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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Dallas

October 04, 2017

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 height and width, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Dallas shutter installer window measuring

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


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows seem like the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. 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

Starting off, 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 each one, 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 this illustration.

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 absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Taking measurements in three places makes sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape 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 semicircle or arch window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Dallas can do for no cost). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arch and Semicircle 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 rectangular window and a circular window, 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 just like 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 maximum length of the window 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 measurements for, as there are so many small details that can alter the dimensions of the shutters you may need. We strongly recommend leaving these windows 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.