How many shutter panels do I need for each window? Typically, the bigger your window is, the more shutter panels you’ll want. The optimal design is to use a single panel for windows up to 26 inches wide, two panels for windows up to 50 inches wide, and four for windows up to 98 inches wide.Single wide panels aren’t as room-friendly as multiple panels. Sometimes, wide panel shutters can’t fit flush against the wall due to their size. Two smaller panels solve that problem.For those windows that you may open or shut regularly, you’re usually better suited with multiple panels, since they’re easier to open and get additional support from the frame when you do open and shut them.