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      HOW TO MEASURE

      If you’re thinking of adding window coverings to your home, you’ll need to measure to make sure they’ll fit perfectly. Different types of coverings are available including inside and outside mounted blinds and are measured differently. We’ll show you how to properly measure windows for blinds and make sure that they’re a perfect fit.

      Skill Level: Beginner

      Time: 15-20 minutes

      There are 3 steps to completing this project:

      1. Step 1: Decide between Inside or Outside Mount
      2. Step 2: Measuring for Inside Mount Blinds
      3. Step 3: Measuring for Outside Mount Blinds

      Tools You Will Need

      1. Tape Measure
      2. Step Ladders

      measuring guide

      Decide between Inside or Outside Mount

      First, you’ll need to decide whether you want inside mount or outside mount blinds

      Inside mount blinds, as the name suggests, mount inside your window frame, while outside mount blinds mount outside or over the window frame. 

      If the depth of your window is shallow, you may need to use outside mount blinds as there may not be room to mount them inside. Inside mount blinds will give you the cleanest look overall, while outside mount blinds offer more variety, as the window frame size doesn’t matter when choosing them. 

      What is Inside Mount:

      Inside mount refers to the installing window blind inside of the window frame which offers a clean and clutter-free aesthetic. When your window frame has a deep window sill, installing the blinds or shades inside the frames will maintain the functionality of the sills.

      • The most common method of mounting.
      •  If beauty is your major concern, then inside mounting is always preferred which can create a classy smooth look for the windows while creating a visual effect and architectural interest for your area.
      • The brackets that hold the shade are screwed into the inside top of the frame.
      • A minimum of 2″ of flat surface is necessary for mounting the brackets.
      • The measuring process is simple and straightforward. Follow the instructions below to get the right measurements.

      But inside mounted blinds can create some issues as well, like – they can obstruct some of the outside views when fully opened or can allow light gaps through the edges of the window frame. If your window frame is not deep enough for mounting, you should consider the outside mount below.

      What is Outside Mount:

      • Typically used when there is not enough frame depth for the inside mount.
      • Opting for this mounting procedure for your deep windows will help you to get various advantages, such as total light blockage, maximum privacy, no light gaps, and also make your windows look bigger while making the indoor spacious and airy.
      • The brackets that hold the shade are screwed into the trim above the window frame or the wall above the trim.
      • A minimum of 2 of flat surface is necessary for mounting the brackets.

      Measuring for Inside Mount Blinds

      For inside mount blinds, we need to measure the exact window opening – for example, from the inside-left of the window frame to the inside-right, and from the inside-top to the bottom/sill.


      STEP 1: Measuring the width:

      • Measure the width in 3 places – near the top of the window, near the middle of the window, and near the bottom of the window.
      • For each measurement, round down to the nearest 1/8″.
      • Provide us with the smallest of the 3 measurements.

      STEP 2: Measuring the height:

      • Measure the height in 3 places – near the left side of the window, near the middle of the window, and near the right side of the window.
      • For each measurement, round each measurement up to the nearest 1/8″.
      • Provide us with the largest of the 3 measurements.

      These two measurements along with your window depth will give you the exact measurements for your inside mounted window covering. 

      IMPORTANT: 

      • The minimum window frame depth required for an inside mount is 60mm or 2 3/4″. Make sure your window has enough depth to meet the requirements. 
    • Do not make any adjustments or take any deductions. Using your exact measurements and our expertise, we will build your shade to fit just right.
    • When you specify the inside mount, the factory will make your blind slightly narrower than you specified to allow for operating clearance. They will deduct 1/8" from the width on each side. The deductions are made so that the blind will not rub or scratch your window frame. 

    • Measuring for Outside Mount Blinds

      Measuring for outside mount window coverings is a bit easier. Simply measure the height and width of your window frame to the outer edges. Consider adding 3-inches to your width measurement, which will allow your blinds to extend past the window a bit farther and block more light. You’ll also need to allow about 2-inches above your window frame for any required brackets. 


      STEP 1: Measuring the width:

      • Measure the opening width in 3 places – near the top of the window, near the middle of the window, and near the bottom of the window.
        • TIPS: If there is room, add at least 3" to each side of the window opening for minimum light gap coverage and maximum privacy.
      • For each measurement, round up to the nearest 1/8″.
      • Provide us with the largest of the 3 measurements.

      STEP 2: Measuring the height:

      • Measure the height in 3 places – near the left side of the window, near the middle of the window, and near the right side of the window.
        • TIPS: Add a minimum of 2" in height to allow space for mounting brackets above the opening plus enough overlap for the bottom.
      • For each measurement, round up to the nearest 1/8″.
      • Provide us with the largest of the 3 measurements.

      IMPORTANT:

    • Do not make any adjustments or take any deductions.
      • The width you give us will be the exact width that we make your fabric.  (NOTE: Due to the end caps on the headrail, it will be just slightly wider than the fabric.)
      • The height you give us will be the exact height of the shade, from the top of the headrail to the bottom of the bottom rail.

      TIPS: 

      • If you specify an outside mount, we will not take any size deductions - your blind will be made at the exact size you specify (+/- 1/8"). 
      • After determining the measurements that you want the blind to be, hold the tape measure up to your window and visualize what the overall size will look like on that window before proceeding.
      • When measuring, don't be surprised if your windows aren't square - many aren't. If they're a little out of square, it probably won't be noticeable. If your window is insignificantly square, you might want to consider an Outside Mount to hide the window.