Embrasured Shutters

Embrasured Shutters

The pocket shutter or embrasured shutter was common in the pre-Industrial Eras because it is well suited for the deeper window wells typical of the thicker walls of those periods. These shutters lend a dignity, ornamentation, and finish to windows, and can be achieved even without thick walls through the type of ingenious construction seen here.

Typically constructed of all-solid panels, or a combination of louvered and solid panels as in the Brownstone Shutter, many configurations are possible. Scroll down for a video demonstrating Traditional style Embrasured Shutters.

  • Wood Finish: Painted, Stained, or Raw (see Finishes).
  • Hardware Finish: Hinges and hardware offered in Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, and White, where available. Custom hardware available upon request. (See Hardware).
  • Solid Wood: Standard (sustainably harvested Appalachian kiln dried basswood or poplar hardwood) or Custom (pine, oak, cherry, etc.).
  • Horizontal Configuration: Number of panels across each window (typically 4, bi-folding with 2 per pocket).
  • Vertical Configuration: Number of tiers covering window height (typically, single-hung or double-hung).
  • Panel Styles: A variety of panel styles are common, including solid raised panels, solid inset panels, and mixed louvered and solid panels as in the classic Brownstone Shutter.
  • Louver Styles: If you wish for louvered panels, you may choose Traditional, Victorian, or Flat louvers.

Embrasured Shutters

The pocket shutter or embrasured shutter was common in the pre-Industrial Eras because it is well suited for the deeper window wells typical of the thicker walls of those periods. These shutters lend a dignity, ornamentation, and finish to windows, and can be achieved even without thick walls through the type of ingenious construction seen here.

Typically constructed of all-solid panels, or a combination of louvered and solid panels as in the Brownstone Shutter, many configurations are possible. Scroll down for a video demonstrating Traditional style Embrasured Shutters.

  • Wood Finish: Painted, Stained, or Raw (see Finishes).
  • Hardware Finish: Hinges and hardware offered in Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, and White, where available. Custom hardware available upon request. (See Hardware).
  • Solid Wood: Standard (sustainably harvested Appalachian kiln dried basswood or poplar hardwood) or Custom (pine, oak, cherry, etc.).
  • Horizontal Configuration: Number of panels across each window (typically 4, bi-folding with 2 per pocket).
  • Vertical Configuration: Number of tiers covering window height (typically, single-hung or double-hung).
  • Panel Styles: A variety of panel styles are common, including solid raised panels, solid inset panels, and mixed louvered and solid panels as in the classic Brownstone Shutter.
  • Louver Styles: If you wish for louvered panels, you may choose Traditional, Victorian, or Flat louvers.

Why Embrasured Shutters?

Embrasured Shutters add elegance, charm, drama, and a wealth of design opportunities. This shutter can significantly elevate the character of a window or room, adding an ornamented window casing, along with all the practical privacy and insulation benefits of a shutter.

Beyond this, there is a whole menu of design opportunities associated with creating window wells where wall thickness is absent, such as built-in bookcases between the windows and so much more. Because these shutters are only available today built custom, the sky’s the limit when it comes to design! We can recreate classic looks or forge new ground based on your vision.

Traditional Embrasured Shutter demo

Featuring LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN. Video courtesy of the Dakota County Historical Society.

Traditional Embrasured Shutter demo

Featuring LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN. Video courtesy of the Dakota County Historical Society.

Our Shutters

We build our shutters to last, and tailor them to your installation.

  • Solid wood: All components are solid non-finger jointed hardwood and custom milled, no “glued up parts,” no ready-made or imported parts, and no faux wood ever.
  • Construction: All shutters are constructed of five parts: stiles, rails, louvers or panels and a tilt rod when the panel has louvers. Stiles are rabbeted for privacy and added light and heat blocking.
  • Mortise and tenon construction: We use old-fashioned cabinet maker joinery, without screws, pins or staples to assemble the stiles and rails, ensuring a long-lasting square fit and durability.
  • Nylon rotating pins: One of the few modern materials we use is our nylon rotating pins, which we prefer for their smooth effortless louver operation and durability, even if shutters are refinished numerous times. Other options are available.
  • Mounting: We will work with your contractor to mount your Embrasured Shutters.

Anatomy of a Shutter

Our Process

All wood is milled in our shop in Christiansburg, Virginia, U.S.A. We do not use prefabricated or mass-marketed stock components. All work is done by our skilled craftsmen to the highest standards in the industry today.

After assembly, each shutter is finished to our high quality specifications. For painted shutters, all wood is primed with two coats of primer and two coats of paint using our state-of-the-art spray application system. For stained shutters, all surfaces are stained and then spray coated with a UV stable clear coat in a satin sheen.

Hardware is carefully installed (or in cases where hardware will be installed after finishing onsite, we will drill holes, verify a perfect fit, and supply the hardware). Your shutters are then packed with care for shipping.


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Let us work with you from start to finish on your project.