Interior plantation shutters have become a very popular window dressing in the UK over the last 10 years.
They’ve been in use for many years abroad as a versatile and stylish alternative to curtains or blinds, and in the UK they are becoming increasingly commonplace in many areas.
Occasionally, we are asked whether it is possible to fit the shutters yourself. The quick answer is there are self fit products out there but we would advise caution with these!
The choice is both vast and varied in terms of finding a source for your shutters once you have decided that they are the solution for you. The majority of the shutters sold here in the UK now come from China or Dubai, although there are manufacturers in the UK who buy in component parts to be assembled here. With an average lead time on all these products, including the assembled option, of around 14-17 weeks, this is a timely process but definitely worth the wait.
In recent years there has been an increase in DIY products and a capable tradesman or expert DIY-er is very capable of fitting shutters themselves. However, we would never recommend this option and have in fact fitted shutters for several experienced carpenters and joiners. The biggest reason for this is the knowledge we have developed from years of experience and the finish that we can produce.
The art to shutters is all in the design and measuring and if this is done properly then fitting is simple. That said, there are practices that we have learnt and honed over the years and, as we only deal in shutters, we feel we can class ourselves as experts in our field. Take a look at our About Us page to discover more.
The issue with the DIY ranges is that they rely on your own measuring and that you allow for the certain irregularities of your window space or reveal. Also, whilst the factories provide a perfect product time after time, knowing how to assemble and make the most of the final article is not always that easy. Liken it to flat pack furniture without the instructions and then having to fit the square peg in the round hole!
We do not offer a supply only option and pride ourselves on offering a cost effective full supply and fit service for our shutters. Please read the buying your shutters page for more information about the process of ordering shutters from us. Please also refer to our Checkatrade page to reassure you regarding the service we provide.