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How to Design a Full Height Shutter

Why should I choose a Full Height shutter?

Full Height shutters are a classic plantation shutter design which cover your whole window. The panels move in one piece from top to bottom.
It is a very versatile design which matches most windows.

How many panels should I choose?

The first factor to consider when choosing the number of panels is the design of the window.
For example, if the window is divided into three even sections, you could consider going for three panels on your shutter.


You should also consider how you will use the shutters.
If you will be opening the panels frequently, you may want to opt for more panels, making the panels smaller in width. This will mean that when the panels are opened, they will not protrude out as far into the room.
If you will mostly have the panels closed and operate the slats to allow light through, you could think about going for less panels, meaning the panels would be wider. This will mean that more light will come through the slats when in use.



Should I add a mid-rail to my shutter?

A Mid-Rail is a visible sectioning rail to divide top and bottom sections.
For shutters that are over 1500mm in height, a mid-rail is essential.


A mid-rail is a good design choice if there is a transom in the window which you would be able to align it with.
To measure for a mid-rail, measure from the bottom of where the shutter will be placed, up to the middle of where you would want the mid-rail.
The mid-rail can be moved up or down slightly from the requested height to ensure a whole number of slats in the panel.


On shutters with a Clearview tilt rod and no mid-rail, once the shutter reaches 1300mm for Hardwood/1200mm for Faux Wood, the operation will be split in the middle.


How many frame sides should I choose?

For a Full Height shutter design, you can choose either a 4-sided or 3-sided frame.
If your Full Height shutter is covering a window, we suggest going for a 4-sided frame. This gives the panels a bottom frame to rest on when closed and helps keep the frame square for a level installation.
If the frame is in a location where it may be a trip hazard, such as in front of a door, a 3-sided frame of Top, Left, and Right sides only is usually a more practical solution.



What can I do if my window is too wide for one shutter?

If your window is larger than the maximum limitation for our shutters, you can split up the window to have multiple shutter frames. You should match frame sections to the sections of your window.

Each frame section must be entered through our website separately.