Step 1: Measure the window opening

Measuring the window opening.
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Measure horizontally between the window jambs in three places: top, middle, and bottom. Measure in three places vertically as well.

Take the smallest of both sets of measurements and send them to the shutter company for custom shutters.

Tip: Use a folding rule with a sliding extension, rather than a tape measure, to get the most accurate inside measurements.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/8-inch drill bit and Phillips-head driver bit
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • folding ruler
      Folding rule
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • self-centering bit
      Self-centering bit,
      also known as a Vix bit
    • square-head bit
      Square-head screwdriver bit,
      for fastening hanging strips to window jamb

    Shopping List

    1. SHUTTERS

    in most cases, must be custom-ordered. Measure each window separately.



    2. SHIMS

    used to center and hold the shutters in the window opening while marking the hinge locations.