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Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in San Diego

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in San Diego are almost always priced on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

San Diego shutter installation window measure

For San Diego residents who are a little handier around the house, Sunburst will show you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Normal rectangular windows look like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other specialty windows. But you still have an entire process that goes into getting accurate measurements. Here’s the plan.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Get a measurement across in three separate places: close to the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record all of them, to the closest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the length (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of your window as shown in the diagram below.

San Diego plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is an absolutely perfect rectangle. 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 longest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places ensures that your bases are covered.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just like 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. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters San Diego is happy to provide for free). Other than that, these are the steps to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arched Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the length, look for 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.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a circular or square, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So imagine it exactly as that: a square and an arch put together. Measure the width as you would any other arched window, then take a measurement of the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, measure the maximum length of the window from the center, subtracting the leg height. Like always, write down every measurement to the closest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the most difficult to get measurements for, since there can be a ton of small aspects that can change the dimensions of the shutters you may need. We strongly recommend leaving these ones to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters San Diego. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 760-405-8887 or complete the contact form below to get started.