How to Measure Windows for Square Feet

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

  • Paper and pencil

  • Calculator

Calculate the square footage of a window in just a few steps.

Measuring the square footage of windows can be useful in custom window installations or when determining the amount of add-on materials, like solar-blocking films, that are necessary to coat the windows. You can do the job quickly with just a few simple tools and calculations.


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Step 1

Stretch a tape measure across the bottom of the window glass. Record the measurement in inches.

Step 2

Stretch the tape from bottom to top. Record the measurement in inches.

Step 3

Multiply the two numbers together. Divide the result by 144 to get the resulting square foot measurement.


If you need to measure multiple windows, record and add together all the results for the total square footage of all the windows.



Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.