How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

Interior 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 indoor shutters.

Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows sound like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, at least compared to other window shapes. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s what to do.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pen

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three different spots: in the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record each one, 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 indoor shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways 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 smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places makes sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no perfect semicircle or arch 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 Shutters Charlotte is happy to provide for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure most types of specialty 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 look like a cross between a circular or rectangular, 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 as you would a normal arched window, then record the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the window’s maximum length from the center, subtracting the leg height. Like always, record every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon 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 difficult 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 in-home window treatment consultation. Simply call 980-231-1116 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.