Measuring For Shutters in Hartford

Holly Perron

Plantation shutters in Hartford are almost always sold by the square foot, so if you need a measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Hartford shutter installation window measure

For Hartford residents who want to be more hands-on, we’ll teach you the simplest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.

How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Typical rectangular windows sound like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Measure across in three separate spots: close to the middle, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Mark down all of them, rounding to the closest eighth of an inch. Next, do the same for the height (the bottom-to-top) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one near the left and right edges of your window as shown in the diagram below.

Hartford plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a perfect rectangle. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might need to get either 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.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are the windows that can present a challenge 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 even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. To really get the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Hartford can provide for no cost). Other than that, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. To find the height, look for the midpoint of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top 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

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a rectangular window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a higher arch. So attack it like that: a square and an arch on top of each other. Measure the width like you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the window’s maximum height from the middle of the width, minus the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.

How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the hardest to get accurate measurements, since there can be so many tiny details that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. You might want to leave these types of windows 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 Hartford. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 860-266-5459 or complete the contact form below to begin.