Are DIY Shutters Hard to Do?

Eric Ramsey

Getting home design projects done on your own in Gainesville is easier than ever. Since you have a lot of resources easily available to you, a lot of once-difficult projects are now very doable.

There are outliers, though – projects that may be unwieldy, time-consuming, or just too complex to do on your own. One project that might be part of that category is putting in DIY plantation shutters.

Gainesville DIY shutters in living room. 

Here are just a few of the problems that might arise when you try to put in shutters as a DIY job.

DIY Window Measuring for Shutters

Although it might seem easy on the surface, getting the exact window measurements for plantation shutters can be a little tricky. As a member of our team likes to say, “There’s about a thousand ways you can measure windows wrong, but only one way to measure right54.” There’s a lot of differences between individual windows that can change the way you measure.

Do you know if your shutters need to be on an outside or inside mount? What’s the thickness of the frame of the shutters you’re thinking about and how deep into the window opening should it go? What kind of frame do you need for casement-in windows, crank windows or sliders?

Each of these can have an impact which type of shutters and frame are best for you. That also changes how you need to measure your windows.

DIY Shutter Buying

The next problem area for DIY shutters springs up in the buying process. Just like the variation in windows, there’s a lot of ways shutter vary, and if you’re doing it alone, it’s a common mistake to purchase the wrong thing. Here are a few easy to make mistakes if you’re a DIYer:

  • Getting the wrong material for shutters. For instance, getting hardwood shutters to put in a room that should have a waterproof window treatment.

  • Picking a shutter build that blocks window movement, making it so you can’t fully open the window.

  • Ordering the wrong type of shutter frame, specifically for specialty windows like in French doors.

In addition, there can be some added confusion with shutter terminology. Working with a shutter company can help clear up any confusion, so you get exactly what you want for your windows.

DIY Shutter Installation

The most difficult part of DIYing shutters, like with any home project, is in actually putting them in.

First off, shutter installation is a precise procedure, and a small error in measuring at the start or in hanging a bracket can throw a wrench in the whole project. Shutters can also be physically hard to maneuver on your own; depending on the material and the location of your window, lifting a shutter can be very cumbersome and sometimes hazardous.

Shutter installation in Gainesville bedroom. 

The majority of shutter DIYers are unaware that it’s fairly common for shutters to not exactly fit your window frame. This is mainly because most window frames aren’t perfectly square. Installing the shutter flush to one edge of the window could result in the shutter looking crooked and making gaps. Caulking a quarter or half-inch gap is common with shutter installations, and if you’re an inexperienced DIYer a caulking job could be more than you bargained for.

Last, when you do a DIY shutter project, you don’t have anything to fall back on. If a professional does your shutters for you, they’ll usually guarantee the product and installation with a warranty. However if something goes wrong when you try to install yourself, you’re on your own if there’s any damage to the shutters or any other part of your house.

Are DIY Shutters Worth It?

DIYing your shutters might save you money if it all goes according to plan. But it’s important to know what all can go wrong at any step in the process, and how that can cost you all the money you might save. For a flawless installation and total peace of mind, talk with a window treatment expert at Sunburst Shutters Gainesville by calling 813-602-5966.