Measuring For Shutters in Atlanta

Dan Taylor

Indoor shutters in Atlanta are typically priced by the square foot, so if you need a measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and length, to the closest eighth of an inch.

Atlanta shutter installer window measure

For Atlanta residents who are DIYers, Sunburst Shutters Atlanta will show you the best way to measure your windows for plantation shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows look like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the plan.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different places: in the center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Mark down all of them, rounding to the closest eighth of an inch. Then, do the same for the length (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the center, and one near the left and right edges of your window like seen below.

Atlanta interior shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is a perfect rectangle. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may either need to record the shortest measurement (for an inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in three spots makes sure your bases are covered.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which our team is happy to provide for no cost). Otherwise, here’s how to measure the most common unique-shaped windows for shutters.

How to Measure Rounded and Arch Windows for Shutters

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. To find the height, look for the halfway point of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top 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 are kind of a combination of a circular or rectangular, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So imagine it like that: a rectangle and an arch put together. Get the width measurement just like you would any other arched window, then take a measurement of the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, measure the max height of the window from the middle of the width, minus the leg height. 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 measure accurately, since there are a ton of tiny features that can alter the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. You might want to leave these types of windows to a professional.

For circular and octagonal windows and other windows you don’t want to do yourself, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta. We’d be glad to come measure your windows for free during your free window treatment consultation. Just call 404-962-8517 or fill out the contact form below to begin.