Lifetime Plantation Shutters produces shutters of the finest quality for discriminating homeowners. Our Sussex Wooden Plantation Shutters are hand-crafted from only the finest basswood and other hardwoods selected by our own buyer from a small handful of trusted UK timber importers. We will not purchase timbers from general importers, nor be enticed by their “deal of the week”. Lifetime Plantation Shutters customers get only the finest timbers available.
Our shutters are an investment that will appreciate with time so that our customers not only enjoy the sheer beauty of their plantation shutters but will also obtain a return on their investment should they wish to sell their property at some point in the future.
Our craftsmen take great pride in their work, and use traditional skills of furniture design and production that have been handed down through the centuries, combined with the latest innovative technological developments.
Every shutter that we produce is designed to fit your window and complement your home in a way that no competitor can. For that unique final touch, choose your own frame and panel designs, and select from a wide range of colours to suit your room and your windows.
Not all timbers are the same. The very best heirloom furniture is made using quarter-sawn wood. So are Lifetime Plantation Shutters.
Quarter sawing is a process whereby the logs are first quartered lengthwise and each quarter is then tipped up on its’ point and cut along its’ axis. The result is timbers with the annual growth rings most perpendicular to the faces, which gives straight striped grain lines and greater stability than flat-sawn wood. The wood is much less susceptible to cupping, twisting, or warping.
Another important feature of Lifetime Plantation Shutters is the use of the correct joints. We use mortice-and-tenon joints that are designed to cope with the stresses endured by shutters.
Every piece of wood that is used is subject to a series of sanding with progressively finer grades of sandpaper: this process opens the pores of the wood and smooths the surface. Each shutter layer is coated with a fine quality stain or paint which is what achieves the deep translucent finish of our Lifetime Plantation Shutters. It is labour-intensive but the only way to achieve the finish that our customers deserve.
Our Prescription Wood Conditioning technique is unique to Lifetime Shutters. No other manufacturer that we know of does this.
It involves our wood conditioning specialists visiting your home or other location in order to determine the average humidity.
The wood that is to be used for your plantation shutters is then carefully dried to match that exact humidity. This ensures that your plantation shutters will close tightly and without any gaps and will remain that way for your lifetime. Wood has a tendency to deform, but we overcome this by using a combination of reinforced wood stiles with multiple layers that are bonded with heat, pressure, and a proprietary chemical.
The resulting shutters are superior to any alternative.
Any possible shape of shutters supplied, many with operable louvers and panels that open so that you can access the windows for cleaning.
Wooden shutters with a track system for sliding shutters.
French door cut-out shutters with handle and doorknob access.
Speciality shapes that can combine with rectangular windows.