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Measuring for Shutters

These instructions apply to the following shutter collections only:

For all other shutter collections please use the measuring instructions found on the Custom Faux & Real Wood Shutters Page. More detailed instructions including images can also be found on the Measuring for Blinds Page in the Shutters section.

Inside or Outside Mount?

The first decision that needs to be made before you measure your windows is whether you want to mount your shutters on the inside or outside of the window frame.

Shutters mounted on the inside of the window frame provide a sleek and clean design. On an inside mount the frame will sit back in the window casing so that it will emphasize the actual size of the window. Depending on your frame style choice this mounting option may allow your window molding to be visible (refer to step 5 for more detail). If you want your blind to fit flush with the window molding you need to make sure you have enough depth in your window to accommodate the depth of your shutter.

Inside Mount Frame, Window & Shutters from Above

Inside Mount Frame, Window and Shutters from Above

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Inside Mount Z-Frame, Window & Shutters from Above

Inside Mount Z-Frame, Window and Shutters from Above

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Shutters mounted on the outside of the window frame provide the illusion of a longer and wider window and it can help in hiding an unattractive window. On an outside mount a shutter can be mounted either on the window molding itself or above and beyond the window molding. An outside mount always provides for greater privacy and light control. An outside mount may be your only option if the window is not deep enough to contain at least the shutter mounting.

Outside Mount Frame, Window & Shutters from Above

Outside Mount Frame, Window and Shutters from Above

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Choose Your Measuring Method

There are 2 methods for measuring windows:

1) Window Size Measuring for inside and outside mounts – The factory makes all the frame additions and deductions. When choosing this option be sure that you have adequate mounting clearances, see Mounting Clearance section below for more information. When ordering outside mount there are 3 situations that will require you to choose Frame Size Measuring instead of Window Size Measuring: 1. Window lacks proper Clearance. 2. You are mounting on top of an existing Moulding. 3. You are Mounting Beyond an existing molding. Please see Frame Size Measuring section below for more details.

2) Frame Size Measuring for outside mounts only – The factory makes no additions or deductions to this size. The width and height of the shutter will include the frames. When choosing this option be sure that you have adequate mounting clearances, see Mounting Clearance section below for more information. Choose frame size measuring if your window lacks proper clearance, if you are mounting on top of an existing molding or if you are mounting beyond an existing molding. Please see Frame Size Measuring section below for more details.

Window Size Measuring

Inside Mount

Measure width & height in 3 places and record the smallest measurement. The table below shows the deductions the factory will make to the window size. You do not need to make any deductions.
Note: For inside mounts – Check window to ensure it is square by measuring diagonally. If diagonal measurements differ by up to ½" use then choose a Z frame. If diagonal measurements differ ½" to 1" choose the Trim or Deco Z Frame, if over 1" must mount outside mount.
Clearance – Ensure that there is proper clearance inside of window jamb to accommodate the frame. See Mounting Clearance section below for more information.

The factory will deduct the following for you. Do not make any deductions:

All Z Frames– 1⁄4"
Elegance Frame– 1⁄4"
L Frame– 1⁄8"
Hanging Strip– 1⁄8"

Outside Mount

Measure width & Height in 3 places and record the largest measurement. The table below shows the frame additions that the factory will make to the window size. You do not need to make any additions.
Clearance – Ensure that there is proper clearance on all 4 sides of opening to accommodate the frame. See Mounting Clearance section below for more information.

The factory will add the following for you. Do not make any additions:

PolyClad, Solid PolyCore, Grand View Poly & Woodlore
L Frame+ 4"
Designer Frame+ 5"
Hanging Strip+ 3"
Extended Frame+ 4"
Slimline Frame+ 2.5"
Steve's Exclusive Real Wood Shutters Only
L Frame+ 2.5"
Designer Frame+ 4.5"
Hanging Strip+ 3.5"
Extended Frame+ 3.5"

Frame Size Measuring

Outside Mount

Measure width & height in 3 places and record the largest size.
Add additional width and height to your measurements found in the chart below. Add the amount listed to both the height and the width. This is the total amount you need to add per width and height, you do not need to add twice for each side. For example, if your frame measures 18" wide by 30" high and you are ordering a Solid Core Poly Faux Wood Shutter with an L Frame then the measurement you would use to order would be 22" wide by 34" high.

