Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

Indoor shutters in Nashville are usually sold by the square foot, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Nashville shutter installer window measure

For Nashville homeowners who are DIYers, we’ll show you the right way to measure your windows to be fitted for interior shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows look like the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, relative to other window shapes. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (horizontal). Get a measurement across in three separate spots: close to the center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Mark down all three, to the closest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to the left and right edges of your window like shown in this illustration.

Nashville interior shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a truly perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might need to get either the shortest measurement (for an inside mount), or the longest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in three spots helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s no perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. To really get the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Nashville can provide for free). Otherwise, here’s how to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch and Semicircle Windows

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest eighth 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 nearest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are kind of a combination of a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and vertical “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So imagine it exactly as that: an arch and a rectangle combined. Get the width measurement like you would a normal arch, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). After that, find the maximum height of the window from the middle of the width, minus the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the trickiest to get accurate measurements, as there can be a ton of tiny aspects that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. You might want to leave these types of windows to professionals.

For tricky windows and other windows you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Nashville. We’re more than happy to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 615-236-8530 or use the contact form below to start.