Measuring for an Outside Mount

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WHAT IS AN OUTSIDE MOUNT (FACE FIT) PLANTATION SHUTTER?

An outside mounted shutter is when the shutter is affixed to the outside face of your window architrave. An outside mount uses an L-frame, and can be fitted to almost any type of architrave or directly onto the wall.

Measuring for an outside mount will vary slightly depending on the style of your window. Once you have identified your window type, you may follow the below instructions for measuring.

Windows are rarely perfectly square and there will be some variation in your measurements. Do not take any deductions, we will figure this out for you during manufacturing process.

Measuring Outside Mount for a Square Set Window

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A square set  is a window without an architrave. For a square set window, you will be fitting your shutters around the window. Measure from the edges of the inside of the window (as if measuring for an inside mount). Our system will then make the necessary adjustments to allow your frame to fit around the window.

  • 1. Measure the drop of the inside of your window - bottom to top - in three difference places;
  • 2. Measure the width of the inside of your window - left to right - in three difference places;
    • 3. Compare your measurements and select the largest of the three.

Measuring Outside Mount for a Window with an Architrave

If your window has an architrave, your shutters will generally be measured to include the architrave. Measurement should start and finish at the edge of the architrave.

Depending on the type of architrave, point of measurement may vary slightly. First, you will need to identify the style of architrave. Once you have identified your architrave, you can follow the measuring process. 

 

Measuring Outside Mount with a Bullnose Architrave

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Measuring for an outside mount to a Bullnose Architrave is straightforward, as the frame will be fixed to the flat surface of the architrave. Your measurements should start and finish at the edge of the architrave.

  • 1. Measure the drop of your window for the edge of your architrave - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width of your window from the edge of the architrave - left to right -in three different places;
  • 3. Compare your measurements and select the largest of the three.

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Measuring Outside Mount for a Window with a Square Architrave

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Measuring for an outside mount to a Square Architrave is straightforward, as the shutter will be fixed to the flat surface of the architrave.

Your measurements should start and finish at the edge of the architrave.

  • 1. Measure the drop from the edge of your architrave - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width from the edge to edge of your architrave - left to right - in three different places;
  • 3. Compare measurements and select the largest of the three.

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Measuring Outside Mount for a Window with a Decorative Architrave

Outside Mount Decorative with sash Architrave

A decorative architrave may have bumps and curves, but will generally have a flat surface for mounting your frame. If your decorative architrave has a flat surface at its outer edge, you will measure as any other architrave - start and finish at the edge of the architrave.

  • 1. Measure the drop from the edge of your architrave - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width from the edge to edge of your architrave - left to right - in three different places;
  • 3. Compare measurements and select the largest of the three.

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Some architraves won't have a straightforward flat surface at its edge. If this is the case for your window, please see our in-depth article on Measuring for Decorative Architraves.

MEASURING OUTSIDE MOUNT FOR A square set window

When measuring outside mount for a square set window, you will be measuring from wall to wall. Our system will automatically add 76mm to the width and height of your window. The added measurement acts as an artificial architrave and ensures that the frame will sit firmly on the outside of your window. 

  • 1. Measure the height of your window - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width of your window - left to right - in three different places;
  • 3. Compare your measurements and select the largest of the three.

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Measuring Outside Mount for a Window with a Sill

MEASURING OUTSIDE MOUNT FOR A square set WINDOW WITH A SILL

When measuring outside mount for a square set window with a sill, your height measurement should start at the top of the window sill. Our system will add 76mm to the width and 38mm to the height of your measurement. The added measurement acts as an artificial architrave and ensures that the frame will sit firmly on the outside of your window.

  • 1. Measure the height of your window - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width of your window - left to right - in three different places;
  • 3. Compare your measurements and select the largest of the three.

Outside with sill

Measuring Outside Mount for a Window with a Sill and Architrave

When measuring outside mount for a window with a sill and architrave, your height measurement should begin at the top of the window sill and end at the edge of the architrave.

  • 1. Measure the drop of your window - bottom to top - in three different places;
  • 2. Measure the width of your window - left to right - in three different places;
  • 3. Compare your measurements and select the largest of the three.

Outside architrave with sill

Measuring is a critical part of the Design Process. Once your order has been processed, we will always call you before finalising to ensure measurements are accurate. If you're confused or have any questions about measuring, please send us and e-mail or give us a call. One of our team would be happy help out! 

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Gil Baker
By: Gil Baker Published: 09 Feb 2018