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Measuring plantation shutters

Measuring For Shutters in St. George

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in St. George are typically sold on a square foot basis, so if you need a measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window height and width, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

St. George shutter installer window measure

For St. George residents who are a little more hands-on, we’ll show you the simplest way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.


Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows seem like they’d be the easiest ones to measure – and that’s because they are, at least compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

To start, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Get a measurement across in three different spots: in the center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Mark down all three, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. After that, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the center, and one near either edge of your window as shown in this illustration.

St. George plantation shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may need to get either the absolute smallest measurement (inside mount), or the largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in three spots ensures that you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect semicircle or arch window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst can provide absolutely free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of non-rectangular windows for shutters.


Measuring Arched and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the closest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, look for 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 that spot. Again, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a rectangular window and a circular window, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So attack it like that: a rectangle and an arch on top of each other. Measure the width just like you would a normal arched window, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, find the maximum height of the window from the middle of the width, subtracting the leg height. Like always, write down every measurement to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the hardest to get accurate measurements, because there can be a ton of small aspects that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. It’s usually best to leave these more difficult ones to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters St. George. We’d love to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your free window treatment consultation. Just call 435-485-9332 or use the contact form below to get started.