How to Make Board and Batten Shutters

Dress your windows up. Way up.

If you’re looking for a quick pop of curb appeal, shutters are one of the most effective ways to add it. Placed tastefully, they can introduce instant charm to your windows and entire exterior, while thoroughly complementing your siding and home style.

There’s an abundance of louvered and solid raised panel shutter styles out there, but it’s hard to beat the board and batten style for rustic simplicity. Creating and installing your own DIY PVC shutters is one of the simplest ways to balance great looks and low-maintenance durability― while saving hundreds.

Start with PVC trim boards from Royal® Building Products. The whole job should take a couple of hours.


  • 3 – 1x4x12” PVC boards
  • 3 – 1x4x42” PVC boards
    NOTE: Board length should equal your window height
  • Table saw
  • Safety goggles
  • PVC cement
  • 12 – Trim screws
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Exterior latex paint (optional)
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

Step One

Lay out short boards on cutting table.

Step Two (Optional)

Paint the front sides of your boards and let dry.

Step Three

Position long boards horizontally on short boards.

Step Four

Use spacers to guide distance between long boards.

Step Five

Insert spacers between long boards in next section.

Step Six

Screw long boards to short boards in middle section.

Step Seven

Repeat process on left end of boards

Step Eight

Attach shutter to exterior next to window.

Step Nine

Step back and take in the curb appeal.

DIY Board and Batten PVC shutters are a finishing touch that can influence the look of your entire exterior. Far more than window treatments, they lend curb appeal to your entire exterior.  Best of all, they’re something you can do tomorrow. Or today, if you’re extra motivated.

Interested in learning more about shutters? We invite you to read more about their wide-open design possibilities.

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