Frame Sides are not applicable to an Inside Mount - Direct Mount
since this mounting method does not have frames. However, for all other mounting methods, you can choose the sides of
the window that you want to have frames. You can have different windows with different frame sides. For example,
if you have a window with a protruding window sill, you may choose frame sides of "Three". If a window in the next room
does not have a protruding window sill, you may choose frame sides of "Four".
Customizing Note: Although the most popular configurations are shown below, we can do custom frame
configurations as well. We can even mix frame types. For example, if you want a Z Frame on the left, right, and
top, but you want an L Frame on the bottom, we can do it (usually at no cost). Custom frame configurations need to be
ordered over the phone.
Divider Rail: (no-cost option)
A divider rail is a no-cost option. It is a stationary horizontal rail in your plantation shutters.
It allows the bottom and top louvers to operate independently. This is nice if you want the bottom louvers to be closed
for privacy, but the top louvers to be open for light. We can place a divider rail at most any height within the plantation
shutters. It is sometimes good to try and line up a divider rail with other divisions already
within the window.
Divider rails also provide additional structural strength. A divider rail is usually required for
very tall at plantation shutters, usually 72 inches high or higher. For the divider rail requirements of all shutters,
see our Plantation Shutters Detailed Comparison.
Measuring Note: When measuring for divider rails, measure from the bottom of the shutters to the
middle of where you want the divider rail (see illustration). Due to the way plantation shutters are
constructed, actual divider rail position may vary a little from what you specify. Also, some panels may have an odd
number of louvers. If your panels have an odd number of louvers and you request a divider rail to be in the
middle of your shutters, you will need to have an extra louver either above or below the divider rail. Therefore, if
you are ordering on-line and specify your divider rails to be in the middle of your window, you will also want to specify
where you would like the extra louver (above or below the divider rail) in case it is required.
|These plantation shutters have a divider rail.
Hinge configuration is simply how you would like your plantation shutters
to be hinged. The most popular hinge configurations are shown below. However, we can configure your plantation
shutters in any way you desire, so please let us know if you do not see what you want.
You will notice that several hinge configurations below utilize T posts. A T post is a post that we
provide that gives you more flexibility in how you can hinge your plantation shutters. T posts add strength and allow
you to do very wide windows. By using T posts, you can do windows almost any width.
Measuring Note: If you want a hinge configuration that requires T posts, the T posts are positioned by
default such that all shutter panels in each window are made to be equal widths. However, if you would like
your T posts to be located otherwise, you will need to measure from the left side of the shutters to the middle of where
you would like each T post.
We routinely do five, six, seven, eight or more shutter panels for larger windows. Just let us know
the hinge configuration you would like and we can do it at no extra cost. If you are ordering on-line, just
select "Other" for configuration and then type the configuration you would like under the "Additional Information" section
of the on-line order form.
Note: Custom hinge configurations are easy to figure out. Just go from left to
right and show the hinge location of each shutter panel (L for hinges on left or R for hinges on right). If you need
an intermediate T post, show that as well. You can see this naming system in the illustrations above. If
in doubt, just contact us with your questions.