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Measuring For Shutters in Indianapolis

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in Indianapolis are usually sold on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window length and width, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

Indianapolis shutter installation window measurement

For Indianapolis homeowners who are a little handier around the house, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis will show you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Typical square windows look like the easiest ones to measure – and that’s because 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:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Measure across in three separate places: in the middle, close to the top, and near the bottom of the window. Write down each one, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. After that, do the same for the height (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of the window like seen below.

Indianapolis interior shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a geometrically perfect rectangle. 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 largest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in three spots helps make sure your bases are covered.

Measuring Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s also never a perfect semicircle or arch window – which means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. For the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is happy to provide for free). Other than that, here’s how to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arched Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width of the window at the flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, locate the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows look like a combination of a circular or square, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a higher arch. So attack it like that: a rectangle and an arch put together. Measure the width just like you would any other arched window, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Last, find the maximum height of the window from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. Like always, write down every measurement to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, because there are so many tiny aspects that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these windows to professionals.

For tricky windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis. We’d love to take your window measurements for free during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Just call 317-558-9066 or complete the contact form below to get started.