How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Raleigh

Blake Jarman

Plantation shutters in Raleigh are almost always sold by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and height, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

Raleigh shutter installer window measure

For Raleigh residents who are DIYers, Sunburst will teach you the best way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows seem like they’d be the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, relative to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Get a measurement across in three separate places: close to the middle, close to the top, and near the bottom of the frame. Write down each one, to the closest ⅛ of an inch. Next, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near either edge of your window like seen in this illustration.

Raleigh indoor shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might need to get either the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst is happy to do for free). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch Windows and Round Windows

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, 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 point. Again, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows look like a cross between a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So imagine it like that: a square and an arch on top of each other. Measure the width as you would a normal arch, then record the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Last, measure the max length of the window from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. Like always, record all of these to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the trickiest to get measurements for, since there can be so many small imperfections that can change the shutter dimensions your window might need. You might want to leave these types of windows to a professional.

For difficult windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh. We’d be glad to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 919-887-9198 or complete the contact form below to start.