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How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in New Brunswick

October 04, 2017

Interior shutters in New Brunswick are usually sold by the square foot, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price quote, just measure your window width and height, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

New Brunswick shutter installer window measurement

For New Brunswick residents who are a little more hands-on, Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick will show you the best way to measure your windows for plantation shutters.


Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Normal square windows seem like the easiest kind of windows to measure – and that’s because they are, relative to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process that goes into getting accurate measurements. Here’s how to do it.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure

  • Pen and paper

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three separate places: close to the middle, close to the top, and near the bottom of the window. Record each one, rounding to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Next, measure the height (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near the left and right edges of your window as shown in the diagram below.

New Brunswick indoor shutter measurement diagram

We recommend taking three measurements in each direction because no window is a truly perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you might either need to record the shortest measurement (inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Recording measurements in three places ensures that you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s no such thing as a perfect semicircle or arch 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 our team is happy to provide for no cost). Other than that, here’s how to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.


How to Measure Arch Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Measure the width of the window at the flat side. Only measuring around the window opening, mark down 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 half, then measure to the end of the rounded part of the window from the point you found. Again, record to the closest 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 top edges and a higher arch. So imagine it like that: a square and an arch on top of each other. Get the width measurement just like you would a normal arch, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Last, measure the window’s maximum height from the center, minus the leg height. Again, record all of these to the closest ⅛ of an inch.


How to Measure Octagon and Circular Windows

Octagonal and circular windows are some of the most difficult to measure accurately, because there are a ton of tiny details that can change the shutter dimensions you may need. You might want to leave these windows to a professional.

For tricky windows and for any others you don’t feel comfortable measuring, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick. We’d love to take your window measurements at no cost to you during your complimentary window treatment consultation. Just call 732-301-6168 or complete the contact form below to schedule yours.