How to measure your window

No matter what type of blind you want, measuring your windows couldn't be easier. It won't take long, just follow these simple instructions.   

Before you start, there are 2 things you'll need:

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Tape Measure   Pen & Paper   
(metal)   (to write down measurements)

Tips On Measuring 

  • Always use a metal tape for accuracy, never use a fabric measuring tape.
  • Use metric measurements (in millimetres).
  • First decide whether you want the blind to fit outside the window recess or inside the recess/window frame.
  • Always measure exact window sizes. We will make allowances for any required deductions.
  • When measuring for blinds, always measure window width first, and length second.
  • If installing floor coverings (carpets, tiles, etc.) after your blinds, allow for the floor covering's thickness when measuring height of blind.
  • Measure all windows, even if they look alike. Your blinds will be made for your specific window size, so be sure that they will fit properly.
  • Double-check measurements, just to be sure. Don't be surprised if a window is not perfectly square. 

Recessed or Face Fit?

There are 2 ways to install a blind: 

Recessed 

The blind will fit inside the window recess.Also called 'Inside mount'

Face Fit

The blind will hang outside the window recess, on the wall.Also called 'Outside mount'

Before taking any measurements, step back from your window and decide if you want to mount the window treatment inside the window recess or outside on the wall (or molding). For a 'Recessed' (inside window) mount, the window opening must have enough unobstructed depth to allow mounting.

Tip: For a flush inside mount (the blind completely recessed so that no part of the blind projects out of the opening) check that you have enough depth.

Tip: We usually recommend an inside mount ('Recessed') when possible because it provides a cleaner look. 

installation_exInside.jpgMeasuring Window for Recessed Fit

  1. Measure the exact width of the recess in 3 different places (top, middle and bottom). Use the narrowest measurement and write it down.
  2. Measure the exact height from the top of the recess opening to the bottom sill in 3 different places (left side, center and right side). Use the longest measurement for all products except vertical blinds (use the shortest height for vertical blinds). Write down the appropriate measurement.
  3. Measure the recess depth to ensure adequate room for rotation, allowing for any door or window handles, etc.

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installation_exOutside.jpgMeasuring Window for Face Fit

  1. Measure the width you wish to cover in 3 different places (top, middle and bottom). Use the widest measurement and write it down. It is advisable to measure 100mm past either side of the window recess for greater privacy and light control.
  2. Measure the height you wish to cover in 3 different places (left side, center and right side). Use the longest measurement for all products except vertical blinds (use the shortest height for vertical blinds). It is advisable to measure at least 100mm below bottom of window recess, and a minimum of 70mm above top of recess. Write down the appropriate measurement.

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Special considerations for:

Vertical Blinds

  • For a sliding door (ie. Patio doors), we suggest a one-way draw with the 'bunch' on the opposite side of the door handle.
  • Most vertical blinds are installed as 'Face Fit' (outside the window recess) because they usually require at least a 110mm window recess depth. Patio door handles protrude and interfere with a 'Recess' mount. However, if you have sufficient window depth, they can be mounted inside the window recess.

Sliding Doors

  • The most common window treatment for sliding doors is vertical blinds. You can mount verticals, either within the door frame ('Recess' mount), or on the wall above the casing ('Face Fit'). We suggest that you allow 70-120mm above the door frame to mount the vertical brackets. Remember, when measuring the width for an 'Face Fit', add a minimum of 70-100mm on both sides of the window to prevent light gaps. If your door handle protrudes it could interfere with the window treatment. If necessary you can order extension brackets. These brackets add depth to the headrail, allowing the clearance for the obstructing door handle.
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