When planning a shutter project, one of the first things you’ll want to do is measure. The size of the shutters helps you plan your budget, as shutter costs are typically based on the amount of materials needed for a job. Plus, you’ll get to know your house just a little better. One window might be sized slightly differently than another one. That’s not a problem, but it does give one more example of why getting a custom fit of shutters is so important and how it can help keep the right aesthetic balance.
Some tips to get started:
- Always take two measurements. As each window is not created equal, the measurements you take at the top of the window will vary slightly from the one taken along the bottom. Measure the opening along the top of the window, then measure along the bottom.
- The height of one side of the window will probably be different from the other as well, so take a right-side measurement and a left-side measurement to ensure complete accuracy.
- Note the window frame width, as well as the wall’s texture. Is it covered with brick, stone or siding.
- Keep in mind, that unless your shutters will be used functionally, the slight measurement variations (1/4” or less) commonly found in historic homes are not a major concerns.
- Call a Timberlane expert at 1-800-250-2221 for additional assistance. We’re here to help.
View our Resource Library section for easy, downloadable guides and illustrations on how to measure, plus helpful, short videos.
Special tips for matching existing shutters:
Sometimes, homeowners want to match existing shutters on their home or ancillary buildings. If your stile and rail dimensions are different than our standard offerings, that’s okay. We frequently customize these elements for these types of situations.
You will need to take additional measurements, by following this illustration:
- Measure rail dimensions (A):
- Measure stile dimensions (B):
- Measure panel configuration/existing rail placement (C):
If there is more than one rail, we need the distance from the top of each rail. It’s quite common when matching existing shutters that the various rail and stile dimensions may differentiate within a single shutter.
Note: for louvered shutters, the middle and bottom rails can fluctuate due to the width and spacing of louver blades.