The easy way to measure for plantation shutters

Welcome to our simple guide to measuring your windows for your new plantation shutters. You're going to love just how quick and easy it is to measure up.


Before you get going

Designing your dream shutters

The fun starts with designing how your shutters will fit, so channel your inner stylist and get creative! This is about finding your dream look and getting custom shutters that fit and function perfectly.

shutters that sit inside the frame are called recess fit:

  • shutters attach inside the window frame for a seamless and sleek look
  • look fabulous in any room and great for kitchens and bathrooms
  • perfect if your recess is nice and deep and for minimal obstructions
  • choose the small L frame for a discreet look, the Z frame for out of square windows, or find an alternative shutter frame using our guide
  • go for a full frame for a symmetrical look or a 3 sided frame for minor obstructions right at the bottom and for window sills
  • a direct mount is a no frame option for small windows
  • choose from 3 stunning shades of white
  • customise your panel design and midrail position to match your window
  • pick your hinge combination when you have more than two panels
  • match your hinge colour to your shutters, or choose a metal colour to tie in with other features in your home

OK it's time to start measuring,
let's take it step by step.

Measuring up is easy, here's how to do it:

1 Make a note of your frame option and frame type

Check that you have a minimum recess depth of 65 mm. If you have obstructions, check the depth is 65 mm from the obstruction out to the edge of your window recess.

Note down which shutter frame type you want. Remember, the small L frame is our go to and the Z frame is great if your window is out of square. You can check our frame guide for your best options.

Also note down which shutter option you want, a full frame or a 3 sided frame, great for obstructions right at the bottom and for window sills.

Shutters 03 recessfit measure note

2 Measure your width

Measure the exact inside width of your window frame or recess in three different positions: across the top, middle and bottom. Write down the smallest measurement. This measurement will be your shutter frame width. Don’t make any deductions, we’ll do it for you so that you get a perfect fit.

Contact us if your 3 measurements have a greater than 10 mm difference.

Example: your width measures 1810 mm across the top, 1812 mm across the middle and 1814 mm across the bottom. You'll take the smallest, and write down 1810 mm.

Shutters 03 recessfit measure width

3 Measure your drop

Measure the exact inside height of your window frame or recess in three different positions: on the left, in the middle and on the right. Write down the smallest measurement. This measurement will be your shutter frame drop.

Contact us if your 3 measurements have a greater than 10 mm difference.

Example: your drop measures 2000 mm on the left, 2004 mm in the middle and 2006 mm on the right. You'll take the smallest, and write down 2000 mm.

Shutters 03 recessfit measure drop

4 Measure for your midrail position

  • Shutters 03 1 recessfit measure midrail 1500 A

    For drops over 1500 mm, measure from the bottom inside edge of your recess, to the mid-point of where you’d like the midrail to sit, and write it down. Position it in line with any horizontal mullions in the window. If you don't have a mullion, go for a position that's not at eye level.

  • Shutters 03 2 recessfit measure midrail 2100 B

    For drops over 2100 mm, you'll need two midrails. First measure from the bottom inside edge of your recess, to the mid-point of where you’d like the first midrail to sit, and write it down. Then repeat for where you’d like the second midrail to sit, and write it down. Position them in line with any horizontal mullions in the window. If you don't have mullions, go for positions that are not at eye level.

  • Shutters 03 4 recessfit measure midrail example C

    We'll assume your midrail(s) will be spaced evenly, if you don't provide measurements. So if you have mullions, the midrail may not line up nicely.

5 Measure for your panels

  • Shutters 03 5 recessfit measure panel example A

    Check our handy panel guide, and make a note of how many panels you'd like.

    It's best if panels line up with your window frames. We will assume that your panels are evenly spaced if you don't give us measurements.

  • Shutters 03 6 recessfit measure 2 panels B

    For two panels, measure the width of your first panel, starting from the left inside edge of your recess across to the middle point of any obvious parts of your window frame, and write it down. Don't worry about making an allowance for the shutter frame, we'll do all that once you've ordered.

  • Shutters 03 7 recessfit measure 3 panels C

    For three or more panels, measure the width of each panel, always starting from the left inside edge of your recess across to the middle point of any obvious parts of your window frame, and write it down. Don't worry about making an allowance for the shutter frame or T posts, we'll do all that once you've ordered.

    Note down where you want your panel hinges to go, for each panel. Check out our hinge combinations.

6 Order your custom shutters online

You're all set to order your shutters! Don't forget, there's a 'Order Instructions' section in checkout where you'll tell us your midrail position and panel measurements.

Design & order

Our hints and tips

Want to know our top tips for measuring up like a pro?

  • Give us your measurements in millimetres (mm)
  • Double check all of your measurements before you order
  • Always write down 'width' and 'drop' next to your measurements, so you don't reverse them by accident!
  • Only give us the exact measurements we ask for. Our team custom makes your shutters to fit your windows.
  • They make standard deductions to account for your frames, so you don't have to.
  • Measure every window. The beauty of each house is that each window may have slight variations in size,
  • and we want all your shutters to fit perfectly.
  • We know every home is unique and we're just a phone call away if you need to chat- 1300 918 390
  • For some extra help deciding on your perfect fit, you can email a photo of you window(s) to our team: info@diyblinds.com.au

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