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How To Pick A Plantation Shutter Frame In Chicago

January 04, 2024

The frame is a crucial facet of your plantation shutters. It holds the panels in position and gives your window and shutters a finished look. But how can you choose a frame that is right for your windows and your home’s decor? Your window treatment consultant at Sunburst Shutters Chicago will help you figure out the best frame. Before then, you can explore your options for plantation shutter frames in Chicago.

The Two Choices Of Plantation Shutter Frame In Chicago

Close up of a Polywood shutter Z frame

Interior shutter frames come in two types: L-frames and Z-frames. These designations reference the shape of the frame pieces. L-frames have a standard L shape. A Z-frame’s cross-section resembles the letter Z. Several factors will will help determine whether you should install an L- or Z-frame.

You may use a Z-frame

  • When mounting on the inside only
  • On round or arched windows
  • For the widest opening clearance
  • To mask caulking
  • To conceal uneven window angles
  • On windows that lack existing casing

Choose interior shutter L-frames in your Chicago home

  • For inside- or outside-mounted shutters
  • When you already have casing around the window
  • When you want to increase the depth of the window casing to provide more area for the shutter louvers to operate

When To Select An Outside- or Inside-Mount Frame

Outside-mount Polywood shutters on two bedroom windows

You’ll also have to choose between an outside- or inside-mounted frame. Outside mounts affix to the wall enclosing your window. An inside-mounted frame affixes within the window’s opening and can sit evenly with the casing or decorative trim found around the window’s edges.

Whether you pick an outside-mount or inside-mount plantation shutter frame in Chicago usually is dependent on your window. You may put outside-mount options on most windows. Choose this kind of frame to mask existing trim you don’t like or add attractive trim to your windows. You also should utilize an outside-mount frame on tilt-in windows and casements using a crank handle.

An inside-mounted frame can inhibit the function of these window types. However, they are excellent for deep windows and instances when you would like to feature the the window’s existing trim. Your window treatment specialist can tell you what stye of shutter frame is best for your windows and demonstrate how they will appear.

Finding An Attractive Frame Style To Complement Your Decor

Polywood shutters in a decorative frame above a couch

When you learn what shape of frame you require and how it should mount, you can consider the style. Shutter frames are available in many styles, from flat to decorative, wide, and narrow. Select one that appeals to your decorating proclivities. You might also refer to your home’s architecture. If you live in a Craftsman home, give thought to a Craftsman frame. Or you might choose a frame that looks similar to your baseboards and other trim.

Different interior shutter brands offer different styles of frames. To illustrate, Polywood shutters come in more choices than Ovation® wood shutters. Therefore, if you’ve already decided on a specific shutter material, that will help you narrow down your frame choices. Additionally, Sunburst’s Shutter Designer tool will display what different frames look like. When you pick a frame you like, ask your consultant to help you finish your custom shutter order!

Browse Your Custom Interior Shutter Frame Choices At Sunburst

Pick a beautiful frame and other custom options for your interior shutters at Sunburst Shutters Chicago. Simply contact us at 847-250-6544 or complete the form below to request a free in-home consultation and get started.