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"How To" Video Gallery - Plantation Shutters 

DIY made easy! We have created this video gallery to centralise all the information you need to Measure, Order and Install your Plantation Shutters. 

Getting Started

Plantation Shutter Sample Kits - coming soon

Basswood vs PVC - What's the difference?

Plantation Shutters - Understanding the parts

All about Mid rails, Split tilts, Top & Bottom rails

Understanding the Layout Chart

How to Measure and Install

How to Measure - Inside Mount L Frame 

How to Install - Assembling your Frame

How to Measure - Inside Mount Z Frame 

How to Install for Inside Mount

How to Measure - Inside Mount Direct Mount

How to Install for Outside Mount

How to Measure - Inside Mount U Channel

How to Install for a U Channel - Coming soon

How to Measure - Outside Mount L Frame How to Install for Direct Mount - Coming soon

Plantation Shutter Sample Kits - Coming soon

Learn how to confidently measure and install with the iseekblinds Plantation Shutter Sample Kits.  Michael shows you just how easy it is to achieve a professional result.  Available in both Basswood and PVC, each kit contains a small panel and a sample piece of each of the frame options. Physically place these in your window to check for clearance and understand the fit to best suit your windows. These kits will ensure you get the best possible result for your Plantation Shutters and save you $1000's with Michael's easy DIY guidance. There is a $60 charge to order these kits  When you have finished with the kit, simply email iseekblinds and we will arrange to collect it.  

Basswood vs PVC - What's the difference

Michael discusses the major differences between Basswood and PVC Plantation Shutters. He shares his 2 simple rules. 1. Less is more  2. You must follow your window.  The first step in understanding which type to use in your rooms is to measure your windows. Then using the Plantation Shutter Layout charts - which specify the maximum widths for each layout variation - decide which panel layout will best suit your window.  Easy!

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Plantation Shutters - Understanding the parts

In this informative video, Michael takes you through the various parts of a shutter.  He shows you where the Tensioning screws are located and how they work. He points out the Stiles, 89mm blades, Top, Middle and Bottom rails, demonstrates a split tilt and gives an overview of the various Frame types available.  Inside Mount L Frame, Z Frame, U Channel, Direct Mount and an Outside Mount L Frame. This video runs for 8 minutes, however, the information will prove invaluable if you are looking to purchase Plantation Shutters.

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All about Mid Rails, Split Tilts, Top & Bottom Rails

Michael takes you through the drop requirements for a Midrail, describes how a mid rail offers stability and strength to the shutter and what you need to know about 'Critical' Midrails.  He goes over the meaning of a Split tilt, demonstrates its benefits and shows how each tilt rod can contain up to a maximum of 12 blades.  He takes you through the sizes of Top and Bottom rails, explains how these sizes can vary based on the overall width and the importance of naming your rooms correctly to ensure that all shutters in the same room are made with the same Top and Bottom rail specifications - vital for a uniform look from both inside and outside the house.

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Understanding the Plantation Shutter Layout Charts

Michael has 2 simple rules to follow when deciding which panel layout will best suit your windows. 1. Less is more.  2. You must follow the window.  Using the layout charts will assist you to know which shutter type to use - Basswood or PVC based on the overall width of the window.  Basswood is a lightweight material with individual panel widths up to 950mm.  PVC being a heavier material is limited to individual panel widths up to 760mm.  Use the charts to determine which panel layout best suits the flow of your windows and don't overcrowd your windows with too many panels. Michael explains briefly that you always measure from left to right for each panel layout.

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How to Measure

How to measure - Inside Mounted - L Frame

The most popular way to mount your plantation shutters, an inside mount L Frame gives you the ability to square the frame inside your recess and mount your panels.  Michael explains how to measure your windows for an Inside Mounted Plantation Shutter with an L Frame.  He goes over the 3 or 4 sided frame options, talks about midrails, split tilts and using the Plantation Shutters Panel layouts in conjunction with the check measure worksheet to get the best result for your windows.

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How to Measure - Inside Mount Z Frame

Michael takes you through how to measure for a Z Frame.  A Z Frame is used for an inside mounted Plantation Shutter that is to be installed into a square set recess - concrete or plaster.  More often than not, these recesses are not quite square.   A Z Frame will sit on the face of the wall, covering the edges of the recess resulting in a nice square finish for a perfect result.

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How to Measure - Inside Mount Direct Mount

Michael explains how to measure for a Direct Mount. Direct Mounts have no frames and are used particularly for narrow windows - such as the side lights next to a front door.  The panel comes with hinges already attached and is simply fixed directly to the recess. Your panel can still open.  Directly mounting the panel means you reduce the bulk inside the limited window recess and it ensures that the blades can be made as wide as possible for a great result. 

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How to Measure - Inside Mount U Channel

Michael describes the uses for a U Channel mount, how to measure for it and how to order this option via the website.  U Channels are used where you have an internal wall cavity. A stylish way to divide rooms.  The panels are fixed into position so will not open, however, the blades of course do.  Split tilts are a common option selected to enable separate operation of sections of the blades for light control and privacy.

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How to Measure - Outside Mount L Frame

An Outside Mount L frame is used when you don't have enough depth in your recess to inside mount your shutters.  Michael takes you through the how to measure process for 3 variations of window types including a standard window, bull nose sill and a decorative or Victorian architrave.  He demonstrates where the frames will sit on the architraves.  You will need at least 25mm of flat surface to mount your shutter frame.  Michael reiterates that the size you order is the size you will get.  No deductions are taken for Outside mounts.

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How to Install

How to Install - Assembling your Frame

Michael shows you how to assemble your frames for Plantation Shutters.  This process is the same for both an inside and an outside mounted shutter.

*Please note we are currently working on new videos for How to Install - these should be available in the coming weeks.  Thank you in advance for your patience

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How to Install - Inside Mount

Michael takes you through the process of how to install your Plantation Shutters

*Please note we are currently working on new videos for How to Install - these should be available in the coming weeks.  Thank you in advance for your patience

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How to Install - Outside Mount

Michael guides you through the simple steps on how to install your Plantation Shutters for an Outside Mount

*Please note we are currently working on new videos for How to Install - these should be available in the coming weeks.  Thank you in advance for your patience

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