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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Charlotte

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in Charlotte are almost always priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window length and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Charlotte shutter installation window measurement

For Charlotte residents who are a little more hands-on, we’ll show you the simplest way to measure your windows for interior shutters.


Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows look like they’d be the easiest kind of windows 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 what to do.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Get a measurement across in three different spots: in the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Write down all of them, to the closest ⅛ of an inch. After that, do the same for the height (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of the window as shown in the diagram below.

Charlotte plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may need to get either the absolute smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Taking measurements in multiple places ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst is happy to provide absolutely free). Other than that, here’s how to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arched Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Measure the width of the window at the flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, find the halfway point of the window by dividing the width measurement in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are kind of a cross between a square window and a circular window, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a taller arch. So attack it exactly as that: an arch and a rectangle mashed together. Measure the width just like you would a normal arched window, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the max height of the window from the center, subtracting the leg height. Like always, record every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the hardest to get measurements for, as there can be so many small details that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to a professional.

For these windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte. We’d be glad to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 980-231-1116 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.