Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Miami

David White

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 length and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Miami shutter installer window measuring

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

How to Measure Rectangular and Square 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 uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s what to do.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

To start, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three different places: close to the middle, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Record 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 an absolutely perfect rectangle. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may need to get either the smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Taking measurements in three spots ensures that your bases are covered.

How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are where measuring can become extremely tricky. 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 for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, here’s how to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.

How to Measure Arched Windows and Round 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 window’s midpoint 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 circular or square, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a taller arch. So imagine it exactly as that: an arch and a square mashed together. Get the width measurement just like you would any other arched window, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, 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 aspects that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. We strongly recommend leaving these types of windows to a professional.

For these windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Miami. We’d love 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.