Safe and Secure!

SSL Secure CheckoutShopping is Safe at AwardBlinds. We use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to protect your information.

No Processing Fees!

No Added FeesAt AwardBlinds we don't tack on extra fees like our competitors do. We give you the best prices without any surprises.

Privacy Matters!

Your Privacy MattersAt AwardBlinds, we respect your privacy. We won't rent or sell your personal information to anyone.

Measuring your windows for blinds and shades is easy and we provide these measuring instructions to help make it even easier for you. If you have any questions regarding how to measure properly for our products then please contact us.

Important rules to follow while measuring your windows:

  • Always use a steel measuring tape for accuracy.
  • Write down WIDTH first then HEIGHT. Do not list them out of order.
  • Measure ALL of your windows, even if they appear to be the same size.
  • Never measure an existing blind/shade for your measurements.

There are two mount types to consider, Inside Mount and Outside Mount. Please note that mounting onto a door is considered an outside mount.

Inside Mount
Inside mounted blinds and shades are mounted within the window frame providing a clean, custom look. A great way to leave an attractive window trim exposed. Please note that if your mounting space is restricted in width or it is between two stationary objects then that is most likely also considered an inside mount because the inside mount deduction may be required for the product to fit.

Inside Mounting Depth
To properly mount a blind inside the window's frame, your frame must be deep enough to accommodate the mounting brackets. If the depth of your window's frame is not equal to or greater than the minimum mounting depth, you will need to measure for an outside mount and mount your product outside the window frame. The mounting depth must be unobstructed and flat for mounting the brackets. The brackets for this product can be side mount, ceiling/top mount, or rear/wall mount. Center support brackets (included for blinds wider than 49") are ceiling/top mount or rear/wall mount only.
Overhead view of window depth for inside mount
Minimum Inside Mounting Depth is the minimum depth required to mount a blind inside the window opening. This depth allows for enough flat space for the brackets to be mounted. A portion of the blind and the brackets may protrude from the window opening.
  • Minimum Inside Mounting Depth: 3/4"
Flush Inside Mounting Depth is the depth required to mount a blind so that it is fully recessed inside the window casing and no portion of the blind protrudes from the window frame. Obstructions such as window cranks, handles and other items inside the window opening must be factored into your depth measurement.
  • Flush Inside Mounting Depth: 3 1/2"
Inside Mount Measuring
Inside Mount Measuring
Width
Measure the exact window opening width in at least THREE (3) places: top, middle, and bottom. Take the smallest/narrowest of the 3 measurements (to the nearest 1/8th inch) and write it down. This is the exact width you will order. Do not take any deductions from your measurement.
Height
Measure the exact height of the window opening in THREE places: left, middle, right. The height should be measured from the top of the opening down to the bottom of the opening or window sill. Take the largest/longest of the three measurements (to the nearest 1/8th inch). This is the exact height you will order.
Important: Do not take any deductions from your measurements. The manufacturing factory will make a 1/2" (+/- 1/8" variance) deduction off the ordered width for the proper installation and operation of your shade. Do not increase the measured width to reduce the manufacturer deduction.
Check for Window Square
Window Square Measuring
Measure the window opening on the diagonal from corner to corner. First from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and then from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. If the two measurements differ by more than a 1/2" then it is recommended that you switch to an outside mount.
Please note: When measuring, do not be surprised if your windows are not exactly square, many aren't. If they are a little out of square, it will probably not be noticeable.
Valance Side Returns
Inside Mount blinds have two valance side return options: No Side Returns (Flush Inside Mount) and 1 1/4" Side Returns.
No Side Returns (Flush Inside Mount)
If your window depth (measured above) is greater than or equal to the "Flush Inside Mounting Depth" then you can choose this option. The valance will be made to a width of 1/8" less than your window opening ordered width. The blind will be mounted so that the valance is inside the window opening, either flush with the outside wall/trim or inset inside the opening if you have excess depth and prefer the appearance.
1 1/4" Side Returns
If your window depth (measured above) is not deep enough for a flush inside mount or you want to mount the blind at the front edge of the window opening then we recommend that you select this option. The valance will be made approximately 1 3/4" wider than the ordered width to accommodate the side returns. The side returns will provide a finished look covering the sides and running back towards the wall or trim.
Common Valance
If you are mounting multiple blinds into one window opening then you can choose to have one shared common valance that covers the headrails of all of the blinds. To measure for the valance width simply measure the exact width of the window opening at the top. This is the exact width you will enter for the Valance Width. The factory will then make the appropriate size adjustments based on the valance side returns option you selected.
Please note: Finished valance sizes over 96" wide will be center spliced (miter-cut) to avoid oversize shipping charges. The miter-cut will allow the valance sections to connect for a more seamless appearance than a straight cut.

Outside Mount
Outside mounted blinds are mounted to the wall, ceiling, or the window trim/molding outside of the window opening and are measured to cover an area larger than the window itself. Outside mounts can provide better light control and privacy, depending on the amount of overlap provided when measuring. Perfect for windows that lack the required depth for an inside mount.

Outside Mount Measuring
Outside Mount Measuring
Width
Measure the width of the area you wish to cover (left to right). We recommend that you provide at least 3" of total overlap wider than the window opening to ensure maximum light control, 1 1/2" on each side. This is the exact width you will order. No deductions will be taken by the factory. Valance will be approx 2 1/4" wider than the headrail.
Height
Measure the height of the area you wish to cover (top to bottom). You must have the required minimum flat mounting surface above the window opening for proper bracket mounting, this space is part of your overall ordered height measurement. Your height measurement must provide enough overlap to accomodate the required mounting bracket space and to provide ample light control overlap below the bottom of the window or to a the window sill.
  • Minimum Flat Mounting Surface: 2 1/4"
Please note: If you have a window sill that protrudes at the bottom of the window, adjust your height measurement so the blind rests on the sill.
Stacking Height
Outside Mount Stacking Height
To get an unobstructed view when your blind is raised/open you may choose to mount your blind higher so the stack is raised above the window opening. To accomplish this, you will need to adjust your outside mount height measurement. Please refer to the table below for approximate product stacking heights and add to your height measurement for the desired stack clearance.
Ordered HeightStack Height (approximate)
30"5 1/4"
36"5 3/4"
42"6 1/4"
48"6 3/4"
54"7 1/4"
60"7 3/4"
66"8 1/4"
72"8 3/4"
Common Valance
If you are mounting multiple blinds to cover one window opening then you can choose to have one shared common valance that covers the headrails of all of the blinds. To measure for the valance width simply measure the exact total width of the area that you are covering (from the outside edge of the left blind to the outside edge of the right blind). This is the exact width you will enter for the Valance Width. The factory will then make the appropriate size adjustments based on the valance side returns option you selected.
Measuring note: When measuring for multiple blinds to cover a total area please measure to allow for a minimum gap of 1/4" between each blind for proper operation. For example: If the total outside mount width you want to cover is 84" and you want three blinds to cover this area order the blinds as 27 7/8", 27 3/4", 27 7/8". This will provide a 1/4" gap between each blind for proper operation. For clarification we are deducting 1/8" off the side of each blind that butts-up to another blind which takes 1/8" off the left blind, 1/4" off the middle blind (it butts-up to two blinds), and 1/8" off the right blind. The shared common valance width would be entered as 84". The total valance width will be adjusted by the factory to be 2 1/4" wider than the ordered width, to accomodate the outside mount 3 1/2" side returns.
Please note: Finished valance sizes over 96" wide will be center spliced (miter-cut) to avoid oversize shipping charges. The miter-cut will allow the valance sections to connect for a more seamless appearance than a straight cut.