Pocket Shutters

These shutters are specially fabricated to fold into a pocket, either an existing one or one specifically created for this purpose. When the shutters are completely opened, you only see the back side of the paneled leaf that appears to be part of the wall or window jamb.

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.

Flanking Raised Panel

  • Raised Panel to front and flat panel to back is 5/8” thick
  • Stile is 1-3/4” wide x 13/16” thick
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail are 13/16” thick

Inner Victorian Shutter Leaf

  • Louvers are 1-7/8” wide x 7/16” thick
  • Beaded stile is 1-5/8” wide x 13/16” thick
  • 1-1/2” Spacing between louvers
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail are 3/4” thick
  • Tilt control arm is 3/8” wide x 1/2” tall

Overall

  • Standard is fabricated from Basswood
  • Shutters can be provided painted, stained, primed, or raw
  • Number of panels across the window (based upon width and/or design)
  • Double hung (two tiers) or single hung (one tier)
  • Lockrail(s) to separate sections of panels
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)

Flanking Raised Panel

  • Raised Panel to front and flat panel to back is 5/8” thick
  • Stile is 1-3/4” wide x 13/16” thick
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail are 13/16” thick

Inner Victorian Shutter Leaf

  • Louvers are 1-7/8” wide x 7/16” thick
  • Beaded stile is 1-5/8” wide x 13/16” thick
  • 1-1/2” Spacing between louvers
  • Top rail, bottom rail, and lock rail are 3/4” thick
  • Tilt control arm is 3/8” wide x 1/2” tall

Overall

  • Standard is fabricated from Basswood
  • Shutters can be provided painted, stained, primed, or raw
  • Number of panels across the window (based upon width and/or design)
  • Double hung (two tiers) or single hung (one tier)
  • Lockrail(s) to separate sections of panels
  • Lumber (Poplar, Pine, Oak, Sapele Mahogany, etc.)

Americana DeVenco Fabricates High Quality, Hand Crafted Shutters

The Pocket 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.
  • Rabbeted stiles. One additional custom feature that provides total privacy and blocks additional light and heat.
  • Hanging hinge mortise. Mortising for hanging hinges is standard, allowing a custom fit within the window jamb.
  • Proportional design.

Victorian Louvered Leaf

    • Victorian 13/16″ by 1-5/8″ beaded stiles assure aesthetically pleasing design as well as structural integrity.
    • 1-7/8″ louvers spaced at 1-1/2″ inches on center provide excellent closure and actual room darkening in daylight.
    • Lockrails are customary at no extra charge based upon the height of the shutter and provide structural support and absolute stability within a panel while allowing upper louvers to function separately from lower louvers.

Raised Panel Leaf

    • Raised Panel 13/16″ by 1-3/4″ stiles assure aesthetically pleasing design as well as structural integrity.
    • 1-1/2” panel raise on front of shutter and flat panel on back to create 3/4” thick panel.
    • Custom lockrails can create either standard styles (see Raised Panel Styles) or bespoke configurations and may incur additional charges.

 

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 Pocket Shutters

The window opening – also known as the embrasure – became deeply recessed in the 18th century due to the construction methods of the time using brick. The deep window jamb provided a convenient space to store shutters when they were hinged in the open position and no longer covering the window. The shutters appeared to be part of the window jamb and almost undetectable at first glance. At night the shutters would fold across the window for privacy and insulation from the elements. This shifted the shutter from merely a functional window dressing to a design element that carpenters could use to dress up the window.

Observe how the inner leaf folds over the raised panel and tuck neatly into the jamb.

The pockets built into the window jamb are a clever detail not often seen in today’s architecture. Brick homes of the 18th and 19th Centuries necessarily required a wall of exceptional thickness since the walls were comprised of solid brick rather than brick veneer. This wall dimension often exceeded 12 to 14 inches and provided a deep window jamb, which served to conveniently store the shutters when hinged in the open position. The inner leaf of the shutter folds onto the flanking Raised Panel, which hinges to cover the pocket opening, thus making the window jamb an architectural feature in the room. Many times, the panel configuration is mirrored at the top of the jamb to further disguise the shutters.

The jamb pockets are commonly splayed or angled outwards. This is to accommodate windows whose shutters are wider than the depth of the window jamb. The angled jamb will serve to conceal the greater width shutter of this wider window. This is important if the window is wide so that the pocket will allow for wider individual leafs. In many cases for windows of ordinary widths, the jambs are constructed to be square or perpendicular to the window.

Adopting many monikers, this style of shutter has been known as a Pocket Shutter, Privacy Shutter, or Embrasured Shutter. Paneled leafs were used in earlier times because they provided an elegant feel, were easier to produce, and provided greater protection from intruders and the elements. Through industrialization, louvered panels came into vogue and mass production made them more available. In many instances, pocket shutters are fabricated in the Brownstone style which incorporates Victorian Shutters for inner leafs with flanking Raised Panel leafs. When you are producing new construction or remodeling projects, the depth of built-in bookcases or cabinetry on either side of a window can be integrated to create a deep enough jamb in which to employ a Pocket Shutter.

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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

Example: 36 inches

What is the width of the pocket that the shutter can fold into?

Example: 4.5 inches

Depth of pocket where a folded shutter can be placed into.

Are the pockets splayed?

The width between the pockets to the interior of the room is wider than next to the window.

What shutter design would you like these to be?

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?

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?

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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

Raised Panel Diagram
Victorian Shutter Diagram
Directions on How to Measure for Interior Shutters
Shutter Order Form
How to Fill Out the Order Form
Shutter Hanging Options & Frames
Hardware Options
Lumber Options
Shutter Installation Instructions

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