Interior Shutters: Tough Stuff

Reviewed by:
Rosemary Thornton
Shutters can reduce energy costs and protect interior fabrics from fading, but proper use requires a lot of opening and shutting of the louvers.

These shutters will stand up to such use. This manufacturer boasts that of 30,000 shutters sold, not one has fallen apart or separated. Joints are fastened with screws, glue and grooved joints.

Furniture quality paints are used, with UV protectors to prevent fading. Wood choices are walnut, maple, red oak and mahogany.

Louver sizes are 1-3/4", 2-1/2", 3-1/2" and 4-1/2". The company's Web site has a measurement guide and a 3-D program to help you design your shutters.

  • A rectangular plantation shutter measuring 12" x 32" starts at $67 (November 2006).
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