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Measuring plantation shutters

Measuring For Shutters in Bluff City

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in Bluff City are almost always priced by the square foot, so if you need a measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window width and height, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Bluff City shutter installation window measurement

For Bluff City residents who are a little handier around the house, Sunburst will show you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.


Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Typical rectangular windows sound like the easiest type of window to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s how to do it.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three separate spots: near the exact center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Write down each one, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Then, measure the length (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of your window as shown in this illustration.

Bluff City indoor shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you may need to get either the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple spots helps make sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no perfect semicircle or arch window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst is happy to do for free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.


Measuring Arched and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, locate the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a square window and a circular window, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a taller arch. So attack it like that: an arch and a rectangle put together. Measure the width like you would any other arch, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Last, measure the maximum length of the window from the middle of the width, subtracting the height of the legs. Like always, write down every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the trickiest to measure accurately, because there can be so many small features that can alter the shutter dimensions your window might need. It’s usually best to leave these more difficult ones to professionals.

For tricky windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters NW Tennessee. We’d love to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 276-685-5343 or use the contact form below to schedule yours.