A blogger’s guide to installing our shutters

California Shutters 15/12/2016 09:25:13 DIY and How-to Guides, Stories
Want to fit quality shutters in your home but worried about the installation process? We teamed up with The Home That Made Me blogger Charlotte Valentine who has recently fitted shutters in her home to show just how easy it is. Here’s her (abridged) review of installing our shutters from start to finish…

“Seeing as our lounge extension is too light to even watch TV due to it being south-facing, we started looking into options, with shutters being the only choice in my head due to their beautiful, timeless look. We came across California Shutters, which supplies shutters while offering support for you to measure and install yourself - saving £££s. You simply enter your measurements on their website for an instant quote.
“When we had our dining room shutters installed, I had no idea that you could purchase DIY shutters online, so contacted UK-based companies who came back with what I now realise were crazy prices. We went with the cheapest option, which still cost us over £1,000 for café-style (half-height) shutters on a bay window. With other shutter companies, you pay an extortionate price for somebody to simply measure up and fit.
Ordering DIY shutters – made easy
“So, this time around, I was a bit more clued up. Here's the process I went through: 

“First, I called the customer services team due to being slightly concerned about how to measure correctly and which shutter type to order. I was told to watch the online tutorial videos which provide info on how to make accurate measurements, then to complete the order online. After this, I was told, a member of the team would call and email me to provide advice and finalise plans.

“I ended up emailing pictures of both my windows to my contact, Louise, who was absolutely brilliant and replied almost instantly to my constant emails. Measuring yourself when you're spending a considerable amount of money is always quite scary and I was nervous they'd turn up and be far too big or too small. Louise gave me lots of advice and changed some of the measurements for the perfect fit. After what seemed like a million emails, including pictures of the windows I sent her (Louise must be glad to finally see the back of me now), we finalised the plans and then came my wait, (not easy for somebody as impatient as me but which ended up being only seven weeks). Then, I received an email informing me that my shutters were due to arrive in the UK that week and then a phone call to arrange delivery.
DIY shutters: a quick and easy installation process
“I begged my husband to put them up immediately (well, I had been waiting seven weeks already...). I expected him to get just the frame up on one side that evening, but after three hours we sat back and admired both sets of new shutters. Here are a few pics of the process.

“Putting them together was surprisingly easy following the tutorial videos that guide you through the process step-by-step. We watched the whole thing once first, then went through the process step-by-step, from unboxing (mine came in 10 huge boxes which were all clearly labelled to identify which window and what the contents were) to installation.

“I honestly thought it would be a nightmare and, as with most things, that the tutorials would make it look FAR easier than it actually is BUT, honestly, they were ridiculously easy, and I think I could have done them by myself without my husband’s help. The holes were predrilled and despite the windows not being the 'norm', they went together without any hiccups (or swear words...) at all.
“The first step was putting the shutter frame together then securing it to the wall/window frame. All fixings are provided including drill bits, screws and so on. We then worked out which shutter should go in which section and secured these.
“I'm SO over the moon with the shutters. After being initially worried about how much light they'd block out, I've found that in fact they give off a softer more calming light which really makes a space feel cosy rather than dark and dingy. They've really finished the room, as well as enabling us to watch TV during the day – and they provide privacy.”
Visit Charlotte’s shutter blog at The Home That Made Me