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How to Measure for Plantation Shutters

Once you decide what kind of plantation shutter you would like, you then need to measure for them. When measuring for plantation shutters, there are some simple steps you need to follow to be certain the shutters ordered are the correct size for the window.

Before starting to measure for plantation shutters, it is important to use a reliable ruler. A steel tape measure is recommended.

After selecting a tape measure, the next step is to determine whether the window is square using a level. Place the level diagonally from the top corner of the window frame to the opposite bottom corner; this should be done from both top corners. The difference between both diagonal measurements should be less than 1/4 inch difference. If the difference measures between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch, the window is out of square.


Once the window is squared, use a tape measure to find the depth of the window. It is important to make note of any locks, cranks, or other objects that may block the plantation blind louvers from opening all the way.


When measuring for inside mount shutters, measure from inside the frame of the window where the shutters will be mounted. Start by measuring horizontally at the top, center, and bottom of the window. Then, measure vertically at the left, center, and right of the window.


If measuring for outside mount shutters, measure from where the shutters will be mounted outside the window frame or trim. Take Measurements horizontally from the top, center, and bottom of the window. Next, measure vertically at the left, center, and right of the window.


These dimensions will determine what size plantation shutters need to be ordered. You also always have the option of calling a plantation shutter expert and getting them to help or do the measuring for you.