Cafe Shutters

These shutters are fabricated in any style of louver or panel. The Café style means that only the lower part of the window is covered with the shutter.

Americana DeVenco manufactures new shutters to your exact specifications for your application. We can finish in the color you choose (or raw for you to finish) and all shutters ship pre-hinged and ready to install. You should expect your Americana DeVenco shutters to last into the next generation with little maintenance.

  • Please refer to the specifications listed on the style of shutter you want
  • Standard is fabricated from Basswood
  • Shutters can be provided painted, stained, primed, or raw
  • Hanging method (inside mount with butt hinges, hanging stop, or 3-sided or 4-sided frame)
  • Number of panels across the window (based upon width and/or design)
  • Lockrail(s) to separate sections of louvers
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)

Hanging Options, Frames, T-Post Diagrams

  • Hanging stop matches style of shutter
  • Frame matches style of shutter
  • Please refer to the specifications listed on the style of shutter you want
  • Standard is fabricated from Basswood
  • Shutters can be provided painted, stained, primed, or raw
  • Hanging method (inside mount with butt hinges, hanging stop, or 3-sided or 4-sided frame)
  • Number of panels across the window (based upon width and/or design)
  • Lockrail(s) to separate sections of louvers
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)

Hanging Options, Frames, T-Post Diagrams

  • Hanging stop matches style of shutter
  • Frame matches style of shutter

Americana DeVenco Fabricates High Quality, Hand Crafted Shutters

The Victorian shutters you buy today will be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you have a home of period significance, a new home designed to replicate period architecture, or you are renovating and desire a timeless window dressing, our shutters are tailored to your requirements.

  • Solid wood components. There are no finger-jointed or “glued up parts.” All components are solid wood and custom milled to exacting specifications in our shop. There are no ready-made parts, imported parts or stock fabricated parts…and never faux wood.
  • Mortise and dowel construction. Americana DeVenco shutters are not screwed together, stapled, or pinned together. We use old-fashioned cabinetmaker joinery. This assures the shutter will never fall out of square at the joints under its own weight.
  • Nylon rotation pins. Louver operation is smooth and effortless, even if it is refinished numerous times.
  • Proportional design. Based upon the style of shutter used.
  • Hanging hinge mortise. Mortising for hanging hinges is standard, allowing a custom fit within the window jamb.
  • Rabbeted stiles. One additional custom feature that provides total privacy and blocks additional light and heat.

 

Americana DeVenco Victorian Shutters Are Constructed of the Finest Material

All wood is milled by us in our shop. There are no prefab or stock-sized parts. All work is done in our shop by skilled craftsmen to the highest standards in the industry today.

Following our state-of-the-art CAD drawings that are reviewed and approved by the customer for accuracy, the components for each shutter are cut by hand, piece by piece, the old-fashioned way. The shutters are then assembled by hand using old-world cabinetmaker construction techniques.

After assembly, each shutter is sanded and buffed by hand and prepared for finishing. All shutters receive a superlative finish in the color specified by you. We can match any brand or a provided color. The result is a quality finish that will be easy to maintain and which should last for many years.

Hardware is carefully set on each shutter, and they are packed like Waterford crystal for shipping.

We Know Cafe

Not merely “the bottom half of a full set” of shutters, Café Shutters are actually specifically constructed for the purpose of covering the lower portion of the window. Any shutter style can be fabricated at the shorter height which allows natural light to enter the room while maintaining privacy with the shutters blocking the lower half of the window, lending itself well to kitchens and bathrooms.

These shutters mimic the original use of shutters on the bottom portion of windows in Tudor England when glass was difficult to get and expensive. Only the upper part of the opening would have a glass pane and the lower shutters typically remained across the window all the time. This shutter arrangement allows light and air when needed, highlighting its versatility. This style is also where café curtains originated, which are also applied to the lower portion of a window for the same purpose.

For tall windows, you can enjoy the incoming daylight while preserving privacy from the curious eyes of passersby. Like full height shutters, you can open or close the shutters as desired, but most Café shutters will remain open across the window and only the louvers will be adjusted when additional light is desired. Additionally, Café shutters will block out distracting views such as parking lots or utilities and mechanicals while displaying sky, clouds, trees, and higher foliage. A person entering such a room is free to imagine a prettier scene than may actually exist behind the shutters.

If you have north facing or heavily shaded windows, you may not need the upper portion of your windows covered at all. This style is ideal for letting in breezes to circulate outdoor air when they are used in areas conducive to air flow. Café shutters look elegant by themselves, or can easily be paired with window treatments to add interest and color to the upper portion of the window. You can also mix full height shutters in the same room as Café shutters in the same style for a consistent look that meets your needs.

We at Americana DeVenco Shutters construct shutters of all sizes, shapes and configurations. You should not feel that you are relegated to a particular style or design. Be Bold. We will fabricate for your windows whatever you imagine.

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Room/Descriptor

Example: North West window in Office

What room or window is this product for?

Example: 6 windows

How many windows of the same width & height do you need shutters for?

Example: 36 inches

What is the total width of the window(s)? Please refer to Measurement Guide

Example: 52 inches

What is the total height of the window(s)? Please refer to Measurement Guide

What shutter type would you like quoted?

What is the shutter configuration?

How many panels/leafs across the window do you want?

Can open left or right

Can open each to one side OR can open both to one side (bi-fold)

Can open bi-fold to either side

Opens as bi-fold both left and right

How do you want to mount the shutters?

What finish would you like on your shutters?

Options: Raw, primed, painted, or stained

What hardware would you like included?

Select all that apply.

Available to match color of hinges

Do you have photos that you would like to share about this window type?

Drop files to upload or UPLOAD

Do you have any other information that you would like to share about this shutter?

The next step will allow you to add more shutters and add project information.

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Ready for Installation

When your Americana DeVenco shutters arrive, they are ready to install—minimal assembly required. Each hanging hinge allows fine-tuning to tolerate minimal adjustments in the installation in order to align each panel with its mate and tolerate potentially out-of-square windows.

Tools required for installation are:

  • Screw gun with Phillips and square drives
  • 1/8” drill bit
  • 1/8” shim

Our staff is available for support Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:00 PM CST. Do not hesitate to call.

Resources

Victorian Louvered Shutter
Plantation Louvered Shutter
Caribbean Louvered Shutter
Raised Panel Diagram
Directions on How to Measure for Interior Shutters
Shutter Order Form
How to Fill Out the Order Form
Hardware Options
Lumber Options
Shutter Installation Instructions

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