Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Houston

Cory Cryer

Interior shutters in Houston are usually sold on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Houston shutter installation window measurement

For Houston homeowners who are a little more hands-on, we’ll 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 look like they’d be the easiest kind of windows to measure – and they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s what to do.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). 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. Write down all three, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. Next, 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 this illustration.

Houston interior shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply 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 absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in three spots makes sure you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows 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. To really get the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst can do for free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.

How to Measure Arched Windows and Round 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 window’s halfway point by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. 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 on top of each other. Measure the width as you would any other arch, then measure 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, since there are so many small imperfections that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. It’s usually best to leave 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’re more than happy 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.