Measuring For Shutters in San Jose

Curtis Orton

Interior shutters in San Jose are usually priced on a square foot basis, so if you need a measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window height and width, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

San Jose shutter installation window measuring

For San Jose homeowners who are a little handier around the house, Sunburst Shutters San Jose will teach you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.

How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Typical square windows sound like they’d be the easiest ones to measure – and they are, at least compared to other window shapes. 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

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different places: near the center, close to the top, and close to the bottom of the pane. Mark down all three, to the nearest eighth of an inch. Then, measure the height (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the center, and one close to either edge of the window as shown in this illustration.

San Jose indoor shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is an absolutely perfect square. And because of the different types of shutter mounts different windows need, you might either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (for an outside mount). Taking measurements in multiple spots ensures that you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-square windows are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just as there’s no perfect 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 San Jose can provide for no cost). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.

How to Measure Arch Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. To find the length, look for the halfway point of the window by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from that spot. Again, record to the closest eighth of an inch.

How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows look like a cross between 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 mashed together. Measure the width as you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, measure the window’s maximum height from the center, minus the leg height. Again, record all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the trickiest to measure accurately, as there are so many tiny aspects that can change the shutter dimensions your window may need. You might want to leave these types of windows to a professional.

For these windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to save yourself a lot of stress, call Sunburst Shutters San Jose. We’d be glad to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 408-831-3373 or fill out the contact form below to schedule yours.