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Southern Shutter Company | Shutter Anatomy

Shutter Components

The better you comprehend the various shutter components the better you can recognize how truly special shutters from Southern Shutter Company are and appreciate their superior quality.

Mortise & Tenon Construction

Southern Shutter offers mortise & tenon construction. This time-honored joinery method ensures greater stability and long-lasting durability.

Southern Shutter Company | Shutter Anatomy

Mortise & Tenon Frame Construction

  • SST....Side Stile Thickness
  • SSW.........Side Stile Width
  • TR1............Top Rail Height
  • TR2.............Top Rail Depth
  • CR1........Center Rail Height
  • CR2.........Center Rail Depth
  • BR1.......Bottom Rail Height
  • BR2........Bottom Rail Depth

Measuring for AESTHETIC MOUNTED Shutters

To determine shutter width, measure the closed shutter pocket width and divide by two. This number will determine the width of each shutter for that window. For Bahama styles, shutter width is equal the actual shutter pocket width less 12".

The shutter height is equal to the closed shutter pocket height.

Shutter Width (Round to nearest 18" ) = Closed Shutter Pocket Width ÷ 2

Shutter Height (Round down to nearest 18") = Closed Shutter Pocket Height

Arched Windows (High and low height measurements required.)

Measuring for FUNCTIONAL Shutters

• Shutters closing INSIDE a brick or trim pocket

The following are suggested formulas based on the proper use of Southern Shutter hardware and standard installation methods.

Identify the closed shutter pocket. Measure across the closed shutter pocket at the top and bottom of the opting and use the smallest measurement. For Bahama style shutters, see instructions below.

TRADITIONAL SHUTTER MOUNT

Shutter Width (Round down to nearest 18".) = Closed Shutter Pocket measurement less 12" clearance ÷ 2

Shutter Height (Round down to nearest 18") = Closed Shutter Pocket Height less 12" clearance

Arched Windows (High and low height measurements required.)

BAHAMA SHUTTER MOUNT

Shutter Width (Round down to nearest 18") = Closed shutter Pocket measurement less 12"

Shutter Height (Round to nearest 18") = Closed Shutter Pocket Height less 12"

Shutters closing OUTSIDE a brick or trim pocket.

To determine shutter width, measure the window opting pocket width and divide by two. This number will determine the width of each shutter for that window. (For Bahama styles, shutter width is equal to the actual window opening pocket width plus 3"; shutter height is equal to opening pocket height less 12")

Shutter Width (Round to nearest 18" inch.) = Window Opening Pocket Measurement ÷ 2

Shutter Height (Round to nearest 18" inch.) = Window Opening Pocket Height less 12" for clearance

Arched Windows (High and low height measurements required.)

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Founded in 1964 Southern Shutter Company has grown into one of the nation's leading wholesale manufacturers of functional exterior and interior wood shutters.