How To Measure Your Window For Shutters in Las Vegas

Darik Neilson

Plantation shutters in Las Vegas are typically priced by the square foot, so if you’re looking for a rough measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window length and width, to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

Las Vegas shutter installer window measurement

For Las Vegas residents who are a little more hands-on, we’ll show you the easiest way to measure your windows to be fitted for interior shutters.

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular rectangular windows look like the easiest ones to measure – and they are, at least compared to other uniquely shaped windows. But there’s still an entire process to follow to find your measurements. Here’s the plan.

The Tools That You Need:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

To start, measure the width (horizontal). Measure across in three different spots: near the middle, near the top, and close to the bottom of the window. Write down all three, rounding to the closest ⅛ of an inch. Next, measure the height (vertical) – measure three times, one in the middle, and one near either edge of the window like seen in this illustration.

Las Vegas plantation shutter measurement diagram

The reason you need to measure in three spots each direction is because no window is an absolutely perfect square. 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 absolute largest measurement (for an outside mount). Recording measurements in three places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

Measuring Non-rectangular Windows for Shutters

Non-rectangular windows are the windows that can present a challenge to measure. Just like there’s no perfect square window, there’s no perfect octagon, circle, or arched window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. For the best results, get a professional measurement (which Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas is happy to provide absolutely free). Otherwise, these are the steps to measure the most common specialty windows for shutters.

Measuring Arch Windows and Round Windows for Shutters

Start by measuring the width on the window’s flat bottom. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest ⅛ of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, find the window’s midpoint by dividing the width measurement in half, then measure to the top of the window from that point. Again, write it down to the closest ⅛ of an inch.

How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows look 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 taller arch. So imagine it like that: an arch and a square combined. Get the width measurement just like you would any other arch, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves into an arch). Next, find the max length of the window from the center, subtracting the height of the legs. Again, record all of these to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

Measuring Circular & Octagonal Windows

Circular and octagonal windows are some of the trickiest to get accurate measurements, as there are so many tiny details that can change the shutter dimensions your window may need. You might want to leave these ones to a professional.

For tricky windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or to just prevent any and all headaches and future stress, call Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas. We’re more than happy to come measure your windows at no cost to you during your no-strings-attached window treatment consultation. Simply call 702-850-6619 or complete the contact form below to start.