Window FAQ: How Do You Measure for Blinds on Doors?

Mindy Schultz | 17 Aug 2013 | Measure

Measuring blinds for a door can be simple if you know what you are doing.  And that’s where we come in.  Tune in to today’s Window FAQ to learn how to get the best results when measuring blinds for doors!

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No matter what type of window treatment you choose to install over your door, you should first look to see if you have molding around the glass.

I do have window molding around my glass:

If you do have window molding, it is important to leave enough space above and below the glass to allow the blinds to operate properly.  Your mounting hardware cannot install into the glass section, so you need proper clearance for the installation on top.  You should also add a few inches to your height to allow the hold down brackets below the glass. (see below)

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How to measure the height for Wood/Faux Wood Blinds on a door:

Top: Add 2″ for installation brackets

Bottom: Add 1 1/2″ for hold down brackets (optional but recommended)

How to measure the height for Honeycomb Cellular Shades on a door:

1. Standard Pull Cord:

Top: Add 1″ for installation brackets

Bottom: Add 1 1/2″ for hold down brackets (optional but recommended)

2.  Continuous Cord Loop:

Top: Add 2″ for installation brackets

Bottom: Add 1 1/2″ for hold down brackets (optional but recommended)

3. Cordless:

Top: Add 2″ for installation brackets

Bottom: Add 1 1/2″ for hold down brackets (optional but recommended)

How to measure the width if you have window molding:

If you have nose molding (window trim that protrudes), we recommend that you measure from the outside edge to outside edge of the window trim for best results.  This tip will provide the best coverage over your window glass and will keep any un-wanted light from escaping out the sides.

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How to measure if you DO NOT have window molding around the door:

Width: Add approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ while making sure not to interfere with the door handles or locks.

Height: Add 2″ to the top and 1/2″ to the bottom for both the installation hardware and the bottom hold down brackets.

What do I do if I have a door handle that partially covers the glass?

In this situation, we recommend that you choose a lower profile product that can fit behind door handles.  A Cellular Shade, like our Blinds.com Economy Cellular Shades or a Roller/Solar Shade, like our Blinds.com Solar Roller Shades are both low profile products.

Check out the Measuring and Install Specs tab on each product to find the exact depth:

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For more information about how to measure for blinds on a door, speak with one of our many expert Design Consultants.  Call 800.505.1905 M-F 7am – 9pm and Sat/Sun 9am-5pm CST.

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