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Measuring For Shutters in Houston

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in Houston are often sold on a square foot basis, so if you need a measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window width and length, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Houston shutter installation window measure

For Houston homeowners who are a little more hands-on, Sunburst will show you the simplest way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.


How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows sound like they’d be 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 what to do.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

Starting off, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different places: as close as you can to the exact center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Record all three, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, do the same for the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near either edge of your window like shown in the diagram below.

Houston interior shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a truly perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may need to get either the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in three spots makes sure you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s also never a perfect semicircle or arch window – and that means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Houston can do for no cost). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arch and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, look for the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from that spot. Again, write it down to the nearest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a cross between a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges 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 arch, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the maximum height of the window from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. Like always, record every measurement to the nearest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Octagon and Circular Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the hardest to measure accurately, since there are so many small imperfections that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these types of windows to professionals.

For these windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Houston. We’d love to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 713-853-9629 or fill out the contact form below to get started.