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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Honolulu

October 04, 2017

Indoor shutters in Honolulu are almost always sold on a square foot basis, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, simply measure your window length and width, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Honolulu shutter installer window measuring

For Honolulu homeowners who are a little handier around the house, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu will teach you the right way to measure your windows for interior shutters.


How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Typical square windows sound like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, compared to other specialty windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s what to do.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pencil and paper

Starting off, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Take a measurement across in three separate spots: as close as you can to the center, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Mark down all of them, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. After that, measure the length (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near either edge of the window as shown below.

Honolulu interior shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is a perfect rectangle. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in multiple spots makes sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are where measuring can become extremely tricky. 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 a professional measurement (which our team is happy to provide for no cost). If you’d still like to do so yourself, these are the steps to measure most types of unique-shaped windows for shutters.


Measuring Arch and Semicircle Windows for Shutters

Measure the width of the window at the flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. To find the height, locate the halfway point of the window by dividing the width distance in two, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from that spot. Again, write it down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Elongated Arch Windows

Elongated arch windows are almost 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 attack it exactly as that: an arch and a rectangle on top of each other. Measure the width 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 into an arch). Last, measure the max height of the window from the center, subtracting the height of the legs. Like always, write down every measurement to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the hardest to get measurements for, because there can be a ton of tiny imperfections that can alter the shutter dimensions you may need. You might want to leave these more difficult ones to a professional.

For difficult windows and other windows you’d rather not measure, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows for free during your free window treatment consultation. Simply call 808-797-2004 or use the contact form below to set yours up.