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Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Detroit

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in Detroit are often priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window length and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Detroit shutter installer window measure

For Detroit residents who want to be more hands-on, Sunburst Shutters Detroit will teach you the best way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Common square windows sound like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, compared to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pen

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Take a measurement across in three different places: close to the center, near the top, and near the bottom of the window. Mark down all of them, to the closest ⅛ of an inch. Then, do the same for the height (the bottom-to-top) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to the left and right edges of the window like shown in the diagram below.

Detroit plantation shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is a truly perfect rectangle. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may either need to record the shortest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in multiple places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Detroit can do for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, these are the steps to measure most types of non-rectangular windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arch Windows and Round Windows

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. To find the height, look for the window’s halfway point 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, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows look like a cross between a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So attack it exactly as that: a square and an arch combined. Measure the width like you would any other arched window, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, measure the window’s max length from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. Again, write down every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the trickiest to find measurements, because there are a ton of small aspects that can alter the dimensions of the shutters you might need. You might want to leave these more difficult ones to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Detroit. We’d be glad to come measure your windows for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Simply call 248-429-9294 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.