How to Install Outside Mount Plantation Shutters

As a homeowner, you have many decisions to make when it comes to the exterior of your home. One of those decisions is whether or not you want plantation shutters on your windows. Plantation shutters can be installed inside or outside, and they offer style and privacy for your home.

How to Install Outside Mount Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking into installing these types of shutters, this blog post will provide information on how to install outside mount plantation shutters. Read on for more details about installing outside mount plantation shutters!

10 Reasons Why You Should Install Outside Mount Plantation Shutters:

  1. Plantation shutters are a beautiful way to add style, function, and value to your home.
  2. You can choose any shutter color you want as long as the paint on the trim is still promising an unlimited number of colors!
  3. Plantation shutters can be painted or stained to complement your existing decor.
  4. Plantation shutters are an easy do-it-yourself project
  5. No interior walls are affected by the installation of plantation shutters
  6. Outside mount shutters require no inside track, which means that it is not seen on the interior side of your window
  7. You can install them yourself without hiring a professional contractor
  8. You can buy and install them over a weekend
  9. They are very durable and will last a lifetime
  10. The plantation shutter style never goes out of fashion!

10 Ways on How to Install Outside Mount Plantation Shutters:

1. Flag Outrigger:

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2. Continuous Back:

This design is good for windows with a frame because it has a continuous outside rear support that makes a strong structure. This design also provides more surface area for nailing shutters onto the window, which makes them stronger in an outside-mounted installation.

3. Inside Mount:

These are easier to install because they don’t require that you attach the shutters to the outside of your house. This design typically requires two hinges per shutter.

 Install Inside Mount Outside of the House

4. Angled Brackets:

Some people like the look of angled brackets more than square brackets, but it’s more difficult to install this style because you first have to mount the angled bracket to the window frame and then attach that bracket to the shutter with a screw or nail.

5. Short Brackets:

This style is suitable for wider shutters, and it’s much easier to install because the brackets are attached directly to the shutter without a window frame in between. However, you won’t have as much surface area for attaching hardware as installing an outside mount. In addition, you’ll need two hinges per shutter.

6. Narrow Brackets:

Using narrow brackets on an outside mount is good for wide shutters with less surface area, but the mounting process is more complex than standard or angled brackets. You’ll need two hinges per shutter.

7. Cut-outs:

This design is more elegant, but you will need two hinges per shutter and it is more difficult to install. The Mortise hinge is also more expensive. You will also see hinges that are permanently installed with nails or pinned in place.

8. Screws:

Some people use screws to attach their outside Plantation Shutters to a window frame instead of using hardware that comes with the shutters. This is good for big windows or if you want to put the shutters on an existing window.

9. Nailing Block:

Some consumers prefer to use a nailing block when installing their outside Plantation Shutters so they can simply attach the shutters to the frame; it does not require that you remove any windows or frames to install, but it is more difficult than using hardware that comes with the shutters.

10. Drill:

If you’re looking to attach your outside plantation shutters directly to a brick wall, it can be done; though it’s much more difficult than using the included hardware.

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Tips and Suggestions:

  1. Before beginning, ensure the shutters are the correct size (length) for your windows. Make any necessary adjustments before proceeding with the installation.
  2. Place shutters in their designated room(s) and lay them flat on the floor or ground. This will prevent damage to the shutters while you are working.
  3. Determine which window the shutters will be installed on.
  4. Place a piece of the provided shutter molding at each corner of one shutter and attach it with screws to flanges. Use care, not to over tighten.
  5. Align the top corners together and flush, ensuring that they are even or straight across from one another.
  6. Drill pilot holes through the provided screw slots until at least 1/8″ of the screw is showing.
  7. Place a level on top of the shutters and adjust as needed to level from left to right and top to bottom. Use a pencil or pen to mark screw hole locations into the flanges.
  8. Drill pilot holes more plunging into the shutters, now that screw hole locations have been marked with a previous step. This will prevent over-drilling and possible damage to the shutter.

Can Plantation Shutters Be Mounted Outside?

Plantation shutters can be mounted on the outside of a window or door, but there are elements to consider. Whether they should be mounted outside depends on each home and the design of the plantation shutters.

 However, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for plantation shutters that can be mounted outside.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for plantation shutters that can be mounted outside. First, the length of your blinds will affect where they can and cannot be hung because more extended shutter panels may come into contact with the door or window frame.

When To Mount Outside Plantation Shutters?

If you want to mount outside-mounted plantation shutters for both functionality and design, there are many factors to consider. These factors include weather conditions, the strength of the window or door frame, and whether they will be installed on a primary home or a secondary home such as a vacation home.

The outside-mounted plantation shutters may be ideal for specific weather conditions, like heavy snowfall. For example, they can be installed on a doorway or window that receives less traffic than other house areas, such as secondary entrances or back doors.


Installing exterior mount plantation shutters is a project that the DIYer can do, but it should not be taken lightly. The materials are expensive and must be installed correctly to avoid leaks or drafts.

But with a little care and attention to detail, installing outside mount plantation shutters can be done with ease. If you have any questions or would like more information on how to install outside mount plantation shutters or the benefits of these window treatments for your home, contact us today!

Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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