Measuring For Shutters in Boston

Holly Perron

Interior shutters in Boston are almost always priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Boston shutter installer window measuring

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

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

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

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

To start, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Measure across in three different spots: in the middle, close to the top, and near the bottom of the pane. Record all of them, rounding to the closest ⅛ of an inch. After that, measure the height (the bottom-to-top) – take three measurements, one in the center, and one close to the left and right edges of your window as seen below.

Boston interior shutter measurement diagram

You want to measure in three places both ways because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you may need to get either the smallest measurement (inside mount), or the absolute largest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in three places makes sure you’re covered for every options.

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 perfect square window, there’s also never a perfect semicircle or arch window – which means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. For the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which Sunburst Shutters Boston is happy to do absolutely free). If you’d still like to do so yourself, these are the steps to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters.

How to Measure Arch and Semicircle Windows

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, find the window’s halfway point by dividing the width distance in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from that spot. Again, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are almost like a combination of a rectangular window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So attack it exactly as that: a rectangle and an arch put together. Measure the width like you would any other arch, then measure the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Last, find the window’s maximum height from the center, minus the height of the legs. Like always, record every measurement to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the trickiest to get accurate measurements, as there are so many tiny details that can alter the shutter dimensions your window might need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to a professional.

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 Boston. We’d be glad to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your free window treatment consultation. Simply call 781-352-2205 or fill out the contact form below to set yours up.