How to Make Board-and-Batten Shutters
You can enhance your window openings by buying factory-made pairs or save a bundle by building your own
This simplest of shutter styles also happens to be one of the most versatile. You'll find board-and-batten variations cheering up window openings on house styles from stone Colonials to stuccoed farmhouses to the shingled cottage pictured here. What's more, compared with louvered and paneled designs, board-and-batten assemblies are easy to make. All you need to build your own is some durable wood—western red cedar is an ideal choice—as well as a few hours at a workbench. To personalize them, use a jigsaw to create a decorative cutout.
If you'd prefer to buy something already built, your choices expand to include inexpensive nonworking foam or vinyl versions that fasten to the siding, and custom wood or composite shutters sturdy enough to swing on hinges and bar the elements. Whichever way you go, your newly adorned windows will be all the more charming for your efforts.
Shown: Atlantic Premium Shutters Classic Collection, Standard Board and Batten in wood composite. Tempest Blue; about $550 for a pair of 14-by-36-inch shutters, including cutout;
Overview for How-to Make Board-and-Batten Shutters
Cut List for Board-and-Batten Shutters
For a pair of shutters to fit a window opening 36¾ inches wide by 48½ inches high:
½x6 vertical boards: eight @ 40 inches
½x6 battens: four @ 18 inches
Download the cut-list for the shutters and cut-out templates.