Shutters Behind the Scenes: The Next Day Blinds Process
Our hardwood shutters are a prime example of why Next Day Blinds has built a reputation for artisan craftsmanship, impeccable quality, and superior service.
The Next Day Blinds Process for Building Truly Custom Shutters
Our hardwood shutters were first introduced in 2001, and are a prime example of why Next Day Blinds has built a reputation for artisan craftsmanship, impeccable quality, and superior service. So, we wanted to give you a little more insight into our process. “We make all of our shutters the old fashioned way,” says Steve Freishtat, CEO and Founder of Next Day Blinds, “assembled by hand.”
1. Ordering and Measuring
Our team of experts are here to provide guidance through selection and ordering. Whether you order in-store or through a shop-at-home consultant, “all of our products are made one at a time, to your specifications in our factory,” says Frank Sisto, Vice President of Operations here at Next Day Blinds. “There is nothing pre-made [or] made in advance that gets cut down.”
We do it all, from purchase to construction to installation and to service. And we do it all at a high level. So, when our measuring technicians visit your home, “They don’t just consider width and length,” says Sisto. “They take into consideration the depth of your window, the projection of your sill, to the trim around your window.” This ensures a truly custom shutter, built specifically for each and every one of your windows.
2. Measurements Sent to the Factory
Our technology connects our sales associates with our factory–placing your custom order on our factory floor with accuracy and expedience.
“We are able to drive all the manufacturing process right from the point of sales,” says Freishtat. “Sorting, machine setting, and product quality and size is all determined right at the point of sale and then digitally communicated directly to the factory.”
3. Constructing Your Shutters
“We employ a team of highly-skilled carpenters,” says Freishtat. “We do artisan-level work here.”
Using your exact measurements, our carpenters start by cutting your louvers, stiles, and tilt rods using basswood, “a light, less dense material that will put less wear and tear on the hinges, and less wear and tear on the joints,” says Sisto. Then, each panel is assembled with dowel and epoxy to add strength and minimize cracks and separation. Each panel is then sanded by hand before being mortised in preparation for hinges. Mortising the hinges into the shutter stile is an advanced woodworking technique that results in a more finished look.
The end result is a “custom-built product, made locally and custom tailored to your windows,” says Sisto.
4. Premium Quality Finishes
It’s not just about the material—it’s also about the finish.
“If a customer chooses to match the trim, it should be the closest match you can get,” says Barbara Loller, Next Day Blinds Bel Air, MD Store Manager.
When you decide to match the trim, the ultimate objective with hardwood shutters is for them to appear seamlessly integrated with your existing millwork, which is why we also offer a millwork match option on all of our shutters. “You provide us the paint color or the stain color or a sample of the paint and we match your shutters beautifully,” says Sisto.
Our paint is a furniture-grade and lacquer-based paint. And we paint our shutter panels after they’ve been assembled, which allows for paint to cover and fill all seams that are created by the connecting and joining of the wood components. We also offer several low-formaldehyde, low-odor stain options for our hardwood shutters. We stain all of our shutter components in-house, which lets us control the richness of the stain and the sheen, and guarantees a consistent look across the finished product. Unlike our paints, we’ve found that we get the most consistent, beautiful results when we stain our shutter components prior to assembling them.
5. Mounting Hinges and Hardware
That ability to constantly refine our products based on unique window needs results in small enhancements that make a big impact, such as notching bottom rails or panels to accommodate specialty hardware and utilizing magnetic hinges when necessary.
6. Shutters are Inspected
“There’s almost an infinite number of possibilities for sizes, shapes, and colors,” says Freishtat. So, it is important that we fully inspect each and every new shutter before it is delivered to your home.
7. Delivery and Installation
“Our company employs field technicians to install [your shutters] in your home,” says Freishtat.
All of our products are delivered, installed, and serviced by Next Day Blinds full-time professional technicians (not contractors) who are fully trained in-house.
“From our salespeople to our measuring technicians to our installation technicians to the factory, it’s a 100 percent integrated cover,” says Sisto.
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