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Measuring For Shutters in Cleveland

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in Cleveland are almost always sold on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window width and length, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Cleveland shutter installation window measuring

For Cleveland homeowners who are a little more hands-on, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland will teach you the easiest way to measure your windows for plantation shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Common square windows sound like the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, at least compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the plan.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pen

To start, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three different spots: close to the exact center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Mark down all three, to the closest eighth of an inch. Then, do the same for the length (the bottom-to-top) – measure three times, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of the window like seen in the diagram below.

Cleveland plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you might either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in multiple spots ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. If you want the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst can do for no cost). Otherwise, here’s how to measure most types of non-rectangular windows for shutters.


Measuring Arch and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width of the window at the flat side. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, locate the midpoint of the window by dividing the width measurement 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 closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

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 top edges and a taller arch. So imagine it like that: an arch and a square mashed together. Get the width measurement just like you would any other arched window, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, find the window’s maximum length from the center, minus the leg height. Again, write down every measurement to the closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to get accurate measurements, since there can be so many small details that can alter the shutter dimensions you may need. You might want to leave these more difficult ones to professionals.

For difficult windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Cleveland. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements for free during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 440-561-6787 or complete the contact form below to get started.