Measuring For Shutters in St. George

Kasey Udy

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

St. George shutter installer window measure

For St. George residents who are a little handier around the house, 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, relative to other window shapes. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Measure across in three different spots: in the middle, 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) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one near either edge of your window as shown in the diagram below.

St. George plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may need to get either the 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

Windows that aren’t rectangular 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 perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which our team can provide for no cost). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of non-rectangular windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch Windows and Round 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, locate the window’s halfway point 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 circular or square, 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 as you would a normal arched window, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, 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 measurements for, because there can be a ton of small details that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. We strongly recommend leaving these windows to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you’d rather not measure, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters St. George. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your free window treatment consultation. Just call 435-485-9332 or complete the contact form below to set yours up.