Installing Shutters for Bay Windows
Consider yourself lucky if you have bay windows in your bedroom or living room. Generally large and wide, they offer a comprehensive and a clear view of the outside. They especially come in handy when you want an empty space to sit on and relax while enjoying the outside weather.
Having shutters on your bay windows provides the house a neat, uncluttered, and an inimitable look which can even impress the harshest of critics. However, before we set them up, it is necessary to understand and study the installation instructions. Naturally, we seek to gain assistance whenever we are going for a DIY treatment for the first time. In this section, we look at the various steps involved in installing shutters on bay windows.
Shutters for Bay Windows
Having to decide the kind of window treatments for your windows might put you in a quandary. There are a variety of curtains, aluminum blinds and Roman blinds that may look good on your bay windows depending on their size, dimensions and the location of them in the room. However, shutters are also amazing window treatments that make your interiors the perfect amalgamation of utility and style. Here are the steps involved in installing shutters for bay windows.
1) Decide the type of shutters
There are a number of shutters available in the market, from regular wood/faux wood shutters to plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are one of the most popular window shutters that can be used inside or outside the window. They are used in homes, offices, restaurants, and cafes as well as government and commercial buildings.
2) Decide the Type of Mount
The next step involves deciding whether you want to mount your shutters either inside or outside of your windows. A typical bay window involves a large window in the middle which faces the house while the other two, smaller windows are placed in an angular fashion. Sometimes the angular position of these windows limits your shutter installation method. So you need to do enough research before deciding which window blinds work best for your style of windows.
3) Determine the Frame Depth
After deciding the type of mount, you can determine the frame depth for your shutters. Shutters usually come in three frame depths: regular frame, deep frame, and extra-deep frame. The regular frame shutters are used for a louver depth of 1 ⅜ inch or 2 ½ inches. The deep frame shutters, on the other hand, accommodate a louver depth of 3 ½ inches while the extra deep frames accommodate a louver depth of 4 ½ inches. However, if you are not sure about what kind of frame depth to go for and are a novice in this matter, you can choose the extra deep frames as they can accommodate smaller as well as bigger louvers. Large frames also make sure that louvers can easily open and close without being distracted by anything to curtail their movement.
4) Measure Your Window
The most important yet overlooked step before having your shutters installed involves measuring all your windows. Measure them at the center, left and right using a steel tape. Measure the width at the top, center, and bottom. Every dimension of the window must be measured specifically as the blinds will be accordingly customized. It is also important at this stage to contact the manufacturer and to clarify any dimensions or specs of the product itself.
5) Order the Shutters
Once you have provided all the information to the manufacturer related to the window’s dimensions, get your blinds ordered so you could receive the customized shades ready to be installed.
6) Install the Shutters
Once you get your shutters, read the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully. Position the frame first, and then drill a long screw through the hole of the left and right side of the frames to hold it in place. Hang panels in the order in which they are labeled by the hinge pins. Lower or raise the panels as needed by loosening the screws with the help of a screwdriver. Once you are satisfied with the panel position, tighten the screws in that position.
How to Measure Bay Window for Plantation Shutters
Many people often get worried at the prospect of measuring their bay windows for plantation shutters. However, it is a very simple and uncomplicated process, where you just need to ensure that you have an inch tape (more like a steel tape handy along with a paper and pen. Here are the steps you need to follow for measuring your bay windows.
Position your templates. Ensure you do not position the frames in front of the window handles. You need to measure the width of each section, including the templates.
Measure the height of each section. In this scenario, you need to ensure that the height is the same for each of the windows as it will help in installing the rails evenly.
Measure from the bottom right up to the point where you want your mid rail to be placed.
Thus, installing your shutters isn’t such a painstaking process if you follow the manufacturer instructions carefully. Different kinds of windows and blinds require a different process, so try not to make any assumptions and make sure to do your research. It is always wise to keep a paper and pen ready and contact the manufacturer in case you are not clear about something.