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Measuring plantation shutters

Measuring For Shutters in Destin

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in Destin are almost always priced on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window width and length, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Destin shutter installation window measuring

For Destin homeowners who are DIYers, Sunburst Shutters Destin will teach you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Common rectangular windows sound like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the plan.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Take a measurement across in three separate spots: near the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record all three, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the height (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to the left and right edges of your window like shown below.

Destin plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is a truly perfect rectangle. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places ensures that you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no perfect semicircle or arch window – which means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Destin can do absolutely free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arch Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, locate the window’s halfway point by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, record to the closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows look like a cross between a square window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a higher arch. So think of it exactly as that: an arch and a square combined. Measure the width as you would a normal arched window, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the maximum length of the window from the center, minus the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to get accurate measurements, since there are so many tiny details that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. You might want to leave these types of windows to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Destin. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your free window treatment consultation. Just call 850-203-0419 or use the contact form below to begin.