How Much Are Estate Shutters?

C.E. Larusso
Written by C.E. Larusso
Updated January 7, 2022
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The typical cost for estate shutters is $20 to $45 per square foot

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Popular in the South, estate shutters are an elegant, classic window treatment that are excellent at blocking out light and heat. While they are generally a little pricier than other coverings, you’ll see a decent return on investment—typically 75%.

On average, the cost of having estate shutters installed is $2,700. The cost is broken down either by total square footage, or with labor and materials charged separately. When charged separately, labor typically costs $65 to $100 per hour, with an average of two hours per window. Most homes have eight windows, bringing the total price of labor to $1,040 to $1,600.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Estate Shutters Near You?

As with most home renovation projects, installing estate shutters in major metros such as Los Angeles and New York City will be more expensive, especially on the high end, than installing them in less dense places. However, much of the pricing depends on the materials used. Here is some sample average pricing for various regions:

RegionAverage Pricing
Chicago$1,282 – $4,232
Mobile, AL$1,695 – $2,245
Salt Lake City, UT$2,000 – $2,780
New York$1,720 – $3,580
San Francisco$1,380 – $3,695

How Much Does It Cost To Install Estate Shutters Yourself?

Estate shutters range in price from $45 to $420 each. Materials for a whole house with eight windows would come in between $360 and $3,360, with real hardwood costing the most, at $55 to $420 each, and faux wood priced around $45 to $300.

If you decide to install your estate shutters on your own, you’ll likely save $65 to $100 per hour on labor costs, the total of which varies based on number of windows and complexity.

Unless you have experience fitting sturdy window treatments, we recommend hiring a shutter installer near you. They’ll be able to select the best panel sizes for each of your windows, and install them evenly over the window frame. In addition, hiring an installer might get you wholesale pricing on the materials.

Estate Shutters Cost Breakdown

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Materials

There are many types of materials to choose from when selecting your estate shutters.

Hardwood shutters will set you back the most, costing $55 to $420 for each window panel. Natural wood is very porous and should only be installed in areas with low moisture and humidity, such as the living room and the bedroom. For kitchens and bathrooms, consider faux wood.

Faux wood shutters (also known as composite wood or engineered wood) cost $45 to $300 each, and can be installed in any room. They’re considered a low-maintenance, sturdy choice; you likely won’t have to replace them very often.

Vinyl estate shutters cost $100 to $300 each, are easy to clean, and very low-maintenance.

PVC-made window coverings are $100 to $300 each. This easy-to-clean material is also fire-resistant.

Size

The larger the size of the shutters, the higher the cost. Typically, a contractor will charge $20 to $45 per square foot, with discounts built in for bulk or wholesale orders. This pricing bundles materials and labor, however it usually assumes custom-built shutters; pre-made options may not include the price of labor.

How Much Do Estate Shutters Cost by Type?

Window TypeAverage Pricing
Bay Windows$800
Sliding Glass Doors$860 – $1,040
Patio French Doors$640 – $950
California Shutters$2,200

Bay Windows

If you have bay windows, expect to pay around $800 total for your shutters to accommodate the center window panel ($350 for hardwood or $270 for faux wood) and the two side panels ($200 for hardwood and $150 for faux wood).

Sliding Glass Doors

Assuming your sliding glass doors are standard size (80-inch by 60-inch), you will likely spend around $860. Longer doors, 80-inch by 72-inch, clock in at $1,040 or so.

Patio French Doors

Assuming your French doors are 80-inch by 24-inch, you should expect to pay $640; a larger size of 80-inch by 36-inch will come out to about $950.

California Shutters

Some people enjoy the less dramatic look of California shutters, which have slightly smaller (one- to two-inch) louvers. The average cost for California shutters is $2,200, with a range of $1,400 to $3,400 on the high end. This figure should include the installation of eight windows, each priced from $70 to $1,140 (assuming two hours of labor, priced at $65 to $105 per hour, per window). If your shutters are custom-made, the rate should follow the square foot pricing of $20 to $45 per square foot, all-inclusive of labor costs.

FAQs

Why would I choose shutters over blinds?

Shutters are more expensive, so if cost is a major factor, you may want to look into shades or blinds for your home. Shutters, though more costly, are very energy-efficient, offering stellar insulation from both heat and cold. In addition, they are extremely sturdy.

Which type of estate shutter offers the best value?

Faux wood, priced from $45 to $300 each, offers a good value. They are resilient to high humidity, so can be installed in more rooms than hardwood can.

How do I get the best price on estate shutters?

To get wholesale pricing on your estate shutters, you’ll need to buy them in bulk, and that means making the purchase through a window installation professional.

There are many popular estate shutter brands covering a range of price points.

On the higher end, Hunter Douglas shutters are priced between $20 and $26 per square foot, offering both hardwood and faux wood options to purchase. The company produces products of the highest quality, and has excellent customer service to boot.

Right in the middle is Budget Blinds, which prices their shutters at $20 to $24 per square foot. If you want wood or natural wood but are on a budget, this company could be a good option; the quality is excellent but the price is more manageable for many.

The most affordable option we recommend is Graber. This company has a wide range of options, with both natural and faux wood products. Graber shutters are priced $18 to $24 per square foot.

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