My Easy DIY Plantation Shutters

I re-vamped my bedroom with gorgeous DIY plantation shutters that were quick and easy to install, plus a fabulous choice for my allergy-prone family!

I have been wanting to get plantation shutters installed in my bedroom for ages as my old blinds were driving me nuts! I finally decided to give these DIY custom made shutters a whirl, and I was so impressed with how quick and easy they were to fit – I’m absolutely loving how they look too!

plantation shutters for bedroom

In partnership with Half Price Blinds

The whole process of getting these new window shutters was really seamless. I simply measured my windows, popped all these details in when I was ordering online, and then my shutters arrived in a flat pack ready to install a few weeks later.

Flat pack DIY shutters

MEASURING TIP: If you do decide to order interior shutters online, measure your windows… and then measure them again! I actually measured top to bottom of the left and the right side of the one window, only to realise one side was slightly shorter than the other. Measure different sections of your window so you can give the exact measurements. Half Price Blinds will then make the shutters so that they slot effortlessly into any window shape or size.

Easy to install plantation shutters

Before installing the new shutters, I took the opportunity to give my windows and windowsills a really good clean – to be honest, the cleaning probably took longer than the installation – LOL! I used a non-toxic, plant-based multi-purpose cleaner to get all the dirt and grime out of the sill and surrounds, and then vinegar with a microfibre cloth to clean the glass.

Chemical free cleaning spray

Our windowsills required the frame and shutters to be installed together, so it was a two-person job. My husband and daughter easily installed the blinds though – it literally took them about 10 minutes for each window. 

Installing easy DIY plantation shutters

The shutters arrived already assembled in the box, so it was just a matter of slipping each one into the windowsill and drilling the screws into place. Our blinds came a few millimetres smaller than our windowsills, which meant they slotted in perfectly.

Installing the shutters in my bedroom

You will need your own screws and drill for this part, but there are detailed instructions for installation available here if you need more guidance.

Screw in easy bedroom shutters

These plantation shutters were so easy to install and much more affordable than the readily available ones I’d seen in the homeware stores – but the quality was still second to none! They come in a range of colours too, but I can’t go past classic white window shutters when teamed with crisp white linen.

White linen, flowers and plantation shutters

My room looks so much tidier with the plantation shutters, and I love that there are no messy hanging cords! The shutters would be especially great in a nursery or young child’s room because there are no cords that need securing, plus when closed, they block the light out much better than my old blinds did.

They’re not black out blinds, but it is much darker… until I open them up that is, and let the glorious light pour back in!

Winter bedroom with throw and plantation shutters

In addition to looking fab, these shutters are also much easier to clean than curtains – which is great when you have a family that suffer from dust-mite allergies and skin conditions like mine do. Whilst cleaning the plantation shutters is easy, I do also like to use a track cleaner for getting the hard to reach areas around the windows. 

Grout cleaner for window sills blinds and shutters

I was so excited by how fancy and fresh the shutters made my room look, that I was inspired to redecorate my room to match! On the weekend I got my old blue doona cover out of the top of my storage – which is a lovely warm colour for winter – and I decorated it with cushions from our new collection.

You can view all our NEW range of cushions here.  

Bedroom makeover and DIY shutters

If you decide to give Half Price Blinds a go but are still nervous about the DIY side of it (I know I was!), they offer a lot of support. There’s support available via their Facebook page, you can call their 100% Australian customer support team, or there’s heaps of online resources to check out like these tips for How To Install Blinds Yourself. My husband and I are not the handiest of people, and honestly, we found the whole process really easy (I should say my hubby found it easy – I can’t really take any credit for the actual installation process as I was taking the photos – LOL!). 

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19 comments

TARA June 12, 2020 - 10:37 AM

I love the idea of this. I actually have beautiful matching wooden blinds in all our rooms but when the wind blows in a nice breeze they bang around and drive me crazy (problem is solved if you open the blinds but at night I want them closed). I think these would not only look good but mean a breeze could still come in at night without all the noise…thanks

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Yvon June 12, 2020 - 10:48 AM

How can you call it DIY plantation shutters??? You ordered them, they came assembled – you only installed them. I’m looking for DIY. Disappointed.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 12, 2020 - 11:25 AM

LOLs Yvon well I call it DIY because I had always thought you get someone in do up a quote then they come and install them, but this way you order online and do it yourself installing them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Maureen B June 12, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Umm they were D.I.Y Installation ..you would need to make the shutters yourself from a log of wood to come under your definition of do it yourself … I would definately call this D.I.Y . JMO

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 12, 2020 - 11:24 AM

This is exactly why I wanted the plantation shutters my other blinds banged around at night and I am such a light sleeper, I don’t even like the cat purring LOL. But I like the window open to let in fresh air. Now there is no frustration while I try and get to sleep!!

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gemma June 12, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Can I ask what sort of price these came in at?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 12, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Just a couple of hundred, I was super surprised. You can get the prices before ordering ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amiee June 12, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Love these Shutters!! We did our whole house. The value for $$’s & the quality is A+

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 16, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Couldn’t agree more Amiee! I am loving my bedroom shutters ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vanessa Ebert June 12, 2020 - 2:49 PM

I am definitely going to look into this because I want shutters too. Thanks for this info Kat.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 16, 2020 - 10:47 AM

My pleasure Vanessa ๐Ÿ™‚ Kat

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Cassandra June 12, 2020 - 4:36 PM

These look great! I will definitely order these in the next week or so ๐Ÿ™‚

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 16, 2020 - 10:48 AM

You won’t regret it Cassandra! Kat x

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Farah Dyer-Steel June 12, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Oh these look great and as a domestic cleaner, I can confirm they’re super easy to clean. Makes the room with white walls lovely and bright. I also really like that mustard coloured throw – may I ask where you purchased it from please?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 16, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Farah I loved this throw so much that I actually stock it in my shop now, you can see it here. I love it so much! Kat x

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Julia June 20, 2020 - 11:53 AM

I have shutters on my bedroom window. Love the look, but our bedroom is on the eastern side of the house so flooded with light in the mornings (especially in summer). I got a blackout roller blind installed behind the shutter – problem solved. I like a nice dark room for sleeping, and love a “nanna nap” on the weekends, so this is a great solution.
Might try the DIY ones when I update my daughter’s bedroom.
Good post Katrina ๐Ÿ™‚

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 23, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Julia that’s a great idea combining the blackout curtains with the shutters, and yes, I certainly recommend these DIY shutters if you’re updating another room ๐Ÿ™‚ Kat x

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Stanley Thomas March 8, 2021 - 9:28 PM

That blog was very well done! I need to do exactly this project and I donโ€™t think it was lacking anything needed to show me how to do it on my own.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2021 - 11:21 AM

Great to hear you found it helpful!

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