You’ve looked at many kinds of window treatments, searched on Pinterest for inspiration, and maybe even visited a showroom or two to get advice. After you’ve chosen to dress your windows with shutters, you may think your decisions are done, right? Wrong! You also need to select the right frame to anchor and hinge your shutters to the windows. You may be thinking, “What type of frame should I choose for my shutters?”
Not all shutters use the exact same size or shape of frame. In fact, different kinds of frames meet various needs of windows, and they can impact the appearance of the shutters, which is why it’s important to pick the right one for your home. Read on to learn more about the three types of frames commonly used and when you should consider them.
As the name implies, the Z frame forms a Z shape when you have a cross section view. It is mounted on the inside of the pane with a small lip that outlines the window. This unique shape prevents any light bleed and turns the window into a beautiful design feature you can highlight in the room. As a result, the Z frame is often a popular option with homeowners.
Inside L Frame
This type of frame resembles the letter L, and like the Z frame, the inside-mounted L frame requires enough recessed space in the window pane to fit the frame and shutters. However, keep in mind that this style of frame runs perfectly flush with the wall surrounding the window, making this option especially attractive if you’re going for a sleek, minimalistic, or modern look in the room.
Outside L Frame
Sometimes, the frame needs to be located outside the pane. If you have windows that are not recessed at least 70 millimeters—not counting locks or handles—this type of frame may be your best option for installing shutters. It is particularly useful for small or narrow windows where visibility and natural lighting would be significantly obstructed with an inside-mounted frame. However, you should note that because it is outside mounted, this L frame does protrude into the room, whereas the other two have a smaller, more subtle profile.
Obviously, the frame is an essential element to carefully consider when ordering shutters. After all, they are meant to last for many years to come, so you want to make the right choice. When you turn to an experienced, customer-focused shutter vendor, you’re bound to have functional, beautiful window treatments you’ll love regardless of the frame you choose.
About Southern Shutters
Southern Shutters has been helping customers dress their windows since 1993, but more importantly we have provided a better home improvement experience. Instead of offering trim that is “close enough” to the style you want, we are able to match it perfectly. We also guarantee to match the paint color or finish, and we provide plenty of samples so that your shutters fit your design dreams. To schedule in-home consultation with Southern Shutters, just click here.