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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in San Antonio

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in San Antonio are typically priced by the square foot, so if you need a measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and height, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

San Antonio shutter installer window measurement

For San Antonio residents who want to be more hands-on, Sunburst Shutters San Antonio will show you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

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

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Take a measurement across in three different places: in the center, close to the top, and near the bottom of the frame. Mark down each one, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Then, measure the height (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the middle, and one near the left and right edges of the window like shown below.

San Antonio plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might either need to record the shortest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places helps make sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no perfect semicircle or arch window – which means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which our team is happy to provide for no cost). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters.


Measuring Arched Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, locate the window’s halfway point by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a cross between a square window and a circular window, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “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 like you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, measure the maximum length of the window from the center, subtracting the height of the legs. Again, record every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the most difficult to get accurate measurements, as there are a ton of tiny features that can change the dimensions of the shutters you might need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to a professional.

For tricky windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio. We’d love to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 210-876-0377 or complete the contact form below to start.