There are several different styles of shutters, but they can all add a certain touch of class and old-style charm to any home. Unfortunately, buying shutters from a store and having them fitted professionally is probably going to set you back a couple of hundred dollars at least.
The other option is to DIY them – and to help anyone who needs a plan, we’ve had a look online to see what other people have been trying, so here are our top 17 window shutter plans you can DIY easily.
1. DIY wood shutters for under $40
Aside from the sense of achievement you can get from making things yourself, the big advantage of DIY home improvements is that it can save you loads of cash. Bought wood shutters can be extremely expensive – but if you don’t want to spend lots of money, you can just make your own. If that sounds like the kind of solution you’re looking for, this plan will show you how to build shutters yourself – while spending less than $40 on the project.
2. How to make plantation shutters video
If you’re on the lookout for a video that will give you a few ideas about how you can improve the look of your home at the same time as showing you exactly how to do it, this video plan is a great watch. It’s not too long or complicated, and a lot of the video consists of shots of the DIYer showing you what to do. A well-made video that’s easy to follow – so check it out!
3. How to make board-and-batten shutters
The board-and-batten shutters design is among the oldest and simplest. However, as this site explains, it is also extremely versatile and can be adapted to a whole range of building styles and personal preferences. Board-and-batten shutters are extremely easy to make and can add a touch of old-style charm to your home while also protecting windows from storms and increasing the security of the building. And this plan shows you how to make them.
4. Building our own DIY natural wood shutters!
Here’s a fun video to watch if you want to see how simple it is to make your own set of DIY shutters at home. As the introduction explains, this is an inexpensive project – but it’s one that just about anyone will be able to complete, and the results are impressive. If you want shutters for your home but don’t want to spend loads of money on a pre-made set, this is could be the ideal alternative.
5. Super-simple DIY shutters
Some people enjoy taking on large and complicated DIY projects while others prefer something simple, achievable and practical. This plan for DIY shutters belongs firmly in the second category, so if you are looking for an easy way to add shutters to your home without the need to spend loads of time or money on the project, this is a DIY blog that’s well worth a visit.
6. How to make DIY shutters
As you are told at the beginning of this YouTube video, this is part of a series of plans designed to help you with home improvements on a budget. Some DIY plans require you to spend lots of money on equipment and materials, but if you want to keep your financial outlay to a minimum, this is a plan that is sure to interest you.
7. How to make plantation shutters
One popular style of shutters is plantation shutters. They’re also simple to DIY and won’t cost you a fortune if you want to make a set for yourself. This site has all the information and instructions you need as well as a useful video that demonstrates what you need to do to complete the project. We like all the useful photos – and there’s even a transcript of the video. All in all, a great resource and well worth checking out.
8. DIY board-and-batten shutters video
If you are only a casual DIY enthusiast, one issue with some projects might be that they require a range of specialist tools to complete. Either you need to spend money on new equipment, or you have to make do with what you have, sometimes leading to unsatisfactory results. This plan, on the other hand, is specially designed for people who only have basic tools available – but it still produces exceptional results. Great job and well worth a watch.
9. How to build custom plantation shutters
Here’s another site that offers instructions for making your own set of DIY plantation shutters. There’s loads of useful info about how to take accurate measurements, how to cut and drill the wood, how to assemble the frames and everything else you need to know. Again, you’ll find lots of useful photos showing you what to do at each step – and by the end, you should have your very own set of high-quality plantation shutters, just like the ones shown.
10. The 30-minute cedar shutters
There’s so much we love about this YouTube plan. It’s fun to watch, the plan is easy to follow, you don’t need much specialist equipment to attempt it and you can complete it in only 30 minutes. The video itself is only five minutes long, making it perfect if you are short on time. It’s enjoyable to watch these YouTubers work as the shutters take shape – and the end result is fantastic!
11. How to build shutters
If you want to know how adding shutters (and a few other bits and pieces) can give your home a stunning makeover, just check out the “before” and “after” photos on this blog. Admittedly, the effect doesn’t come from the shutters alone, but they are an important element in the overall plan – and if you want to know how to make something similar, this page will give you the information you need.
12. Building a set of shutters from 2 x 4s
Making a set of DIY shutters can be a simple but rewarding project – and you don’t necessarily need lots of specialist equipment or expensive materials, as this video shows. Here, this YouTuber shows how he made some shutters from simple 2 x 4s – in his introduction he explains that he’s not a pro, but he certainly makes a good job of what he’s doing! A big thumbs-up from us!
13. How to build interior window shutters
Many of the plans we’ve seen are for exterior shutters, but interior shutters can also make an attractive and functional addition to any home. They are great at blocking out light at night, and if you want something that will make you feel safer as you sleep, they are also an excellent option. If that sounds like something worth considering, this site has all the info and explanations to help inspire you to have a go.
14. DIY board-and-batten shutters video plan
We’re not quite sure which style of shutters we prefer, but perhaps it depends on the house and the quality of the work. However, the board-and-batten shutters in this video are among our favorites. They’re simple and understated, so easy to make and give the house a wonderful old-style charm. If that’s the look you appreciate, this video is one you need to watch.
15. How to build board-and-batten shutters
This is another plan for board-and-batten shutters, and if you look at some of the photos included on this blog, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. You’ll find a list of the materials required, logical instructions and plenty of photos showing you what you need to do. If you’re looking to add a classic look to your home with a set of shutters, this is a well-written plan you should appreciate.
16. DIY farmhouse-style shutters
For anyone who likes the rustic charm of farmhouse-style buildings, this is the video you are looking for. It demonstrates how to make a set of simple, functional and attractive shutters that won’t cost you a fortune. The video is well made, and the instructions are easy to follow – making this a great option if you are looking for a DIY project to get stuck into.
17. How to build Craftsman-style exterior shutters
Here’s an interesting plan for a set of shutters we found on the blog section of the Home Depot website. As you would expect, it’s very clearly written and includes a list of everything you need for the project as well as details of the steps you need to follow to complete it. We also love the photos of how the shutters look, giving you some good examples of the kind of effect you can create by adding something similar to your home.
Lots of inspiring plans to choose from
We always love searching for DIY plans online because the ideas and creativity some people have never fail to inspire us – whenever we start looking at other people’s projects, we always get that urge to have a go ourselves.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we enjoyed finding them for you – and above all, we hope we’ve helped you find a bit of inspiration for your next DIY project.