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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Sacramento

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in Sacramento are almost always sold on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and height, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Sacramento shutter installation window measure

For Sacramento residents who want to be more hands-on, we’ll teach you the simplest way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.


How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular square windows sound like they’d be the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because 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

  • Paper and pen

Starting off, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different spots: close to the exact center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Write down each one, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Next, do the same for the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the center, and one near either edge of the window as shown below.

Sacramento plantation shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a truly perfect rectangle. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in three places ensures that 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 arch or octagonal window – and that means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Sacramento can do for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, these are the steps to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.


Measuring Arched Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, find the midpoint of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the nearest eighth of an inch.


Measuring 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 think of it like that: an arch and a square put together. Measure the width like you would any other arch, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). After that, find the window’s maximum length from the center, minus the leg height. Like always, write down all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the hardest to measure, because there can be so many tiny aspects that can alter the shutter dimensions you may need. We strongly recommend leaving these windows to a professional.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Sacramento. We’d be glad to take your window measurements for free during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Just call 916-665-0078 or complete the contact form below to set yours up.