How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Sacramento

Curtis Orton

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 are a little handier around the house, 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 look like they’d be the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other window shapes. 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: as close as you can to the exact center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Record all of them, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, 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 indoor shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply 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 absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in three places makes sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped 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. For the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Sacramento can provide for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure the most common specialty 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. Moving on to 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

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 imagine it like that: an arch and a square on top of each other. Measure the width like you would a normal arch, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, 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 trickiest to measure accurately, because there can be so many tiny aspects that can alter the shutter dimensions you may need. It’s usually best to leave these more difficult ones to a professional.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Sacramento. We’d be glad to take your window measurements for free during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Just call 925-309-5969 or complete the contact form below to get started.