90212798755504129_yO7gG47l_fSometimes it can be difficult to just throw things away…especially if they were expensive to begin with. What’s the best solution to replace the old without feeling like you’ve missed out on its full potential? The answer is simple: Good old fashioned repurposing.

Imagine you’re remodeling your home and you’re replacing those old windows with newer, sturdier ones. Perhaps you’re having Danmer’s genuine American made Plantation Shutters designed and installed in your new windows. So what can you do with the original window materials that you’re replacing? Here are a few ideas:

Frames: Many window frames can be repainted and re-purposed as picture frames, or to frame artwork, certificates, or even mirrors!

Headboards: Even large/old windows can add an artistic flavor when displayed behind your bed… think old world decor!

Framed info boards: A good frame, sans glass, can contain a small bulletin board or dry erase board, while adding an essence of style and flair in your home office!

Art displays: Glass panes themselves can easily become works of art when coated with a little paint or other arts & crafts materials of your choice.

Room divider: The more windows you have to work with, the more you can do! The frames of multiple windows can be combined to make an interesting, edgy room divider. It’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Regardless of how you handle unused windows and frames, make sure the new ones are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and made by American craftsman for exceptional quality! Visit Danmer’s website to learn more:

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Shutters through the Ages

Bathroom shuttersDid you know that window shutters are more than 500 years old? When shutters first appeared, they often took the place of window glass, which was rare and very expensive at the time, and exclusively covered the bottom half of the open window area. These early incarnations could be folded inside to allow light and air to enter, or barricaded from within as a safety measure when closed.

As window glass became more common in the 1700s, builders were prompted to “double hang” windows, similar to the Federation style windows we utilize today. With these modern advancements, shutters were redesigned to cover the entire height of the windows, but the shutters were still installed within the home due to the thick stones and masonry that buildings of that period were constructed from.

Over a century later, timber and other materials were used to produce thinner walls, allowing inhabitants to fully reach out from their windows. This ushered in a trend of shutters installed on the home’s exterior, and were used for vanity every bit as much as they were for protection against the elements. As time passed, the shutters’ evolution included shutter blades, which were angled slats that acted as a filter against rain and incoming sunlight.

The image of the shutter continued to become a popular staple in the 1960s, as many homes exhibited them as a feature of their home’s facade. These shutters, however, were not intended for functionality, but were instead included as a design choice for aesthetic appeal.

Shutters continued to make their way around the world and evolved throughout the 1980s.   After becoming inspired by the shutters used in the breezeways of American cotton plantations, an Australian husband and wife began experimenting with different materials and methods to create their own version of the plantation shutter.

About a decade later, as experiments were conducted across the globe, an affordable variant of shutters were fashioned from PVC and helped grow the demand for stylish window treatments. This new version opened the door for technological advancements, both in manufacturing and installation.

Today, shutters can be purchased in many varieties and materials, and are able to be hinged inside or out. Though they began as something of a luxury item and can still carry a moderate price tag, there are many affordable options available to suit the needs of homeowners everywhere. The modern day shutter carries the basic function of its ancestor, while incorporating a timeless elegance that its predecessors have always intended. At this rate, the window shutter will never go out of style.

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Help Rebuild America’s Economy

image001The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. We no longer produce what we need to sustain ourselves, we import much more than we export, and we are selling off our assets and taking on massive debts to sustain a standard of living we can no longer afford.

Danmer Custom Shutters are made and assembled right here in the USA. We know that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Help rebuild our economy with Danmer’s American made shutters.

So, you think all shutters are the same? Here are a few reasons WE believe out shutters standout amongst the rest!

1.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters will never peel, crack or warp. These American made shutters will last you 10-15 years or longer. We are proud of our products long-term durability.

2.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are water resistant, which is ideal for bathroom and kitchen areas.

3.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters  are fire retardant for safety.  Most people rarely give a fleeting thought to the issue until faced with a serious threat to life and/or property. Don’t let that be you!  

4.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are environmentally safe and are made out of 100% non-toxic materials and finishes. They also insulate up to 3 times more than wood!

5.) Our warranty is so unique, it’s transferable to the next homeowner!

