How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Fort Myers

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

Interior shutters in Fort Myers are usually priced by the square foot, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window width and length, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

Fort Myers shutter installation window measuring

For Fort Myers homeowners who want to be more hands-on, Sunburst will show you the simplest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Normal rectangular windows look like they’d be the easiest ones to measure – and that’s because they are, relative to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process that goes into getting accurate measurements. Here’s the plan.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pen

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Take a measurement across in three separate spots: in the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the window. Record all of them, to the closest ⅛ of an inch. After that, do the same for the length (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one close to either edge of your window like shown below.

Fort Myers plantation shutter measurement diagram

Measuring in three spots for each dimensions is important because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple spots ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s also never a perfect semicircle or arch window – which 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 Fort Myers can provide for no cost). Other than that, here’s how to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.

How to Measure Rounded and Arch Windows for Shutters

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, look for the window’s halfway point by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the top 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 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: a rectangle and an arch put together. Measure the width just like you would any other arched window, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, measure the window’s maximum length from the center, minus the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the hardest to get accurate measurements, because there can be so many small aspects that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. We strongly recommend leaving these types of windows to professionals.

For these windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers. We’d be glad to take your window measurements for free during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 239-208-6577 or fill out the contact form below to get started.