Plantation shutters need not be unattainable luxury items, especially when you choose to install them yourself. By taking the DIY shutter route, you can make substantial savings when compared a measure and fit service or other types of window dressings..
How Affordable Are Shutters?
DIY shutters are a great cost effective solution, and for several reasons. Firstly, they represent excellent value for money. Manufactured from either hardwood or tough polyvinyl depending on the range you choose, they last much longer than any other window dressing. Shutters also look great on any size of window, meaning you can start small. They can be cleaned with a duster or damp cloth, making them more budget-friendly than expensive steam cleaning required with curtains.
Lots of companies will charge you to have shutters measured and fitted, which can be less economical. Doing it yourself is easy and, most importantly, cost effective. So, if you're looking for now window dressings but don't want to splash out on blinds or expensive curtains, low-cost DIY Shutters are just a measure away. All that’s required to get the ball rolling are some rough window measurements.
Which Range of Shutters Are the Most Affordable?
Our most popular, versatile, and cost effective shutter range is our Affordable Hybrawood
. Available in a choice of 13 neutral colours to suit any interior style, they’re constructed using mostly hardwood, plus polyvinyl slats reinforced with a tough aluminium core. This budget-friendly option is available across our two most popular styles (full height & café style) and work in any room, even well-ventilated kitchens and bathrooms. Quite simply, there’s no better built low-cost shutter on the market.
Plantation Shutter Materials to Suit All Budgets
Our affordable shutters come in a variety of materials to suit all budgets. MDF shutters are the cheapest shutters available, but you won’t find us stocking them. They’re not the best quality and are easily damaged. For the same price as MDF shutters, we offer our Affordable wood hybrid (Hybrawood). This Range is a much stronger and higher quality hybrid product that contains real hardwood.
The most affordable route to stylish shutters. Made from a blend of hardwood frames & stiles, the slats are constructed from polyvinyl with an integral aluminium core, ensuring maximum durability. It's available to purchase in 4 slat sizes and 12 paints, and in all shutter styles. Affordable Hybrawood shutters are our best sellers.
The same price as MDF shutters but a better quality product – (from £225 pm2)
A smooth all-timber hardwood shutter made from high quality Paulownia. This fast-growing wood is very stable & produces a great finish when painted. Available in 4 slat sizes, special shapes & solid shutters, it comes in 13 paint finishes including 11 stains and 4 deeply grained Limewashes, at no extra charge!
Ideal for larger windows and doors, these lightweight shutters are made from premier Paulownia timber (From £260pm2)
Our Vinyl range is 100% waterproof. Stylish and practical, these affordable shutters will transform bathrooms, wet rooms or kitchens. Available in 4 slat sizes and 4 neutral paint colours. All slats are made with an aluminium central core, ensuring rigidity. Choose full height, café, or for total flexibility go for a tier on tier option.
Great for bathrooms and wet rooms, Waterproof Vinyl is presented in a choice of four neutral shades with stainless steel hinges. (From £210pm2)
How Much Are Plantation Shutters in the UK?
On average, UK plantation shutters cost £180 - £300 per square metre. Choosing a full-service shutter installation by experts, with measuring, will cost £300+ per sqm. By DIYing shutters, prices begin at £180 per sqm, saving a potential 40% in fees.
How Much Do Bay Window Shutters Cost?
The size of your bay window and the material used will dictate the cost of your bay window shutters
. If you’re self-installing on a typical-sized box bay window measuring approx. 2 sqm,
it will cost from £359.
When calculating, multiply the total width times height to work out your square metre measurements, then multiply this by the price of your chosen window shutter range. This should give you an accurate estimate.
Examples of bay window shutter costs:
2m2 = From £359
3m2 = From £538
4m2 = From £718
*Please note that these prices are to self-install shutters with California Shutters. If you’d like your bay window shutters to be measured and fitted by a full-service shutter installation provider, add up to 40% extra.
Why Do Self-Install Shutters Cost Less?
Many plantation shutter companies provide a measure and install service. With California Shutters, you do the measuring and installing yourself. Because we don't have to send surveyors and installers out to you, we're able to pass those savings directly onto you, the customer. You’ll be able to confidently measure and install shutters with our easy to follow website guides. Even if you’re inexperienced at DIY there’s nothing to worry about. And if you ever get stuck, our shutter experts are always here to help.
How Much Do Our Wooden Shutter Styles Cost?
Here at California Shutters we can build affordable shutters to almost any shape or type of window imaginable, in a variety of different shutter styles depending on your requirements. All these shutter styles are rated depending on the material of choice (pm2), except for special shaped shutters which carry an additional charge.
We have three main styles to choose from. Each of these ranges start from as low as £180m2:
Another popular choice are our Solid Raised shutters.
They provide full window coverage and have a traditional feel. These shutters have no slats and are perfect for period properties or rooms with a rustic décor. They also offer great light reduction when closed, making them ideal for spaces that suffer from a lot of light pollution. Because of the extra materials required for manufacturing, they are available from £208m2.
We're no strangers to making circular, triangular and special shaped shutters. Our custom plantation bespoke shutters
cost the same as a standard shutters per metre squared (from £180m2), with an extra £150 per window for the additional labour for made-to-measure shutters.
How Much Are Shutters? Ask Our Customers!
*Please note that the prices below are an approximate indication and represent when the customer placed their order. For a precise quote for your windows in the style of your preferred shutters, you can email us
or enter your details to our online calculator
Full height shutters
These white full height shutters cost £580*, saving their owners almost £300!
Café style shutters
At a cost of £650 for three windows in total, our customers saved £300 on their gorgeous café style shutters
Solid raised shutters
Our customers paid £470 for these sleek solid shutters. That's a saving of over £300 when compared to other measure and install services!
Use Our Free Shutter Cost Calculator
The best way to know how much your wooden shutters will cost is by putting your measurements into our shutter cost online calculator. Simply enter pick your desired style, enter your measurements, and you'll receive a free instant quote for your DIY shutters.