Measuring for Shutter Blinds

The easiest way to measure for your shutters is to download and print out our PDF guide and follow the steps with a pencil and a good quality metal tape measure

Before you measure

You probably already have an idea of what style and finish you want from your Shutters. As you go through our online ordering process, you will be given a series of customisable options.

Shutter recess type

Determine the best place to fit your Shutter for your style of window

Upon which style of window will your Shutter be fitted? Define your window style and select the most suitable recess type.


Outside Recess

For windows which open inwards we recommend fitting shutters outside the recess. This will allow the window to still function fully.


Inside Recess

For windows which open outwards, Sash windows or windows which have no inward opening obstruction you can fit Shutters within the recess.


No Recess

For windows with no recess, proceed to measureing - no recess, fitting over a window frame.

Shutter position

Determine where your Shutter will be positioned within the recess


If you are fitting your Shutter inside the recess, you will now need to determine where your shutter will be positioned within the recess. Mark this in pencil - this is the point you will take your measurements from

Your window recess may not be completely straight and differ in length and width – this is why we ask that you measure from the exact position your shutter will be fitted


When determining the position which your shutters will sit within the recess, remember to take into account any obstructions such as handles or leverage on outward opening windows.

Shutter frame type

Determine the best frame type for your Shutter

Your choice of frame will depend on where your Shutter will be positioned within the recess.


L Frame - Position: mid area or to the back of the recess

The most popular frame choice - If your Shutter is to be positioned at the back or in the mid area of the recess you will require an L frame.


Z Frame - Position: front of the recess

You will only require a Z frame if your shutters are to be positioned at the front of the recess.

If your Shutter is to be positioned at the front of the recess we recommend a Z frame.

Measuring for your shutters

Now that you have determined how your Shutter will be fitted, you are ready to take measurements. We at Shutters Direct will make any necessary deductions for clearance, all you have to do now is provide the exact measurements for your choice of fitting.

Measuring - inside recess

Inside recess - width

Take *3 measurements from your chosen recess position and choose the smallest width. This will be the width you use when placing your order on the website.


Inside recess - drop

Take *3 measurements from your chosen recess position and choose the smallest height. This will be the height you use when placing your order on the website.

Measuring - outside recess

If you are fitting outside of a recess you will need to add the frame width to your measurements, the frame width is 4.5cm.


Outside recess - width

Take *3 measurements from the edge of the recess and choose the largest width. To your measurement, add 4.5cm for each side of the frame (left & right frame=9cm). This will be the width you use when placing your order on the website.


Outside recess - drop

Take *3 measurements from the edge of the recess and choose the largest height. To your measurement, add 4.5cm for each frame (top & bottom frame=9cm). This will be the height you use when placing your order on the website.

Top and bottom frames are optional, bear this in mind when adding your total frame width.

Measuring for no recess, fitting over a window frame

If there is no recess and your Shutters will simply be fitted over a window frame, you will need to add the frame width to your measurements.

No recess - width

Take *3 measurements from the outside edge of your window frame and choose the largest width. To your measurement, add 4.5cm for each side of the frame (left & right frame=9cm). This will be the width you use when placing your order on the website.


No recess - drop

Take *3 measurements from the outside edge of your window frame and choose the largest height. To your measurement, add 4.5cm for each frame (top & bottom frame=9cm). This will be the height you use when placing your order on the website. Top and bottom frames are optional, bear this in mind when adding your total frame width.

Top and bottom frames are optional, bear this in mind when adding your total frame width.

Measuring for cafe style shutters

Measuring - inside recess

Inside recess - width

Take *3 measurements from your chosen recess position and choose the smallest width. This will be the width you use when placing your order on the website.


Inside recess - drop

Measure to the height you want your Café Shutter. You will enter this figure on the site, simple!

Measuring - outside recess

Outside recess - width

Take *3 measurements from the edge of the recess and choose the largest width. To your measurement, add 4.5cm for each side of the frame (left & right frame=9cm). This will be the width you use when placing your order on the website.


Outside recess - drop

Measure to the height you want your Café shutter, then add 4.5cm for the bottom frame . This will be the height you use when placing your order on the website.

Download PDF Guide