Measuring For Shutters in Denver10/04/2017Gary Harding Plantation shutters in Denver are often priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window width and height, to the nearest eighth of an inch.For Denver homeowners who are a little handier around the house, we’ll teach you the right way to measure your windows for plantation shutters.Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for ShuttersCommon rectangular windows sound like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and they are, relative to other specialty windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s how to do it.What You’ll Need:Metal tape measurePen and paperStarting off, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different places: near the center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Mark down all three, rounding to the closest eighth of an inch. After that, do the same for the length (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of your window like shown in this illustration.Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is a perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places ensures that you’re covered for every options.Measuring Unique Shape Windows for ShuttersNon-rectangular windows are the tricky ones to measure. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Denver can do for free). Other than that, here’s how to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters.Measuring Arch and Semicircle Windows for ShuttersMeasure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, find the window’s halfway point by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, record to the closest eighth of an inch.How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a circular or square, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So think of it like that: an arch and a rectangle mashed together. Get the width measurement like you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, measure the window’s max length from the center, minus the leg height. Again, record all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.How to Measure Circular & Octagonal WindowsFull circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, because there can be a ton of tiny features that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to professionals.For tricky windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Denver. We’d love to come measure your windows for free during your free window treatment consultation. Simply call 720-538-0182 or use the contact form below to start.