Since the day the "fake shutters" were installed on our house when it was being built in 2001, I've wanted to replace them with real shutters complete with shutter dogs and other authentic style hardware.

Obviously, shutters were originally meant to close over the entire window for protection during storms. That idea works great for single wide windows, but what do I do about shutters for the double wide windows on our colonial style house?

Do I buy shutters with multiple hinged panels that, if unfolded, would meet in the middle to cover the entire window? Or, is that taking authenticity too far (considering that we'd never actually unfold them) and I should just select single panel shutters to install on either side of each of the double wide windows I have?