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Styling hack: Plantation shutters over french doors

12:18PM 28 August 2020

French doors are a fantastic portal between your home and your garden. They offer a great view of your outside space, they can let in lots of sun and light, and they’re a great style piece that can enhance the design of the inside of your home and your garden alike. But they aren’t perfect. 

French doors lack privacy and they can be difficult to cover effectively without losing the benefits like the view and the great natural light. 


Reasons to Love French Doors

Light: They are like having big windows looking into your home and they allow a lot of light to shine through.

Makes your home seem larger: French doors offer a sense of openness, rather than a typical door that feels more like a barrier. This creates the illusion of a larger space.

Aesthetics: French doors can be downright beautiful, and they offer a very unique aesthetic to your home.

Customisation: There are a lot of things that you can do to customise your French doors to make them a perfect fit for your style, and we’ll be talking about our absolute favourite way to style them in just a minute!

Downsides of French Doors

Privacy: The downside of having two big windows looking into your yard is that they also allow those who are outside of your home to see inside. It’s a two way street, so to speak.

Durability: PVC French doors are prone to showing wear and tear since you’re always passing by them everytime you go inside and outside of your home, with plenty of opportunities to bang into them with whatever you’re carrying, etc.


Ways to Cover French Doors

There are a number of ways to cover french doors that are less than ideal. Here’s a quick overview of some of the common methods that people will turn to, before we reveal our favourite option.

Curtains Over French Doors

You can mount curtains above the doorframe or directly onto the top of each door, but then it becomes a bit finicky as they can get tangled and just aren’t ideal if this is a door that you’re actively using on a regular basis. 

Panels For French Doors

You can also cover a french door with solid panels, but then you lose view and you lose the natural light shining into your home. It kind of defeats the purpose of having large, glass doors in the first place, so this isn’t a favourite of ours at all.


The Ultimate French Door Styling Hack: French door Shutters

Installing plantation shutters on your French doors addresses the cons of French doors and the issues you’ll find with other types of treatments for these doors, while highlighting the benefits of French doors at the same time. It’s miraculous! French door shutters are very underrated. 

How To Install Plantation Shutters Over French Doors

Installing your own plantation shutters over French doors is easier than you might think. With our guides to precisely measuring and fitting your french door shutters, you won’t run into any problems.

All you have to do is begin by measuring your doors, and deciding exactly where you would like the shutters to cover. You could opt for shutters that only cover half of the door, but full height shutters are generally the best option. We recommend sending in a photo of your doors to our expert team, who will be able to advise you on the best style and design, and also show you exactly where you should be measuring.

Our kits include all of the hardware that you need to accomplish your installation, and with our easy-to-follow instructions that detail the process, you'll have french door shutters in no time!

Don’t forget, our friendly shutter experts are just an email away for tips on measuring, design or placing an order.