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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Fort Myers

October 04, 2017

Indoor 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 are a little handier around the house, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers 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.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three separate spots: in the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the window. Write down 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 indoor shutter measurement diagram

Measuring in three spots for each dimensions is important because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple spots makes sure 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 taking the right measurements can be problematic. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst can provide for no cost). Other than that, here’s how to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arch Windows and Round 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, locate the midpoint of the window 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 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 rectangle on top of each other. Measure the width as you would any other arched window, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the max length of the window 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. It’s usually best to leave 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 in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 239-208-6577 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.