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Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Salt Lake City

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in Salt Lake City are often priced by the square foot, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Salt Lake City shutter installer window measurement

For Salt Lake City residents who are DIYers, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City will show you the simplest way to measure your windows for interior shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Common rectangular windows sound like the easiest ones to measure – and they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process that goes into getting accurate measurements. Here’s the process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

To start, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Get a measurement across in three separate spots: close to the exact center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Mark down all three, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. After that, do the same for the length (the bottom-to-top) – get three measurements, one in the center, and one near either edge of the window as seen in this illustration.

Salt Lake City plantation shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a truly perfect rectangle. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in three spots ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are the tricky ones 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 – 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 Shutters Salt Lake City is happy to do for free). Other than that, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arched and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, find the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in two, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows look 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 exactly as that: a square and an arch combined. Get the width measurement as you would a normal arched window, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Last, measure the window’s maximum height from the middle of the width, subtracting the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the hardest to measure accurately, because there are so many tiny aspects that can change the shutter dimensions your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these windows to a professional.

For difficult windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 801-515-3598 or fill out the contact form below to start.