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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in New York

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in New York are almost always priced by the square foot, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window length and width, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

New York shutter installer window measure

For New York residents who want to be more hands-on, Sunburst will teach you the right way to measure your windows for indoor shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Common square windows seem like they’d be the easiest ones to measure – and that’s because they are, at least compared to other window shapes. But there’s still an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Get a measurement across in three different places: near the exact center, near the top, and near the bottom of the frame. Mark down all three, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. After that, do the same for the length (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the middle, and one near either edge of the window like seen below.

New York interior shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you may either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst can provide absolutely free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common non-rectangular windows for shutters.


Measuring Arched Windows and Round Windows

Measure the width on the window’s flat side. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the height, find the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, write it down to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are kind of a combination of a square window and a circular window, with a wide, flat bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded top edges and a higher arch. So imagine it like that: a rectangle and an arch mashed together. Measure the width like you would any other arch, then record the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, find the max height of the window from the middle of the width, subtracting the leg height. Like always, record all of these to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Octagon and Circular Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the most difficult to find measurements, as there can be a ton of tiny aspects that can change the shutter dimensions your window may need. We strongly recommend leaving these more difficult ones to a professional.

For difficult windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters New York. We’d love to take your window measurements for free during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Simply call 631-246-3930 or use the contact form below to schedule yours.