The factory WILL NOT add the following for you. You must make the following additions yourself:

PolyClad, Solid PolyCore, Grand View Poly & Woodlore
L Frame+ 4"
Designer Frame+ 5"
Hanging Strip+ 3"
Extended Frame+ 4"
Slimline Frame+ 2.5"
Steve's Exclusive Real Wood Shutters Only
L Frame+ 2.5"
Designer Frame+ 4.5"
Hanging Strip+ 3.5"
Extended Frame+ 3.5"

There are 3 situations that will require Frame Size Measuring:

1) Window lacks proper clearance – Order by frame size whenever there is a lack of proper clearances around window. Our standard factory additions will not work in these situations. See Mounting Clearance section below for more information on clearance.

Clearance

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2) You are mounting on top of an existing molding – Make sure there is a wide and flat area on the molding surface for shutter frame to sit on. The clearance area required on molding is listed on the table below:

Minimum Molding Size for
Mounting on Molding
L Frame1 3⁄4"
Designer Frame2 1⁄2"
Extended Frame1 3⁄4"
Slimline Frame1 1⁄8"
Mount On Molding

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Mount On Molding

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3) You are mounting beyond an existing molding –Measure the edge of molding and add the frame additions listed below. Make sure your size includes a frame overlap beyond molding as indicated in the table below:

The factory WILL NOT add the following for you. You must make the following additions yourself:

PolyClad, Solid PolyCore, Grand View Poly & Woodlore
L Frame+ 4"
Designer Frame+ 5"
Hanging Strip+ 3"
Extended Frame+ 4"
Slimline Frame+ 2.5"
Steve's Exclusive Real Wood Shutters Only
L Frame+ 2.5"
Designer Frame+ 4.5"
Hanging Strip+ 3.5"
Extended Frame+ 3.5"
Mount Beyond Molding

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Mount Beyond Molding

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Mounting Clearance

Outside Mount

There are 3 outside mounting options:

1) Mounting on Drywall – The shutter frame is mounted on the wall area surrounding the opening. There must be a flat wall area wide enough to accommodate the frame.

Minimum Flat Wall Area for Mounting on Drywall
L Frames1 3⁄4"
Designer Frame2 1⁄2"
Extended Frame1 3⁄4"
Slimline Frame1 1⁄8"

2) Mounting on Existing Molding or Trim –The shutter frame may be mounted on existing molding or trim if the trim is flat enough so that the frame can sit on it.

Minimum Molding Size for Mounting on Molding
L Frames1 3⁄4"
Designer Frame2 1⁄2"
Extended Frame1 3⁄4"
Slimline Frame1 1⁄8"

3) Mounting Beyond Molding –The shutter frame can also be mounted on the outside of the trim with a frame spacer or an extended frame. Alternatively, the trim can be removed and the shutter mounted in its place. When mounting outside, makes sure there is enough clearance around the opening for your choice of frame.

Required Clearance
PolyClad, Solid PolyCore & Grand View Poly
L Frame2 1⁄2"
Designer Frame2 1⁄2"
Slimline Frame1 1⁄4"
Required Clearance
Traditional Solid Wood Shutters - Neutrals
L Frame1 1⁄2"
Designer Frame2 1⁄4"
Hanging Strip1 1⁄2"
Required Clearance
Traditional Solid Wood Shutters - Stains
L Frame1 1⁄2"
Designer Frame1 1⁄2"

Inside Mount

For Inside Mounts there must be enough depth for the frame to sit inside of the window jambs. Z frames are highly recommended for all inside mounts. They eliminate problems associated with out of square windows and the need for caulking. Standard frames and hanging strips should only be used in the case of a window with a molding/trim border around it.

Required Clearance
PolyClad, Solid PolyCore, Grand View Poly & Woodlore
L Frame2"
Z Frame1 5⁄8"
Hanging Strip2"
Trim Z Frame1 1⁄8"
Elegance Frame1 3⁄8"
Required Clearance
Traditional Solid Wood Shutters - Neutrals
L Frame2"
Z Frame1 5⁄8"
Hanging Strip2 1⁄4"
Trim Z Frame1 1⁄8"
Elegance Frame1 3⁄8"
Required Clearance
Traditional Solid Wood Shutters - Stains
Deco Z Frame1 1⁄2"
Elegance Frame1 1⁄2"
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