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Designing French Door Shutters For Your Home

Commonly, plantation shutters are associated with windows, however, they are also a perfect dressing for the exterior doors in your home. Shutters are more versatile than people tend to realise and they can be installed almost anywhere, including on skylights and as cupboard doors. There are so many benefits to using plantation shutters in less conventional places and if you have French doors in your home, shutters are a great solution to your door dressing needs. 

Not only can French door shutters provide you with increased control over light, but they will instantly enhance your privacy and help to keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round too. Nowadays, plantation shutters can even be designed in line with your specific needs and they’re undeniably a great investment. If you’d like to design some bespoke patio door shutters for your home, there are a few important things to consider, which we have listed below. 

Window Coverings 

When you’re designing shutters for your French doors, whether these are in your conservatory, kitchen or living room, you need to consider your existing window coverings. It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to want to match their window and door coverings to create an elegant uniformed look, and this can elevate your interior design. 

If you already have window shutters throughout your home, consider their design when creating your French door shutters and if you don’t, think about whether you’d like to replace your window coverings at the same time as installing shutters on your exterior doors. 


There are lots of different shutter ranges to choose from, all of which are made from different materials. For example, shutters in the Superior Shutter Range are crafted from FSC-certified poplar. Please note that French door shutters can only be made in wood as there will be shaping of the shutter to go around the existing door handle.


These days, plantation shutters are available in a huge range of standard solid colours and some ranges can even be colour matched to the country’s leading paint manufacturers. The colour you choose will have a huge impact on the overall shutter design and it’s key to ensure you’re making the right decision. When choosing a colour, it can be useful to look at samples in the space you’re going to install the French door shutters. Colours can look different in different types of lighting, so this will help you to ensure you’re choosing the right solution. 


The shutters operate just as normal shutters do and the louvers are adjusted by hand. The panel is hinged so that it can be opened for cleaning the glass. The fact that the shutter is attached to the door means that you do not have to retract a door covering when entering or exiting the room.


Of course, with any home improvement project, how much you have to spend will impact your shutter design. Some shutter ranges will be more expensive than others and your budget may restrict your options. That being said, plantation shutters are more affordable than people assume and there is a budget-friendly option available for everyone. Speak to an expert to get an estimated quote and get a better idea of the cost of installing French door shutters. 

Installing French Door Shutters in Southampton and Portsmouth

When searching for somewhere to purchase bespoke French door shutters in Hampshire and Surrey, explore The Great Shutter Co website today. We have over two decades of experience in the plantation shutter business and we can help you to design the perfect full-height shutters for your exterior doors, as well as any windows you’d like to cover. 

Our team can bring our shutter showroom to you, enabling you to compare different shutter options in the room where they’re going to be installed. From product samples to colour swatches, you will have everything you need to make an informed decision, so you can trust that you are investing in the best plantation shutters for your home. 

Should you have any questions about installing French door shutters in Southampton, Portsmouth and surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.