Measuring for Shutters

Shutters are the most on trend window furnishing of the 21st century. Popular with professional and amateur interior designers alike, they have the ability to complement and enhance both traditional and modern interiors.

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    Parts of a shutter

Before you start!

To ensure the perfect fit, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide whether you will be face fitting or recess fitting your new shutters.

Where your window frame has the space to allow for it, we recommend a recess fit as a better option. A face fit shutter will project into your room by about 65mm and will also hide your current architraves.

Step 1 - Recess Fit or Face Fit

We recommend a recess fit where possible, so you’ll need to make sure you have full window depth clearance of 65mm across the window. Look out for any obstructions like window winders or handles that might pose a problem.

Measuring Your Windows - Recess Fit

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    1 Measure the Width

    Take the exact measurement of the inside of your window frame from left to right in 3 places; once at the top of the window, once across the middle and once at the bottom. You will then need to record the smallest measurement.

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    2 Measure the Drop

    Once again we need your exact measurement of the inside of your window frame from top to bottom. You will need to take 3 measurements; one on the left, one in the centre and one on the right-hand side. You will then need to record the smallest measurement.

Face Fit Tip

Face Fit is where the shutters will be mounted on the wall or architrave and will cover the total window area.

Measuring Your Windows - Face Fit

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    1 Measure the Width

    You will need to take the exact outside width measurement of your window frame from left to right. Measure at the top, middle and bottom of the frame and record the smallest measurement.

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    2 Measure the Drop

    You will need to take the exact outside measurement of your frame from top to bottom. Measure on the left, the centre and the right-hand side of the frame, recording the smallest measurement for your order. If there is a discrepancy between your smallest and largest measurement of more than 8-10mm you may want to consider averaging out these measurements.

Step 2 - Midrail Alignment

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    1 Midrail Position

    If your shutter has a drop of 1500mm or more it will be made with a midrail. We recommend positioning the midrail at the height of any horizontal mullions in the window. If your window doesn’t have a mullion you may either choose to have your midrail in the centre of the panel or at any other specifc point you choose (it’s always best to keep them below eye level).

    To measure the height of your midrail, measure from the bottom of your shutter (inside the frame for recess fit or the bottom of the architrave for face fit) to the mid-point of where you’d like the midrail to sit.

    We will assume your midrail will be located in the middle of your panels. If this is not the case please let us know via email (info@diyonlineblinds.com.au) or make a note in the order instructions when you check.

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    Midrail aligned to the window frame

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    Midrail not aligned to the window frame

Step 3 - Panel Alignment

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    1 Panels aligned to the window frame

    Uneven panels – when you place your order we’ll assume that all your panels are the same width.

    If your panels are uneven, please let us know via email (info@diyonlineblinds.com.au) or make a note in the order instructions at checkout and we’ll be in touch.

    We’ll help ensure your panels align to the window frame for the best fit, while maintaining window functionality. Please see images below which illustrate both the aesthetic and functional importance of aligning your panels with your window frames.

    Like always if you have any questions or run into any problems the friendly team at DIY Online Blinds are only a phone call away.

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    Panel widths don't match window frame

    Note in this image you can see the window frame and the handle because the panels don’t align with the window frame.

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    Panel widths matching window frame

    Note in this image the panels and window frame line up, making for a much nicer finish that looks and operates much better.

Essential Measuring Tips

  1. Always use a metal tape measure
  2. Always write down your measurements indicating which is width and drop. Take extra care to ensure you don’t reverse them.
  3. Double check all your measurements. We don’t refund or replace items due to inaccurate measurements.
  4. There is no need to shorten your measurement to allow for clearance. We’ll take that into account. All we need from you is the exact measurement.
  5. We require all measurements in millimeters.
  6. Measure every window, as they may have slight variations that will effect your window furnishing from fitting perfectly.
  7. If you have any questions don’t hesitate calling us on 1300 918 390 between 9am and 9pm Mon to Fri or 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun. Our customer service team is more then happy to help.

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