How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

Plantation shutters in Gainesville are usually priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and length, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Gainesville shutter installer window measuring

For Gainesville homeowners who want to be more hands-on, we’ll teach you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Normal rectangular windows look like the easiest ones to measure – and they are, relative to other window shapes. But there’s still an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the plan.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

Starting off, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Get a measurement across in three separate places: in the center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record each one, to the closest eighth of an inch. Next, do the same for the height (the bottom-to-top) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one near the left and right edges of your window as seen in the diagram below.

Gainesville plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is an absolutely perfect rectangle. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may need to get either the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect arch or octagonal window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. To really get the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Gainesville can do for free). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.

Measuring Rounded and Arch Windows

Start by measuring the width of the window at the flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the length, locate the window’s midpoint 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 top edges and a taller arch. So imagine it like that: an arch and a rectangle mashed together. Get the width measurement just like you would a normal arched window, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Last, find the maximum height of the window from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. Again, record every measurement to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the trickiest to measure, because there are so many small features that can alter the shutter dimensions your window might need. It’s usually best to leave these more difficult ones to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville. We’d be glad to come measure your windows for free during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 813-602-5966 or use the contact form below to set yours up.