measuring for shutters

Aesthetically Preferred Method

Measurements should be taken from the OUTSIDE of the window casing. This gives the shutters a nice proportioned look to the size of your window.
  1. Measure A to B. This will the the height of your shutters.
  2. Measure C – D. This is the measurement for a PAIR of shutters. Divide by 2, this is the measurement for each panel.
  3. If you have a bank of 2 or 3 windows. Measure one of the end windows and use those measurements to determine height and width for a single panel on each side of the bank.
  4. Functional or Non-functional hinges can be used with this mounting method, but panels will be too big to actually close over the windows. If you want to close the shutters over the windows, use the Historically Accurate Method to measure.

Historically Accurate Method

Measurements should be taken from the INSIDE of the window casing. This is the area that historically functional shutters would cover. Note that some people feel the shutters look “too small” when using this method. Functional Hinges and Shutter Dogs are required for functional shutters to operate.
  1. Measure A to B. This will be the height of the shutters.
  2. Measure C to D. This is the measurement for a PAIR of shutters. Divide by 2, this is the measurement for each panel.
  3. Because there could be variation, measure three locations – once near each side and once in the center – and use the smallest of the three measurements. Do this for both the height and the width. If you are planning to actually close your shutters, we recommend you deduct 1/4” from your smallest measurement to insure clearance.
  4. If you have a bank of two windows, and are planning on closing the shutters, you will have to have the panels bi-folded to work. This requires additional hardware.

Measuring Arches

Note the details in both of the aesthetic & historical methods, for an exact fit.
  1. Measure A to B. This is the overall height of the shutters.
  2. Measure E to F. This is the “breakline” where the arch begins.
  3. Measure C to D. This is overall width of the pair of shutters.

Measuring Bahamas

Bahama Shutters can be installed in any area where shade or moderate privacy is needed. They can be mounted on windows, porches or gazebos.

Make sure you have a good mounting surface for the top hinges and the bottom stays.

  1. Measure A to B for the overall height.
  2. Measure C to D for the overall width.
  3. Note whether you would like vertical stiles and the number you want. Required on Bahama Shutters over 50” in width.

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