How to Measure for Plantation Shutters

Nothing could be more disappointing than eagerly waiting for your Eclipse Shutters to be delivered only to find that they don’t fit your windows! If you decide to measure your windows youself, please read on to find out how to do this easily and accurately.

The first step to making your new indoor window shutters a reality is to measure your windows. The measurements you take will be very important, as the shutters will be built to your specifications. Here are a few tips that should help you as you measure:

  • Use a steel tape measure for the most accurate measurements
  • Measure each window individually and record each measurement
  • Determining Shutter Mounting Style: Outside vs. Inside the Window Frame

Shutters can be mounted two different ways, either inside the window frame or outside the window frame. If you’d prefer your shutter mounted inside the window frame, you’ll need to check that the window is square and that there will be sufficient clearance space between the window hardware and the shutter. Without enough clearance space, the shutters might not open and shut properly.

Shutters that are mounted outside the window frame are attached directly to the wall, and completely cover the window and frame.

Once you’ve decided whether your new shutters will be mounted inside or outside of the window frame, it’s time to get started with the actual measurements. Always measure from the inside of the house, and don’t include the window frame in your measurements. For width, measure across the window at the top, center and bottom. For height, measure from top to bottom on the left, center and right.

Inside Mount

Inside MountInside Mount
  1. Use a durable steel tape measure (do not use a cloth tape).
  2. Measure all windows separately, no matter how similar they look.
  3. Measure in 3 locations for width and height. Use the smallest measurement (if they are not all the same) rounding down to the nearest 1/8 in.
  4. Do not make any deductions, allowances or additions.
  5. Check for squareness by measuring on diagonals.

Note: If diagonal measurement differs by more than ½ in., choose outside mount instead.

 

Outside Mount

Outside Mount
  1. Use a durable steel tape measure (do not use a cloth tape).
  2. Measure all windows separately, no matter how similar they look.
  3. Measure the width to the outer edges of the molding in three places (your molding is part of the measurement). Record the widest measurement rounding up to the nearest 1/8 in.
  4. Measure the height to the outer edges of the molding in 3 places (your molding is part of the measurement). If you have a sill, measure from the top of the sill to the top of the molding. Measure the window height in 3 places. Record the longest measurement rounding up to the nearest 1/8 in.
  5. Do not take any deductions, allowances or additions.