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Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Denver

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in Denver are usually priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window width and height, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Denver shutter installation window measuring

For Denver homeowners who are a little handier around the house, we’ll show you the right way to measure your windows for plantation shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Typical rectangular windows look like the easiest type of window 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.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Measure across in three different places: near the middle, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Mark down all three, rounding 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 the left and right edges of the window like shown below.

Denver interior shutter measurement diagram

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 smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places ensures that you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are the tricky ones to measure. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. 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 Rounded and Arched Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest ⅛ 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 ⅛ 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 vertical “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So think of it like that: a rectangle and an arch 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). After that, measure the window’s max length from the center, minus the leg height. Again, record all of these to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, as 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 to save yourself a lot of stress, 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 complete the contact form below to begin.