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Measuring For Shutters in San Jose

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in San Jose are usually priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate 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 want to be more hands-on, we’ll teach you the best way to measure your windows to be fitted for indoor shutters.


How to Measure Rectangular and Square Windows for Shutters

Common square windows look like they’d be the easiest ones to measure – and they are, at least compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But you still have an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pen

Starting off, measure the width (the horizontal distance). 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) – measure three times, one in the center, and one close to either edge of the window as shown in the diagram below.

San Jose plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is a geometrically perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple spots ensures that you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the tricky ones to measure. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no perfect semicircle or arch window – which means that taking the right measurements can be problematic. If you want the best results, get a professional measurement (which our team can provide for free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.


How to Measure Rounded and Arched Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat side. Measuring only the window opening, mark down to the nearest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. To find the length, locate 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, record to the closest eighth of an inch.


How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows look like a cross between a square window and a circular window, 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 just like you would a normal arch, then measure the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). After that, 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 hardest to measure accurately, because there are so many tiny details that can change the shutter dimensions your window may need. You might want to leave these types of windows to a professional.

For difficult windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or just to save yourself some headache, 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 916-542-1305 or fill out the contact form below to schedule yours.