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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Orlando

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in Orlando are usually priced on a square foot basis, so if you need a measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window width and height, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

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For Orlando homeowners who are DIYers, Sunburst Shutters Orlando will show you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for interior shutters.


How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Typical rectangular windows sound 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 what to do.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three separate spots: close to the center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Write down all of them, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the height (the bottom-to-top) – get three measurements, one in the middle, and one close to the left and right edges of the window as seen in this illustration.

Orlando plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a geometrically perfect rectangle. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might need to get either the shortest measurement (inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in three places helps make sure your bases are covered.

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 perfect square window, there’s also never 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 measurements taken by a professional (which our team is happy to provide absolutely free). Other than that, these are the steps to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.


Measuring Arch Windows and Round Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. To find the length, find the halfway point of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, record to the closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are kind of a cross between a square window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a higher arch. So imagine it exactly as that: an arch and a rectangle put together. Get the width measurement just like you would a normal arch, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, find the max length of the window from the middle of the width, minus the height of the legs. Like always, record all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Octagon and Circular Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the hardest to get accurate measurements, because there are so many tiny features that can alter the shutter dimensions your window may need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to professionals.

For these windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Orlando. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements for free during your free window treatment consultation. Just call 407-630-7011 or use the contact form below to begin.