While there are several ways to upgrade and improve the overall aesthetic and feel of a living room, focusing on the window areas is always a good idea. Letting in – or keeping out – the right amount of light can go a long way towards making a room more comfortable and inviting. Fortunately, there are many different options to choose from. Homeowners will have to decide between wood and aluminum shutters on the outside, and on the inside, they have a number of choices, like vertical blinds and wooden plantation shutters. If you choose the latter, then you might want to learn about all of the many plantation shutter parts before trying to install them.
The Shutter Panel is the primary part needed for proper installation. It is a rectangle made out of wood that is hinged to open up. It can be cut to virtually any dimension for a custom, perfect fit.
Generally speaking, most shutters are ordered with a Shutter Frame. The frame is what is actually mounted onto the window and the panels are mounted inside of it. Because the frame essentially holds the entire shutter together, it is one of the more important plantation shutter parts.
Though panels and frames are required for proper installation, Shutter Louvers are what control the amount of light that enters a room. They are also known as blades or slats, and can rotate up to 360 degrees for complete light and privacy control. They are the most noticeable of all the different plantation shutter parts, and should be customized to achieve the proper look.
In order for you to be able to adjust the Louvers at once with just one tug on a string or twist of a rod, they have to be connected. Generally, this is accomplished with a Shutter Tilt Rod or push rod. It runs horizontally to connect each slat and allows them to move freely with just a simple turn. Fortunately, they can be either hidden or showcased and made out of wood or metal, depending on the look you want.
In all, there are several different plantation shutter parts that give them the great look many homeowners covet, and there are more than are listed here. Learning about and understanding how they all work together can go a long way towards properly installing and maintaining them for a classic look that lasts years.