Victorian Shutters

Victorian Shutters

The Victorian Shutter comes from the Victorian period in American architecture, around 1850 to 1910. This interior window shutter has an elliptical shaped louver, slightly larger than the Traditional Shutter, and significantly smaller than the Plantation Shutter. We are one of only a few manufacturers who produce this style of shutter.

Folding wooden louvered panels provide a beautiful traditional alternative to modern style blinds. The intricate wood construction sets off Victorian architecture’s ornate woodwork and high windows, but works well in many design schemes. These shutters also provide a variety of practical options for managing privacy and light levels in any room. 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 Victorian 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 Victorian 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: 1-7/8” wide x 5/16″ thick
  • Beaded stile: 1-7/8” wide x 13/16” thick (⅞” or 1” option is available)
  • 1-1/2” 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).

Victorian Shutters

The Victorian Shutter comes from the Victorian period in American architecture, around 1850 to 1910. This interior window shutter has an elliptical shaped louver, slightly larger than the Traditional Shutter, and slightly smaller than the Plantation Shutter. We are one of only a few manufacturers who produce this style of shutter.

Folding wooden louvered panels provide a beautiful traditional alternative to modern style blinds. The intricate wood construction sets off Victorian architecture’s ornate woodwork and high windows, but works well in many design schemes. These shutters also provide a variety of practical options for managing privacy and light levels in any room. 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 Victorian 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 Victorian 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: 1-7/8” wide x 5/16″ thick
  • Beaded stile: 1-7/8” wide x 13/16” thick (⅞” or 1” option is available)
  • 1-1/2” 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 Victorian Shutters?

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

Victorian Shutters are ideal and historically correct for tall Victorian-style windows adorned by elaborately arranged drapes inconvenient to draw closed for privacy. They can improve heating and insulation by closing shutters at night during the winter and opening south facing shutters during the day to allow the sun’s heat to warm the house. Another favorite configuration uses double-hung shutters, keeping the lower tier closed and the upper tier open for privacy during the day.

The Victorian Shutter’s narrow louvers (1-7/8″ wide, available in the standard eliptical profile or a simple flat profile), its beaded stiles (vertical side frames), and its many panel options create a detailed construction which adds a charm of its own. 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.

Our Shutters

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

  • Solid wood: All components are solid custom milled hardwood, no finger-jointed or “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 Victorian 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 Victorian 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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