Shutter Hardware 101

Shutter Hardware

Shutters can be decorative for architectural accents that make windows stand out, for protection from storms or simply providing shade. Shutter hardware is used to decorate shutters, attach them to the house and make them functional. At Lynn Cove we make hardware for both Colonial and Bahama style shutters.

Colonial style shutters are the most popular and consist of two vertical panels which sit to the left and the right of the window.

There are four main things to consider when selecting shutter hardware for these traditional shutters: the pintle, the hinge, the shutter stay, and the shutter bolt.

Pintles and Hinges

Pintles and hinges are commonly sold in pairs, typically one pair per shutter. Here is the most common, the Rounded Suffolk Pintle:

and Suffolk “L” Hinge:

And this is how they look on a house with a shutter open, and with a shutter closed. (click on the images for a closer look):

(Shutter Open)
(Shutter Closed)

Some examples of other types of pintles and hinges:

Pintles and hinges are chosen based on the required “Offset”

The pintle offset is the distance from the center of the pintle to the back of the back plate
The hinge offset is the distance from the center of the barrel to the back of the flat plate
In a traditional installation when the shutters are open, the offsets of the pintle and hinge are added together to determine the total “Throw”

Selecting the correct hinge and pintle combination for your shutters does not have to be complicated, but it certainly can be in some situations. Lynn Cove is here to help with hardware selection. Contact us today.

Let’s take a quick look at the most common installations.

First, Surface Mount

In this common installation type, the shutter has to overcome a material around the window, such as stone or wood, that sticks out further than where the pintle is mounted.

The important things to consider here are Total Throw and the space for the closed shutter. Your Total Throw needs to be big enough that the shutter can overcome the wood or stone siding when open. In this configuration the hinges are visible when the shutters are closed.

(Hinge Offset) plus (Pintle Offset) = Total Throw

(Pintle Offset) minus (Hinge Offset) = Space for Shutter.

Next, Recessed Mount

This is a traditional way to mount shutters that is becoming less common as new construction will often not have a recessed cavity for the shutter to sit in. It is very important that the shutters are made to the correct height, width and thickness when using this style as they must sit inside the window cavity. If using a shutter bolt extra room must be allowed so the hardware does not touch the glass. The hinges are visible when the shutters are closed.

In this situation it is necessary that (Hinge Offset) = (Pintle Offset).

Reverse Mount

The Reverse mount is helpful because it is fairly simple. The shutter sits on the reverse side of the hinge in the closed position when compared to the previous two mounting styles. The hinges are visible in the open position, which allows you to show off your hardware. Here is an example:

Note in this reverse mount how the hinges are visible when the shutters are open

Last, the Flush Mount

In the flush mount the shutters sit flush against the house when open, and the shutters sit in front of the window cavity when closed. This is also a popular option for shutters that will never close because there is no complex measuring required. The hinges are visible in the closed position.

Other things to keep in mind when mounting your shutters with pintles and hinges is the reveal of the hinge and the diameter of the pintle pin.

The reveal is how much of a difference in left/right placement the edge of the shutter will travel when open versus closed. All Lynn Cove ‘Suffolk’ Hinges have a 1-1/2” reveal. All Lynn Cove ‘New York’ Hinges have a 1-1/4” reveal.

Remember to consider the pintle pin diameters – All Lynn Cove ‘Suffolk’ Pintles have a 1/2” pin diameter. All Lynn Cove ‘New York’ Pintles have a 3/8” pin diameter. For these reasons it is important not to mix ‘New York’ and ‘Suffolk’ styles.

Shutter Stays

Shutter Stays, sometimes called ‘shutter dogs’ or ‘tie backs’, are used to hold the shutter in the open position. They are designed to sit in a vertical position by natural weight, but to be installed so that when turned sideways the shutter can close.

Some examples:

Alternatively a ‘hidden stay’, also called a bullet catch, can be used behind the shutter to hold it open:

Shutter Bolts

For shutters that will never close choosing a pintle, hinge and shutter stay may be the end of the shutter hardware selection. For shutters that are functional and will be used, a shutter bolt is required.

Shutter bolts come in two pieces, the bolt and the catch. One piece goes on each shutter directly opposite each other. When the bolt is thrown the shutters are held closed. The bolt can go on the outside or inside of the closed shutters, however, it should be placed on whichever side is accessible when the shutters are closed.

Bolts are often included even on non-functional shutters as decoration to create the appearance of functionality.


If the bolt is placed on the inside of the shutters, be sure there is sufficient space for the bolt to sit without hitting the glass.

Other examples of bolts:

In conclusion, for every pair of shutters remember to pick out your pintles, hinges, shutter stays and shutter bolts.

In coastal areas we highly recommend selecting stainless steel as your material choice. Galvanized carbon steel is a lower cost option and is also available.

Bahama style shutters

Next, Bahama style shutters. Bahama shutters are attached from the top of the window and are kept open at an angle. The can be used for shelter from storms, a way to provide shade, and provide a nice architectural accent.

Bahama shutters can be held to the house using pintles and hinges, much like a colonial shutter but turned sideways.

When using this mounting style it is advisable to have the pintles point in opposite directions. TBC…