece of wood, into which the shutter panels are attached.

Front Facing Tilt Rod
The vertical piece of wood which attaches the louvres together if you opt for a plantation shutter design. This design can also have the rod offset at the side of the panel, with certain ranges.

Clearview / Concealed Tilt Rod
Concealed or hidden rod is the name given to the design where the shutter slats are linked via a thin mechanism on the rear of the panel. To operate the slats, simply move one slat with your finger and the rest will follow.

Shutter Mouse Hole
If you choose to have your shutters with a front facing tilt rod, the rod will close, in the upwards direction into a little notch on the panel, the shape of a mouse hole - hence the name.

Top rail / Bottom Rail
The horizontal solid pieces of structure at the top and bottom of the panel. The size of these is dictated by the structural requirements of the design you choose.

Divide Rail
A design detail that can be incorporated for both structural reasons (if required) or as a design preference. It can be located in a wide range of positions and the website will show you what can and cannot be ordered. It works well to give added flexibility to adjust the louvres at different angles above and below the divider rail.

Shutter Stiles
These are the vertical upright sections of the shutter panel itself.

Shutter Louvres (or shutter slats or blades)
Plantation shutters refers to the design where you have horizontal pieces which rotate within the shutter panels. There's different sizes to choose from. 64mm (2 1/2" louvres), 76mm (3 1/2" louvres) and 114mm (4 1/2" louvres) are the most popular sizes we offer.

Shutter Design - Full Height
As the name suggest, full height panels cover the whole window. It's the same panel structure from bottom to top that will be hinged to open. You can incorporate different design features like a divide rail to give flexibility over how you move the louvers on the upper or lower sections.

Shutter Design - Tier on Tier
Typically, this design will cover the entire window but with the panels divided between the top and bottom sections. This means you can open the top panels and leave the bottom panels closed. It's a good solution if you want to retain privacy but get the maximum amount of light into the room.

Shutter Design - Cafe Style
This design of plantation shutters refers to panels which are measured and installed to just cover the bottom section of the window. Can work well if you are looking to incorporate another window treatment like blinds or curtains on the top.

Shutter Terminology - Plantation Shutters
This refers to the type of shutters with moveable louvres - most probably the type you are browsing for.

Shutter Terminology - Solid Shutters
The more traditional design where the panels are solid. Less flexibile than plantation shutters as you have to have the panels opened back if you want daylight into the room.