Most shutter companies only supply shutters in a frame. However it is possible just to order ‘shutters panels’ only, they can be ordered as single panels with no hinges or hinged up and ready to fit.
If you don’t want your interior shutters in a frame you will need to think about how they will be fitted. Normally they are hung on side battens, this makes it easy to ensure the shutters line up and that they operate properly.
You need to be aware of the louvres protruding out from the back of the shutters when ordering them on their own. When the shutters are fitted directly to a window frame or door, the louvres can often operate within the glass recess. If there is no recess, battens might be required to space the louvres away from any obstacles.
You could hinge the shutters straight onto the window or door, screw through the stile of the shutter or use magnets to hold them in place.
Some examples of using just shutters only might be next to a front door, where you normally find narrow tall sidelights and a deep shutter frame would not look right. Perhaps you have a shallow window sill or your trying match an existing shutter installation. Battens can be customised to size and made to match existing surrounds if needed.
Remember, you can also request wider side stiles or custom stile designs if required.
For further help on customising your shutters contact me (Sam) through my website opennshut.co.uk or on my Facebook page.