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Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Miami

October 04, 2017

Plantation shutters in Miami are often sold 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.

Miami shutter installer window measuring

For Miami residents who are a bit more hands-on, Sunburst will teach you the simplest way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

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

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

To start, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three different places: as close as you can to the center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Write down all of them, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Next, do the same for the height (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one near the left and right edges of your window as seen in this illustration.

Miami plantation shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction 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 (inside mount), or the longest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in three spots makes sure your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s also never a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst can do absolutely free). Other than that, here’s how to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arch Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, look for the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the top of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are almost like 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 think of it exactly as that: an arch and a square mashed together. Get the width measurement as you would any other arched window, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Next, find the maximum length of the window from the middle of the width, minus the height of the legs. Like always, write down every measurement to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, since there can be a ton of tiny details that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. It’s usually best to leave these types of windows to a professional.

For difficult windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Miami. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 305-520-7515 or use the contact form below to set yours up.