Are you looking to fit plantation shutters to your home but you have large window handles? Here are some tips to help:
A lot of standard UPVC window handles can be changed for low profile handles, this is probably the cheapest and easier option to try first.
With wide windows and a Tpost design, you should find the handles actually sit behind the stile of the shutter and that the louvre blades tilt and miss the handle. The handle needs to be a straight handle rather than a cranked design. It’s very easy to change to a straight design if required.
Shutter frames can be ordered with extensions fitted to the back of the shutter frame to ensure the louvres are fitted further away from your handle.
One option is to side fix your shutters. You can then choose where in the recess you install the shutter frame, so it can be positioned in front of your handles to make sure the louvre blades do not hit the handles.
The plantation shutter design can also be designed to ensure any window handles sit behind middle rails or shutter stiles. When a middle rail is lined up with a rail on your window then there are no operating louvre blades at this point. This allows the shutter frame to be fitted closer to the window rather than using extensions or changing the handles for example.