Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

Interior shutters in Kingsport are almost always priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window length and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Kingsport shutter installation window measurement

For Kingsport residents who are DIYers, Sunburst Shutters Kingsport will show you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.

Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Typical rectangular windows look like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s how to do it.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pen

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Get a measurement across in three separate spots: near the exact center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Record all of them, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Then, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of your window as shown in this illustration.

Kingsport plantation shutter measurement diagram

Measuring in three spots for each dimensions is important because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you may need to get either the 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 such thing as a 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 unique-shaped windows for shutters.

Measuring Rounded and Arch 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. For the height, locate the window’s midpoint 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 circular or square, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a taller arch. So attack it like that: a square and an arch put together. Measure the width like you would any other arch, then record 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 hardest to measure, as there can be so many small features that can alter the shutter dimensions your window might need. It’s usually best to leave these windows 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 Kingsport. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 276-685-5343 or use the contact form below to schedule yours.