So, what’s stopping you? When it comes to rebuilding your home, think of Danmer Custom Shutters and help rebuild Americas economy. Take advantage of our FREE in-home design consultation, FREE delivery, and FREE installation by factory-trained installers. We won’t let you down.


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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters for Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters
So you’re committed to improve your home and you’ve decided to purchase new window shutters. Where do you begin? Danmer Custom Shutters strongly suggests you use these 8 important questions to help guide you through your shutter shopping experience.

Are the shutters custom made for me?
Make sure your shutters are hand-crafted to your exact speficications, including color, finish and size to ensure your shutters fit your window flawlessly and match your décor. Danmer’s genuine custom shutters are made from the ground up to fit your size and shape of window, and made to match your décor…no exceptions!

How to Choose Between Wood and Poly or Faux-Wood Shutters?
There will always be homeowners who insist on wood shutters. But one alternative you should ask for is Thermalite™ Shutters. Unlike wood shutters, Thermalite will NEVER peel, crack, warp, burn, or discolor. They don’t lose tension so they work perfectly for many years. And the water-based finish insures safety with no harmful toxic effects.

How Fast Can I Get My Shutters?
Danmer is the shutter manufacturer, right here in California. This gives us the ability to install your custom shutters faster than anyone else in the industry. Many companies only assemble parts manufactured overseas, which can take weeks to arrive. Danmer shutters can be installed in as little as 3 days from your measuring appointment+.

Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?
The Contractors State License Board regulates California contractors, while investigating over 20,000 complaints each year. Ask any shutter company about their installers: Will the person who installs your shutters be licensed, bonded, insured, factory trained and certified? Do they have a minimum 10 year track record installing shutters? Danmer’s license is #574304 and we’ve NEVER had a complaint filed gainst our installers with the CSLB.

What’s The Right Shutters For My Home Environment?
The Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System was created to reduce energy consumption in your home, insulating your windows up to 3x better than wood shutters, keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Thermalite is made of a non-toxic material that’s flame retardant, water resistant,and produces very low VOCs.

Why Is Made in USA Important?
Danmer Custom Window Shutters are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA. We believe that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Other companies will also claim that their products are made in the USA, but in reality many are only assembled in the USA from foreign manufactured parts. Danmer shutters are produced here in the USA using safe and reliable materials.

Why Is 24/7 Customer Service Important?
Make sure to ask if the shutter company provides customer service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to address any questions that may arise. Also ask your shutter company if they provide their customers with online order status, so you can see your from start to finish.

Why Is The Warranty Important?
Here’s what to look for in the fine print: insist on a custom window shutter warranty that’s actually transferable to the NEXT homeowner. A transferable warranty is desirable because it will likely increase the resale value of your home. Trust a company that will give you a copy of the warranty; that’s the Danmer Difference. Custom Window Shutters have gone through a remarkable transformation in the last few decades, with product and service options that you ought to know about before you make a shutter decision. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get your shutter company to tell you about the full range of options available. You deserve straight answers in a timely manner so that you can make the best shutter choice for you and your family.

Please visit or if you would like to speak to a specialist, please call us at 888-326-6378. Good luck!

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Shopping in Orange County? Shutters from Danmer are Recommended

If you live in or around Orange County, shutters can be purchased from a variety of places. Unfortunately, many consumers find out the hard way that all manufacturers do not offer the same quality, fit or warranty. Shutters are an investment that you should be able to enjoy for a long time. They are charming, offer curb appeal and even increase your home’s value. It only makes sense to purchase quality shutters from an established company with a solid reputation.

Danmer is Recommended for Orange County Shutters

If you ask around, people will likely tell you to shop at Danmer for Orange County shutters. This is because we make quality products and our customer service is unparalleled. We even offer a free consultation with one of our design experts to ensure you are getting a product that will complement your space. Plus, this allows us to measure to guarantee a perfect fit.

We are also known for our fantastic selection. Whether you are looking for masterpiece, Thermalite or wood shutters, or if you are interested in something from Hunter Douglas, we are sure to have something that will appeal to your personal taste!

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The Many Components of Shutters

If you are in the market for shutters and have found yourself comparing a few different styles, you may also be a little confused. How are you supposed to compare apples to apples if you are not really sure what some of the parts are?

