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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Gainesville

October 04, 2017

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

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For Gainesville homeowners who are DIYers, Sunburst will 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 uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the plan.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Get a measurement across in three separate places: in the middle, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record all of them, 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 indoor shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a geometrically 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 makes sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped 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 perfect arch or octagonal window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst can do for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


Measuring Arch Windows and Round 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. For the length, locate the midpoint 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 top edges and a taller arch. So think of it like that: a rectangle and an arch mashed together. Get the width measurement as you would a normal arched window, then record 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

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the trickiest to measure, as 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 to save yourself a lot of stress, 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 complete the contact form below to get started.