Frame Type

A shutter frame is used for hinging the shutter panels to and generally surrounds the panels on three or four sides. The type of recess you have around your window will determine which frame is going to work best for you. If your window has a standard recess of 4-6″ then you can fit your shutters using any of the L or Z frames.

Use the Beaded L or any of the three Insert L Frames if you want your shutters set back within the reveal next the window frame. Also if you have a window trim that you don’t want to interfere with. Panels will open at a 90 degree angle to the window, back against the reveal. Use the medium or large insert frames to avoid any protruding objects like handles. Insert L frames can be face-fixed with the removable strip concealing the screw heads.

Use any of our three Z Frames for mounting your shutters to the front of the reveal, wrapping around the corner to give a trim-type finish. Panels will fold back 180 degrees against the face of the wall. Great for concealing out-of-square windows where widths or heights differ.

If your windows are almost flush with the face of the wall, then you have little or no recess on which to attach a frame so you would mount the shutters outside the reveal using the Camber Deco Frame. This frame is also used where windows tilt or open inwards.

Beaded L Frame

Small Insert L

Medium Insert L

Large Insert L

Camber Deco Frame


Choose any one of the Z frames if you want to mount the shutters to the front of your recess. The Z frames gives a trim-type finish to the window.

Z Bullnosed

Small Z Moulded

Large Z Moulded

To decide which is the best option, ask yourself how often you are likely to open the panels back. Shutters mounted next the window using the L frame with open at a 90° angle to the window and protrude into the room whereas shutters mounted at the front of the reveal using the Z frame or outside mount frame will fold back 180 degrees flush against the wall. For bay windows choose the inside mount L fame. If you have a deep reveal, the inside mount with L frame may work best, for example a 48″ wide window, with four x 12″ panels, and 12″ deep reveals would allow two shutter panels to bi-fold back neatly left and two to the right, into the 12″ of reveal space. For bay windows choose the inside mount L frame.

Choosing one of the three Z frame will help to hide any imperfections in your plastering around the recess corners. Also if as is the case with most openings, the width is slightly different at the top than at the bottom, the Z frame will disguise this and in effect square your window for you.

How Many Sides?

We always recommend a four-sided frame where possible. Easier to install and also allowing magnets to be fitted to the bottom of the panels for better closure.

If you choose one of the Z frames but have a protruding sill, you need to choose a three-sided frame will sill plate. This means the overlap part of the Z frame is trimmed off on the bottom frame, effectively changing it to an L frame, which will allow it to sit flush on your window sill.

L frames mounted within the recess are generally four sided.

If you have a deep reveal complete with window board, very often the window board can slope upwards towards the front of the reveal and catch the underside of panels that are opened out. By using a four sided frame, ie the frame continues across the bottom, the panels are raised up 7/8″ and so avoid any uneven sills.

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