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How to Measure for Exterior Window Shutters

Updated on May 9, 2012

One of the biggest problems people struggle with when ordering custom exterior shutters is " How to measure my window for the exterior shutters? ".

Measure is actually very easy.

First, use a good metal tape measure. Don't use your kids school ruler. If you don't have a good tape measure, this is your excuse for another Home Depot run.

Two things to consider are:

  1. Will my shutters be decorative? or
  2. Will my window shutters be functional?

For most customers the answer is "Decorative". In that case, simply measure your window opening like in the diagram. The 'Length' is the heigth of the window opening. The width is the just the window opening width divided by 2.

Measuring for functional shutters

Well for the hard part...

Do just as above, but substract a 1/4" from the length and a 1/8" from your width for one shutter. This allows for expansion and contraction of the wood shutter.

You can find more information about shutters at my shutter site for custom exterior shutter. Sunbelt Shutters


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