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DIY Plantation Shutters - What's involved? 0

If you like a modern clean home, then surely you’re in market for Plantation Shutters. These modern window coverings are so glamorous that you’ll be in love with your interiors. 

It can be scary to think about installing Plantation Shutters yourself. However, a simple technique of measure twice and install once, helps when thinking to DIY Plantation Shutters. If the measurements are done properly, with a few easy DIY steps installation can be done with ease. All Plantation Shutters from Forever Blinds are made for easy DIY install and come with installation instructions. 

Where do you start your DIY Plantation Shutters job?

It’s as simple as grabbing a quality tape measure with a pen and paper and with your DIY hat on, you are on your first step to DIY Plantation Shutters. Next job is to decide whether you want the Plantation Shutters installed inside or outside the window recess and make a note of it. If installing inside your window recess also check if your window has a protruding window sill (floor level windows are also considered same as a window with sill). It’s also a good time at this stage, to note down a reference for your window. It is also important to check the for required clearance or recess depth at this time. Different types of Plantation Shutters require different depth. 

Recess Depth (clearance from obstructions) Required for Forever Blinds Shutter Type


Aluminium Plantation Shutters - 67 mm

Poly PVC Plantation Shutters - 52 mm

Timber Plantation Shutters - 52 mm

Express Plantation Shutters - 65 mm

Also, with Plantation Shutters depending on the drop your shutter panel may require a mid-rail. This is similar to having a fixed louvre in-between your panels. At Forever Blinds, when ordering online, a mid-rail option will automatically appear, should you need it depending on the drop of your plantation shutter. The default is set to half of the drop where required, but you get an option to enter the height (from bottom of drop) while customising your DIY Plantation Shutter. A handy tip is to utilise this mid-rail height option to align with any existing dividing bars, mullions, handles or other obstructions to maintain an uninterrupted view. 

Mid-rail example (with height measurement)

Once you have the information, simply measure your windows for the desired installation type (inside or outside frame). Click here for measuring instructions.

Why should you DIY Plantation Shutters

With so many pop-up companies trying to compete with each other, there are many options available to have Plantation Shutters installed. These options usually come with a price tag and possibly a low-quality product with hefty margins. DIY options, although require you to do a bit of work yourself but will mostly save you money and possibly be a quality product. At Forever Blinds, the easy to DIY Plantation Shutters are available in high quality PVC, Timber and Aluminium options. With plenty of shades to select from, you have the option to order up to 6 free samples at a time. If DIY is not your option, Forever Blinds have the option for you to do a rough measure and select the check measure & install option to get the perfect measure & install service from the manufacturer.  


Check out our range of DIY Plantation Shutters Online. Let us know your opinion. Leave a comment below!

Are Zebra Blinds Blockout? 0

The simple answer is yes, they can be made with blockout or room darkening fabrics! 


This gorgeous blind type, Zebra Blinds, comes from the Roller Blinds family and as such comes in similar fabric options, from light filtering to blockout shades and from lighter neutral shades to bold brighter shades.Zebra Blinds can be fully rolled up for a clear view of the outside and when rolled down, the fabric sits flat against the window for a light blocking or room darkening effect.

Blockout Zebra Blinds Australia

What does the blockout Zebra Blind do?

Good question? It really does darken your room! You really need to think if near to complete room darkening during the day is a must or not. Both blockout and light filtering fabrics give you privacy options during the day and night. The main difference is that during the day, blockout fabrics can provide near to complete room darkening whereas, the light filtering fabrics will allow for some filtered light to enter through during the day. The blockout Zebra Blinds are generally good for bedrooms where early morning light may be an issue and light filtering fabrics are great for living areas as they make the area feel energetic and look bigger during the day. If consistency is desirable, light filtering or blockout Zebra Blinds go well throughout the house including glass sliding doors.

Blockout Zebra Blinds trend in Australia?

Zebra Blinds are in trend and has been the buzzword in the window furnishings industry for quite a few years. What makes them special is the specially made advanced fabric. Although the fabric sits flat against the window like a roller blind, if desirable you can still maintain the view outside while maintaining privacy. How is this possible, right? It’s because, unlike a traditional roller blind, when a Zebra Blind is in rolled down position, the mechanism allows for horizontal fabric slats to move vertically and adjust the amount of light entering the room, while maintaining the view through the sheer fabric layer. Of course, the fabric slats can be aligned in closed position, allowing privacy and full light control like a roller blind. It gives you the flexibility of a venetian blind in a fabric roller blind with adjustable slat style light control.

Blockout Zebra Blinds Australia

Why get a Blockout Zebra Blind?

If you are in market and looking for a Double Roller Blind, the one’s that come with 2 blinds for 1 window, also known as Day and Night Blinds, then the Zebra Blind is a perfect in trend choice. The modern looking blind not only adds its aesthetic charisma to the interior décor but also requires less real estate than the Double Roller Blind. At Forever Blinds, select from an exclusive range of blockout and translucent fabric options for Zebra Blinds.

Where to get Zebra Blinds from?

It really depends on whether you are looking to get it measured and installed or are happy to save money (bit of DIY involved). If you are looking for a free measure & quote, there’s an easy route of 3 quotes and the cheapest wins. You get to see a rushed-up sales pitch with fabric swatches and quotes to choose from. It could get you the job done but expect to pay the traditional price. 


Is there another way? Interestingly yeah! 

Let’s introduce you to buying Blockout Zebra Blinds Online, the Forever Blinds style. Get a tape measure and follow these easy 2 step process and with a bit of DIY you can get your own quote online. The online store gives you access to browse products at the convenience of your time and order up to 6 free samples to match them to your décor not just once during the free measure and quote, but unlimited times at your convenience. Along with the online shopping customised experience, the Zebra Blind itself comes fully assembled for an easy DIY installation. Simply mount the brackets and clip on the blind. Easy as! Always follow installation instructions, or you can contact us for any assistance. 


Need to know more about Zebra Blinds? Checkout our blog post on Types of Roller Blinds or check out our range of light filtering and blockout Zebra Blind fabrics online. 


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