Shutter Height

Measure the height of your wood shutters from the top of the window to the bottom including the window frame, but excluding any window sill.
Enter the desired height of your shutters. The way you measure your windows depends on the type of shutter installation - decorative or fully functional.

Decorative Shutter Installation

Decorative installation means the shutters will not open and close, but will be fixed to the wall in the open position. This is a popular installation choice and avoids the added expense of operable shutter hardware.

For decorative installation, the height is not critical. The height can vary by as much as an inch and still look reasonably good. Take the measurement from the top of the window to the bottom of the window including the window trim, but excluding any window sill.

It is important to understand that there are many ways to measure your windows, as construction materials and architecture vary from one region to the next. The best advice we can give you is to carefully inspect how the houses in your local area have installed their exterior shutters and to install your exterior shutters the same way. While most people install decorative shutters to make their home "stand out", it is also important to make sure it "fits in" to your own neighborhood so it will truely improve the value of your home.

Functional Shutter Installation

To make your shutters actually function, you will need to be more careful when you take your measurements. Take the time to measure accurately as this will ensure your shutters will function the way you expect. Remember - measure twice, and order once!

Measure the height of your shutters as if they were actually closed. This typically means measuring some part of the window trim in addition to the actual window. On brick this usually means measuring the entire opening where the window recesses into the brick, not the actual window. Keep in mind that window heights may vary even on the same window, so it is best to measure at the left side, middle, and right side of the window to get the most accurate measurement. If the measurements are different you must use the SMALLEST of the 3 measurements.

For fully functional shutters, measure your windows at the left, middle, and right for the most accurate window measurement.
Measure Your Window as if the Functional Shutters were Actually Closed

Although StyleCraft New England Collection wooden shutters are only available in 1" height increments, the fact that they are made from natural wood means you can trim them to size using a standard table saw.

The bottom rail can be trimmed up to 1" so you can create custom heights as required. Simply order the height to the next highest inch from your height measurement and trim the height of the shutter to your requirement.