How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Dallas

Collins Jones

Plantation shutters in Dallas 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 width and length, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Dallas shutter installer window measuring

For Dallas residents who are a little more hands-on, Sunburst Shutters Dallas will teach you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows seem like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and they are, compared to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s how to do it.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

To start, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Take a measurement across in three separate places: as close as you can to the center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Mark down all of them, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. After that, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of the window like seen in the diagram below.

Dallas plantation shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is a perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you may either need to record the shortest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (for an outside mount). Taking measurements in three places ensures that you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are where measuring can become extremely tricky. 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 – and that means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst can do for free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.

How to Measure Rounded and Arched Windows

Start by measuring 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. To find the height, look for the window’s halfway point by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the top of the window from that spot. Again, record to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a circular or square, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a taller arch. So attack it exactly as that: an arch and a square combined. Measure the width as you would any other arch, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Last, measure the window’s maximum length from the center, minus the height of the legs. Again, write down all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to get accurate measurements, because there are so many small details that can alter the dimensions of the shutters you may need. It’s usually best to leave these more difficult ones to a professional.

For difficult windows and other windows you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Dallas. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Simply call 214-301-5066 or complete the contact form below to set yours up.