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How to Measure for Shutters

Shutters are decorative architectural elements that can enhance the beauty of nearly any style of home when designed, built, and assembled properly. In this post, we will address important details to keep in mind when measuring for and designing shutters.

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In order to make the shutters appear more authentic and operational, it is best to install the shutters as close as possible to the edge of the window frame or masonry opening. For new construction, decorative trim is typically not installed around a window where shutters are planned.

If the windows are already wrapped with trim, consider mounting the shutter on top of the trim and using a decorative shutter hinge.
If the windows are already wrapped with trim, consider mounting the shutter on top of the trim and using a decorative shutter hinge.

For the most part, shutters should be made to cover approximately half the width of the window. This is easily accomplished for a typical sized window, say 30” W x 60” H. However, for windows that are much narrower or much wider than this – exceptions are often made. For narrow windows (12-18” wide), a single shutter that matches the window width is an attractive choice compared to two very skinny shutters.

For 40” wide windows (or double or triple window units) it is usually not practical for shutters to be half as wide as the window. It is recommended to keep the shutter width in the 15-17” wide range for these cases. If only narrower shutters will fit, perhaps eliminating the shutters entirely would give the most authentic look.

Typically, shutters should be made the same height as the window frame.The shutter should not go below the frame of the window and definitely not below the top of the sill.

If the window frame is smaller than the masonry opening and there is space above the window itself, it would be best to match the masonry opening height. 
If the window frame is smaller than the masonry opening and there is space above the window itself, it would be best to match the masonry opening height.

There is more to keep in mind when measuring for shutters than width x height. If you remember the suggestions above when planning for shutters, you will enhance the look of your home for years to come.  Visit our shop for some custom shutter inspiration!

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