The divider rail feature allows for a top portion of your shutter to be open while the bottom is closed or vice-avers. Of course, if a divider rail is not needed for structural support on a large window, then this same effect could be accomplished with a split tilt. A split tilt allows you to open a set portion of your shutters louvers without a divider rail.
Here are some quick rules of thumb for designing your shutter with a divider rail:
- If you are trying to preserve a view, and do not need a divider rail for structural support on a large window, then do not add a divider rail.
- If you have large windows with a horizontal mullion built into the window, then place the divider rail as close to the window mullion as is possible.
- If you have a large solid glass window, and want the divider rail as a design element, then either divide the window in the center, or else follow the one third - two thirds rule - meaning place the divider rail down one third from the top - or up one third from the bottom.
- If splitting the window in the center with a divider rail, and the louver count is uneven, then be sure to have the extra louver below the divider rail.
- If you are wanting to try something outside of these parameters, it is best to seek a professional window covering professional or designer to avoid a potentially unpleasant visual error,
By following these few simple rules, you will be assured a beautiful look for your plantation shutter ordered with a divider rail.
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