Traditional Shutters

Traditional Shutters

The Traditional Shutter comes from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in American architecture and was widely used particularly in New England. This interior window shutter has an extremely petite 1-1/4” tapered beaded louver, smaller than the Victorian Shutter, and significantly smaller than the Plantation Shutter. We are one of only a few manufacturers who still produce this style of shutter.

Narrow accordion wooden panels create an elegant traditional look for managing privacy and light levels in any room. A variety of configurations allow for privacy while admitting fresh air, and all can be folded aside to fully open the windows. The cafe style is particularly popular in contemporary design. (See an example here).

  • 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, 1-4, bi folding)
  • Vertical Configuration: Number of tiers covering window height (typically, single-hung, double-hung, or cafe-style covering bottom half of window)
  • Panel Styles: Styles include louvered with front-center tilt rod, louvered with hidden tilt rod, and solid panels. Several styles may be combined in a single set of shutters as with Brownstone Shutters.
  • Louver Styles: You may choose the Traditional louver style or a Flat louver.
  • Lockrails: Are common but not required, for reducing light leakage, securing your shutters in place, and isolating independent sets of panels.
  • Embrasured or Pocket Shutters: This style of Traditional Shutters requires deep window wells. See more.
  • Mounting: Butt hinge, hanging stop, L-strip frame, low profile L-strip frame, T-post, or custom mounting.
  • Materials: solid, domestic hardwood, no finger joints, no veneers, no composite, no artificial wood ever.
  • Louvers: 1-1/4” wide x 5/16” thick
  • Beaded stile: 1-1/4” wide x 13/16” thick
  • 1” spacing between louvers
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail: 5/8” thick
  • Tilt control arm: 5/16” wide x 7/16” deep
  • Shutters typically include mounting and a light-blocking frame for superior room darkening performance. We are the only manufacturer to provide this.
  • 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).

Traditional Shutters

The Traditional Shutter comes from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in American architecture and was widely used particularly in New England. This interior window shutter has an extremely petite 1-1/4” beaded louver. We are one of only a few manufacturers who still produce this style of shutter.

Narrow accordion wooden panels create an elegant traditional look for managing privacy and light levels in any room. A variety of configurations allow for privacy while admitting fresh air, and all can be folded aside to fully open the windows. The cafe style is particularly popular in contemporary design. (See an example here).

  • 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, 1-4, bi folding)
  • Vertical Configuration: Number of tiers covering window height (typically, single-hung, double-hung, or cafe-style covering bottom half of window)
  • Panel Styles: Styles include louvered with front-center tilt rod, louvered with hidden tilt rod, and solid panels. Several styles may be combined in a single set of shutters as with Brownstone Shutters.
  • Louver Styles: You may choose the Traditional louver style or a Flat louver.
  • Lockrails: Are common but not required, for reducing light leakage, securing your shutters in place, and isolating independent sets of panels.
  • Embrasured or Pocket Shutters: This style of Traditional Shutters depends on requires deep window wells. See more.
  • Mounting: Butt hinge, hanging stop, L-strip frame, low profile L-strip frame, T-post, or custom mounting.
  • Materials: solid, domestic hardwood, no finger joints, no veneers, no composite, no artificial wood ever.
  • Louvers: 1-1/4” wide x 5/16” thick
  • Beaded stile: 1-1/4” wide x 13/16” thick
  • 1” spacing between louvers
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail: 5/8” thick
  • Tilt control arm: 5/16” wide x 7/16” deep
  • Shutters typically include mounting and a light-blocking frame for superior room darkening performance. We are the only manufacturer to provide this.
  • 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).

Why Traditional Shutters?

Versatile in configuration, practical, and visually appealing, Traditional Shutters are well-suited to a large variety of architectural styles.

The Traditional Shutter’s narrow louvers create maximum privacy and work well in rooms where privacy matters: bathrooms, walk-in closets, utility rooms. They have the best room darkening attributes, and while they tend to block more exterior light than other style louvers, their authentic historic look is unmatched.

The Traditional Shutter’s extremely narrow tapered beaded louvers (1-1/4″ wide, available in an optional flat profile), beaded stiles (vertical side frames), and its many panel style options create a highly detailed construction which adds a charm all of its own. These can be configured as Pocket or Embrasured Shutters as well (see video below). Stained finishes bring out the character of the wood, or you can paint them the same color as your trim, or in a color coordinated with your interior design.

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 Traditional 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.
  • Proportional design: We use traditional proportions and dimensions for all components of our Traditional Shutters, relying on the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal worked out by generations of traditional craftsmanship.
  • Midrails and lockrails: Midrails are recommend on panels over 40” tall. Lockrails are recommended based upon the height of the shutter to provide structural support and stability within a panel while allowing upper louvers to function separately from lower louvers.
  • Mounting: Mounting for your windows typically included with our Traditional Shutters includes a light-blocking frame for superior room darkening performance. We are the only manufacturer to provide this.

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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