Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Tampa

Eric Ramsey

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

Tampa shutter installer window measuring

For Tampa homeowners who are a bit more hands-on, Sunburst will teach you the right way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows look like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Measure across in three different spots: close to the center, close to the top, and near the bottom of the window. Write down all of them, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the length (the bottom-to-top) – get three measurements, one in the center, and one close to either edge of the window as shown in this illustration.

Tampa plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places makes sure 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 like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s also never a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Tampa can provide for free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch Windows and Round Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, find the halfway point of the window by dividing the width measurement in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from that point. Again, record to the nearest eighth of an inch.

How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are kind of a cross between a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a taller arch. So attack it like that: a rectangle and an arch on top of each other. Get the width measurement like you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, measure the max length of the window from the middle of the width, subtracting the height of the legs. Again, write down all of these to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, as there can be a ton of tiny aspects that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. You might want to leave these more difficult ones to a professional.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Tampa. We’d be glad to come measure your windows for free during your free window treatment consultation. Simply call 813-580-7288 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.