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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Phoenix

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in Phoenix are often priced on a square foot basis, so if you need a measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window height and width, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Phoenix shutter installer window measure

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


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows sound like the easiest kind of windows 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 the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pen

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different spots: near the center, close to the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Mark down each one, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. Next, measure the height (the bottom-to-top) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near the left and right edges of the window like shown in this illustration.

Phoenix plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may either need to record the smallest measurement (inside mount), or the longest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in three places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect arch or octagonal window – and that means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is happy to do for no cost). Otherwise, here’s how to measure most types of non-rectangular windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arched Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, locate the midpoint of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from that spot. Again, write it down to the closest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are kind of a combination of a rectangular window and a circular window, with a wide, flat 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. Get the width measurement just like you would a normal arched window, then record the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, measure the maximum length of the window from the center, minus the height of the legs. Like always, write down every measurement to the nearest eighth of an inch.


Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

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

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Phoenix. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Simply call 480-485-7743 or complete the contact form below to start.