Could two different shutters have the same parts under different names? If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with the shopping process, this glossary should help.

Parts of Shutters


  • Panel – The panel is the main component of shutter installation. It is traditionally a rectangular section with a hinge that allows it to open, and it contains all of the louvers.


  • Frame – Shutters are generally ordered with a frame. The panels are mounted right inside this, and it is mounted to the window.


  • Stile – The louvers of the shutters rotate between the stiles.


  • Louvers – These are the horizontal slats that tilt to open and close, either allowing the light in, or providing complete privacy.


  • Rails – Many stiles will have rails that serve the purpose of providing structure and stability.
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Enhance the Shutters in Your Dining Room with Crown Molding

If you are adding shutters to your dining room, you may want to consider finishing off the look with crown molding. Quite often, it is the smallest detail in a room that makes the biggest impact. If you don’t believe this, try spilling a glass of merlot on a white carpet, and see if guests notice.

The window treatments will certainly get noticed and will definitely be appreciated, as your guests don’t have to deal with light shining in their eyes, but it is the small unexpected detail of the crown molding that will demand a second look.

Do I Really Need Crown Molding with My Shutters?

Fair enough, maybe you are ordering your shutters and are already overextending your budget; it certainly does not hurt to look at crown molding during your consultation with one of our designers. At least you will have an idea as to what it looks like, should you decide to add it at a later date.

The Thermalite crown molding that we have here at Danmer is available in an array of styles and sizes, so there is something to complement any space. If you are looking around and don’t feel as though your room offers a polished look, crown molding might be all that you need, to add a rich depth to the room.

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Which Window Shutter Design Will Look Best in Your Café?

The day has finally arrived, and you are about to finally open your café. All that’s left is to stock the inventory and add the finishing touches on the décor. Of course, the biggest obstacle is probably figuring out what to do with that big gorgeous window in the front of the building. Sure, the natural light is amazing, but there are going to be a few hours every day when the sun is going to blast through and make your customers pretty uncomfortable. With a window of this size, you may be tempted to just throw some curtains up, but they won’t block all the light of help control the temperature the way that window treatments will. The problem though is actually figuring out which window shutter design will look best.

Choosing the Right Window Shutter Design

You could look through samples and pick a window shutter design on your own, but you may end up choosing one based on what you personally like, and not the one that will look best in your space. Plus, you are going to need to have a window of that size measured professionally anyway, so you may as well let one of our design specialists here at Danmer come out and help you with your decision while they measure.

This way, they can advise you as to which styles will provide the most light control and show you samples. You may even want to have masterpiece shutters made with a café scene or a medley of drinks transposed on them. This picture becomes visible when the shutters are closed to double as a piece of art.

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Why Shop at Danmer for Shutters in Los Angeles?

You may have already discovered that if you are shopping for shutters, Los Angeles offers a large variety of stores to choose from. However, they don’t all offer the same quality and provide the same level of customer service that we do here at Danmer. We offer a different kind of buying experience; one you will want to tell your friends about.

What to Expect When You Buy Shutters in Los Angeles at Danmer

Many places selling shutters in Los Angeles basically carry the prefabricated kind. Even if they do offer a home consultation, there is often a charge, and there is no guarantee that you aren’t getting a prefabricated variety that was just taken out of the package.

When you shop with Danmer, we bring our showroom right to your home so you can get a better feel for what would look great in your space. Our consultations are absolutely free; because we want you to have blinds that fit perfectly. Since we are the factory and we handle the install, we can often have your shutters installed in as little as three days.

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How Installing Shutters Will Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Investing in green appliances and energy efficient window treatments such as shutters can save your family money in the long run while also helping the environment. Shutters help lower your home’s heating and cooling bills by insulating your home. Window treatments can also protect your furniture, rugs, and artwork from sun exposure. The most important windows to cover to make your home more energy efficient are west-facing windows. Energy efficient shutters can be made from wood or manmade synthetic materials. Some synthetic shutters are even more “green”, as they are made from recycled materials.

Have Shutters Professionally Installed

Rather than taking a risk and purchasing premade shutters that may not fit your windows, have a professional measure and manufacture shutters to fit your windows seamlessly. When you have your new window treatments installed by a professional, they will last for years to come.

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