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Window Shutters: To Mid-Rail or Not to Mid-Rail?

2:00PM 25 July 2023

You may have heard the term “mid-rail” bandied about while researching shutters. “What is it?” Good question. “What’s it for?” Another great query. “Do I need one?” Again, an excellent inquiry.

In this quick blog entry, we’ll answer some of the most common mid-rail-related questions (don’t worry, it won’t take long). By the end, you’ll have a firm idea of what they are, what they’re for, and whether you should get one. So, let’s get right to it…

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What is a Shutter Mid-Rail?

A mid-rail, also known as a divider rail, is a 76mm wide horizontal bar that divides a shutter panel into two sections: top and bottom. It typically runs across the centre of the shutter to provide additional support and structure. However, the height of the shutter mid-rail is customisable, so you’re free to line it up with your window rails or transoms.

Optional or Necessary?

A shutter mid-rail is usually optional and will depend on your personal preferences. However, we should point out two things:

  1. A mid-rail can only be applied to full height shutters.

  2. Any full height shutter at a height of 1800mm (hardwood) or 1500mm (faux wood) will require a mid-rail.


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The Benefits of a Mid-Rail

We love a mid-rail here at The Shutter Store, but not because we’re sentimental. Adding one to your full height shutters has several advantages:

  • Durability: The mid-rail provides additional stability to the shutter panel, reducing the risk of warping or sagging over time, especially for taller panels.

  • Light control and privacy: Being able to adjust the slats of the top and bottom sections independently gives you more control over light and privacy.

  • Complement your windows: Having a shutter mid-rail that lines up with your window rails or transoms will create a uniform, seamless look.

To Mid-Rail or Not to Mid-Rail?

If you’re unsure about whether your shutters would be better with or without a mid-rail, fret not! We’ve got an expert team who are always here to answer your questions. Why not send us some photos of your windows along with your questions? Email us today at hello@theshutterstore.co.uk and one of the team will be in touch shortly.