Measuring For Shutters in Jacksonville10/04/2017Kevin McCormack Indoor shutters in Jacksonville are almost always priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window length and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch. For Jacksonville residents who are a little more hands-on, Sunburst will teach you the right way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters. Measuring Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters Normal square windows seem like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, at least compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s how to do it. Tools Needed: Metal tape measure Pen and paper First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Take a measurement across in three separate places: close to the center, near the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record each one, rounding to the nearest eighth of an inch. After that, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to the left and right edges of the window like seen in the diagram below. We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is an absolutely perfect rectangle. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in three places helps make sure your bases are covered. How to Measure Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters Non-square windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville is happy to do for no cost). Other than that, these are the steps to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters. Measuring Arched and Semicircle Windows Start by measuring the width of the window at the flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, find the midpoint of the window by dividing the width measurement in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest eighth of an inch. Measuring Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters Elongated arch windows look like a combination of a square window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a taller arch. So attack it like that: a square and an arch on top of each other. Get the width measurement just like you would any other arched window, then record the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, measure the window’s maximum height from the center, subtracting the leg height. Again, record 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 measure accurately, because there are a ton of tiny details that can alter the dimensions of the shutters you may need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to a professional. For tricky windows and other windows you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville. We’d be glad to come measure your windows for free during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Just call 904-289-1663 or fill out the contact form below to begin.