I’ve been dreaming about having shutters in my home for a few years now, but was also mindful of the cost which involves consultation and professional installation. I wish I’d known about budget DIY window shutters sooner.

When renovating our living room, I discussed shutters with Andy and he mentioned that he’d fitted some for a customer a while back which they’d measured and ordered themselves for a considerable cheaper price. Why had he not told me about this before!

plantation shutters in bay window with teal velvet sofa infant with leopard and blush cushion with text overlay.
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I immediately set to work researching DIY shutters and found an online company called shutterplus.co.uk. They have a varied range in their plantation shutters, comprising of polywood, MDF, hardwood, and thermalite which is waterproof. They also come in a variety of colours to fit any scheme. Free samples are available for you to order to help you decide. We chose the polywood in pure white.

Step 1 – Measure Your Windows For DIY Shutters

The first step is to measure your windows. Shutterplus provide a measuring guide (see below) as well as ones for design and installation. Andy took the lead in the measuring with me there to double check everything. These were measurements that we did not want to get wrong! It took us a good half hour to do this.

Part of a PDF on how to measure for DIY plantation shutters.
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Step 2 – Order Your DIY Shutters

The second step is to order your shutters. The ordering process is quick and easy and goes through each element of your requirements from the material and size right through to the tilt rod and hinges. I suggest you triple check your order as we did, because as I said before you do not want to get this wrong. Shutterplus send a confirmation email of all the measurements etc. so this gives you another opportunity to check. Make sure you do this, as they had got one of our openings wrong. However, once I informed them, this was rectified immediately.

screenshot of DIY shutters order.
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The lead time on the order is around 10-12 weeks. There is an express option for an additional cost, which reduces the lead time to around 3-4 weeks.

Step 3 – Fit Your DIY Shutters

I was so excited when I got the confirmation that our shutters were due for delivery. They were the last finishing touch to our living room renovation. You can see all the other accessories I used to style the room here.  They arrived individually wrapped and upon opening, I was really happy with the quality and aesthetic of them.

White plantation shutters being opened.
White plantation shutters before being fitted.

We had an issue as one of the shutters had been damaged in transit, causing a small dent. I contacted Shutterplus and they immediately rectified my problem by offering either a replacement shutter, or a part refund and repair kit. 

Man fitting plantation shutters on a bay window.

To my delight, Andy decided to fit the shutters the same day. It took him a couple of hours. He is an experienced builder and carpenter, so it may take you a little longer. It did however look fairly straightforward and easy. 

As I said before, Shutterplus provide a step by step installation guide on their website. All you will need is a cordless drill and a hammer.

Man fitting white plantation shutters on a bay window.

In 3 easy steps, I now have the plantation shutters I’d dreamed of for a fraction of the price!

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The shutters have made such a difference to our living room. This is what it looked like before.

Teal and pink living room with teal velvet sofa, berber rug, glass coffee table and geometric wallpaper.

And with our new shutters.

Teal and pink living room with plantation shutters at bay window, teal velvet sofa, berber rug, glass coffee table and geometric wallpaper.

I love the versatility of the shutters as you can have them completely open to fully closed, with lots of variations in-between. 

Bay window with DIY plantation shutters open in teal and pink room with velvet sofa and cushions in front.

It’s so great to not have to draw the curtains to block the sun from your face or to stop the glare on the TV. They are so quick and easy to open and close. No more yanking the curtains and trying to make them look neat!

Bay window with DIY plantation shutters closed in teal and pink room with pictures on the wall to the side.

I’m so pleased with our new budget DIY window shutters that I plan to install some in our bedroom next. I’d love to hear what you think of my new window treatment in the comments below.

plantation shutters in bay window with teal velvet sofa infant with leopard and blush cushion.

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