How to Measure for Blinds and Shades


When it comes to custom window coverings, One of the most important steps is to properly measure your windows blinds dot com gives you a few options to get the job done right. If you're looking for a professional to complete the measuring for you, we offer a convenient and affordable service. On the other hand, if you're more of a do it yourself, we can show you how to get the perfect measurements. It's quick and easy. You just have to follow a few simple steps so let's take a look at how to measure your standard rectangular windows. Keep in mind this is a general overview and we urge you to view the measuring guide for your measuring help from one of our expert window decorators. Before we start here are some critical points to keep in mind. Always use a steel measuring tape. It is essential to getting precise accurate measurements. You'll notice your tape measure is divided into inches represented by the longest lines and the big bold numbers. It's then divided into fractions of an half, quarter eighth and 16th. The smaller the fraction the short of the line will be. You'll measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch as represented by the fourth longest lines on the tape measure. If the size falls on 1/16 marker, smaller round down to the nearest 1/8. If you're not sure what your measurement is. Count the tick marks after the last number and use this chart, make sure to record your measurements as you go. First record the with measurement. Second, record the height. We suggest using our handy measuring sheet which gives you measuring tips as well as space to record your measurements. Got it? Great! Let's get measuring. First, You need to know whether you're going to mount your window covering inside the window opening or outside on the wall. Let's start with inside mount since it's the most traditional way to hang blinds and shades and the one we recommend. In most cases for inside mount, you should always record the exact window opening size. Taking no deductions from your measurements. Your window covering will be made to fit snugly in the window step one ensuring proper depth. Start by making sure your window has enough depth to accommodate the product you're interested in. You can find minimum mounting depth under the mounting requirements section of any product page. Also check to be sure there aren't any obstructions in the window opening that may get in the way of an inside mount. If your window isn't deep enough or there are obstructions. You should consider another product or you'll need an outside mount if you'd like help selecting an alternative product that fits your depth. Give us a call at 1-805-051-905. And one of our window covering experts will quickly help step to measuring with to get your windows with, you'll always measure from edge to edge inside the window frame at the location you plan to mount your installation brackets. Here's how to accurately measure inside your window frame. Look at the back of your tape measure and find the measurement listed. This is the exact size of your tape measure housing. Place the metal end of the tape on one side of the window and rest the end of the housing on the other side. Note the measurement and then add the number on the back of your tape measure. If you're considering a roller shade solar shade, sheer shade or a vertical blind measure with at the top of the window only for all other blinds and shades. Take top, middle and bottom measurements and record the narrowest of the three as your measurement. One thing to note about roller shades, solar shades. If you inside mount any of these products, there will be light up to one half inch on each side of the shade because of the products hardware. To eliminate light gaps, add light gap blockers to your order. These are adhesive strips that attach to your window and completely block any light gaps. Alternatively, you may want to consider an outside mount for these products to fully cover your window. Step three measuring height for height just like with you'll always measure from edge to edge inside the frame at the spot. You plan to mount your installation brackets, measure the height in three locations Left, center and right. If your product is a roller shade, a solar shade, a sheer shade or a vertical blind, use the shortest of the three measurements for all other blinds and shades use the longest and that's it. You're done measuring for an inside mount. Let's see how to measure an outside mount for this type of mount. Instead of fitting your product into the window opening, it's more about the size you want your window covering to be making sure that your side exceeds the window opening by at least 2" on all sides. Your product will be made to the exact measurements you specify. This gives you a little more freedom to choose your size, but you should bear in mind a few considerations for one, you should include additional height for the mounting brackets which are up to 2.5 inches tall.

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