Measuring For Shutters in Colorado Springs10/04/2017Gary Harding Interior shutters in Colorado Springs are typically sold by the square foot, so if you need a measurement for a price estimate, just measure your window width and height, to the closest ⅛ of an inch. For Colorado Springs homeowners who are a little more hands-on, we’ll teach you the right way to measure your windows to be fitted for interior shutters. How to Measure Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters Regular square windows look like the easiest type of window to measure – and that’s because they are, relative to other specialty windows. But you still have an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the process. The Tools That You Need: Tape measure Paper and pencil First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Take a measurement across in three separate spots: in the middle, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Record each one, to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Next, do the same for the height (the bottom-to-top) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of the window like seen in this illustration. The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is a truly perfect square. And because you might need a specific mount for your window, you might either need to record the absolute smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (outside mount). Taking measurements in three places makes sure you’re covered for every options. How to Measure Specialty Shaped Windows for Shutters Non-square windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just as there’s no such thing as a perfectly square window, there’s also never a perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – which means it’s not as simple as getting a width and height. For the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs is happy to do for no cost). Other than that, here’s how to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters. Measuring Rounded and Arch Windows Measure the width on the window’s flat bottom. Only measuring around the window opening, record to the nearest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. Moving on to the height, locate the window’s halfway point by dividing the width measurement 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 cross between 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 exactly as that: a rectangle and an arch mashed together. Get the width measurement as you would a normal arched window, then record the length of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). After that, find the window’s max height from the center, subtracting the leg height. 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 trickiest to measure accurately, as there are so many small features that can change the shutter dimensions you might need. You might want to leave these types of windows to a professional. For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you’d rather not measure, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs. We’d love to take your window measurements for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 303-625-6431 or complete the contact form below to schedule yours.