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In this blog post we tackle how to measure window blinds in a couple of easy steps. Window blinds are a great choice for your home or office and with the number of options available you are bound to find the perfect match for you. In order to get the perfect fit, it is important to make sure you get your measurements correct. This might sound a little daunting but we promise it isn’t. All you need to do is take your time and follow the steps below!

 

What You Will Need

Before you get started, make sure you have the following items:

  • Steel measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Note Pad

Tip: When you measure window blinds it helps to make a drawing. On the drawing note the various measurements (shortest width, longest height) as well as which side you want the controls (left or right) and give your window a name.

 

Step 1: Choose Your Mount Type

Traditionally there are two ways to hang your window blinds:

  1. Inside the window frame (called INSIDE MOUNT or RECESS FIT)
  2. Outside the window frame (called OUTSIDE MOUNT or FACEFIX)

Deciding on how to mount your window blinds will depend on a number of factors:

Option 1: Inside Mount (Recess Fit)

 

Traditionally, an Inside Mount is the preferred way of hanging a custom window blind. The blind fits neatly within the window opening and creates a beautiful clean finish.

Before choosing an inside mount there are a couple of things to consider:

  1. Mounting space – check if there is enough space for the window blind and its brackets to fit. This will depend on which window blind you choose. For 25mm Venetian blinds a 45mm gap will do. For roller blinds and the larger 50mm venetian blinds you will need a 75mm gap.
  2. Obstructions – check that there are no obstructions that will prevent the window blind from opening and closing correctly i.e door hands, burglar bars, wall tiles, skirting etc.
  3. Doors – if the window blinds are hung above a door, you need to ensure that the door can still open and close without hitting the blind.

Option 2: Outside Mount (Facefix)

Outside mount is used when the blinds won’t fit inside the window frame and creates a beautiful covering that has no light gaps for ultimate privacy.

Before choosing an outside mount there are a couple of things to consider:

  1. Mounting space – check that you have at least 100mm above the window to install the window blind.
  2. Obstructions – check that there are no obstructions that will prevent the window blind from opening and closing correctly i.e door hands, burglar bars, wall tiles, skirting etc.
  3. Doors – if the window blinds are hung above a door, you need to ensure that the door can still open and close without hitting the blind.

Step 2: Measure Your Window

When you measure window blinds it is important to make sure you take your time and be as accurate as possible. Record all measurements to the nearest millimeter (mm).

  1. Measure the width – Measure inside the window frame and work from left to right and take measurements in 3 places at the top, middle, and bottom of the window.
  2. Record the narrowest width.
  3. Measure the height – Measure inside the window frame and work from top to bottom and take measurements in 3 places at the left, middle, and right of the window.
  4. Record the tallest height.

Tip: When measuring for outside mounted blinds, we recommend taking the measurements as instructed above and adding 100mm to the width and 100mm to the height.

Example:
• Original Measurements: (w)1000mm x (h)1000mm
• Outside Mount Measurements: (w)1100mm x (h)1100mm.

Please Note: This is not suitable for all cases. You need to make sure you provide measurements that work for your specific windows.

 

 

Step 3: Record Your Measurements

The final step is to record your measurements. Remember to:

  1. Make a drawing of your window;
  2. Choose your mount type: inside mount or outside mount;
  3. Record the narrowest width;
  4. Record the tallest height;
  5. Choose which side you want your controls: left or right;
  6. Give your window a name to help remember where the window blind goes.

Finally

When you measure window blinds take your time. The process isn’t hard but there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. If you are unsure about your measurements, our team will be happy to assist. Simply contact us.

Happy decorating!

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