The majority of customers who contact me to discuss their self-fit shutters do so for advice on measuring. Measuring accurately is the key to excellent fitting, so is the most important part of the process.
You can always download measuring instructions, or send me photo’s for bespoke advice, but I am happy to advise customers to make sure that measuring is completed accurately. I can also send you diagrams or photo’s indicating where to measure from and too and you can watch this measuring video.
However, here are a few of my top measuring tips for self-fit shutters:
Measure your window recess in 3 separate places, ideally both sides and middle for height and top centre and bottom for width, as many windows are not exactly square and you will need to use the smallest measurement.
Once you have measured, hold your tape measure at the height/width you intend to use and just run the tape along the window sill/down the sides. This will give you an idea of how out of level your window is and whether this is the right measurement to use.
If you are using battens with double glazed windows, measure approximately 90mm away from your window frame, as this is where the shutter frame will fit, again because measurements may vary when taken in different places in the recess.
If you use a digital measuring device sanity check it with a tape, several customers have found them to be inaccurate or wrongly calibrated.
For bay or shaped windows always send digital photo’s so that I can offer you bespoke advice, as there are so many different possibilities it is easier to help each customer on a personal basis.
Don’t be daunted by the prospect of self-fit shutters, I’ve advised a huge number of customers who have successfully measured and fitted themselves, and you can see some their testimonials and photos on my website which demonstrate just how easy it is.