How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

Interior shutters in Cincinnati are almost always priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price quote, just measure your window length and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Cincinnati shutter installer window measurement

For Cincinnati residents who want to be more hands-on, Sunburst will show you the simplest way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows seem like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other specialty windows. But there’s still an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the plan.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the horizontal distance). Get a measurement across in three separate spots: as close as you can to the center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the frame. Record all of them, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, do the same for the height (vertical) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of the window as shown in the diagram below.

Cincinnati indoor shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you may either need to record the smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places ensures that you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Specialty Shaped 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 perfect arch or octagonal window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst is happy to provide for free). If you’d still like to do so yourself, these are the steps to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters.

Measuring Rounded and Arched Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, look for 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 spot. Again, record to the closest eighth of an inch.

Measuring 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 exactly as that: a rectangle and an arch put together. Get the width measurement like you would any other arch, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Last, find the window’s max length from the center, subtracting the leg height. Again, record all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Octagon and Circular Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the most difficult to get measurements for, as there can be so many small aspects that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to professionals.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati. We’d be glad to take your window measurements for free during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Just call 513-216-9740 or complete the contact form below to schedule yours.