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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 or shade 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.
Overhead view of window depth for inside mount
Minimum Inside Mounting Depth is the minimum depth required to mount a blind or shade inside the window opening. This depth allows for enough space for the brackets to be mounted. A portion of the blind or shade may protrude from the window opening.
  • Minimum Inside Mounting Depth (Curved Cassette Valance): 1"
  • Minimum Inside Mounting Depth (Square Cassette Valance): 1"
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 or shade 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 (Curved Cassette Valance): 3 3/4"
  • Flush Inside Mounting Depth (Square Cassette Valance): 3 5/8"
Inside Mount Measuring
Inside Mount Measuring
Measure the exact window opening width, across the entire width of the opening from left to right, 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. (Ex. If your smallest measurement is 35 3/16" then order 35 1/8". If your smallest measurement 48 1/8" then order 48 1/8")
Please note: The shade's fabric width will be approximately 1 1/4" narrower than your ordered width to allow for proper operation. If you are concerned with the resulting light gap please measure for an outside mount.
Measure the exact height of the window opening, from the top of the window opening down to the window sill/window opening bottom, in THREE (3) places: left, middle, right. Take the largest/longest of the three measurements (to the nearest 1/8th inch). This is the exact height you will order. (Ex. If your largest measurement 35 3/16" then order 35 1/4". If your largest measurement 48 1/8" then order 48 1/8")
Important: Do not take any deductions from your measurements. The factory will make a 1/4" deduction off the ordered width for the finished width of the cassette valance (endcap to endcap). The shade material width for coverage will be approxiately 1 1/4" less width than the ordered width measurement. These deductions are required for the proper installation and operation of your shade. All factory cuts have a possible +/- 3/16" variance. Do not adjust your inside width measurement to negate these deductions.

Outside Mount
Outside mounted blinds are mounted to the wall or the window trim outside of the window opening and cover an area larger than the window itself. Provides greater light control and privacy. Perfect for windows that lack the required depth for an inside mount.

Outside Mount Measuring
Outside Mount Measuring
The width you order for an outside mount is the width of the cassette valance. To get the proper fabric cover, you will want to measure the width of the area you wish to cover (left to right). Then using the fabric deduction information below, find the lift type + cassette type combination that you are planning to order, and add the fabric deduction value to your measured coverage width. This will give you the actual width that you want to order to provide the correct coverage.

If space allows, make sure that your resulting fabric width will provide at least an additional 3" of fabric overlap beyond the window opening (not beyond the trim) to ensure maximum light control, 1 1/2" to each side. You may adjust the overlap to be more or less, based on your preference and the available width area for mounting. If you are mounting between two stationary objects, such as walls, then you will want the total width to be slightly less than the space available for mounting.
Outside Mount Fabric Deductions
  • Curved Cassette Valance - Fabric: 1"
  • Square Cassette Valance - Fabric: 1"
Important: When adding to your measured width for fabric coverage, please double check that you have the required space for mounting the shade's cassette valance.
Measure the height of the area you wish to cover (top to bottom). You must have the minimum flat mounting surface space above the window opening for proper bracket mounting. Provide enough overlap to the height to accomodate the mounting space and to provide ample light control overlap below the bottom of the window.
Minimum Flat Mounting Surface
  • Curved Cassette Valance: 3"
  • Square Cassette Valance: 3"
Please note: If you have a window sill that protrudes at the bottom of the window, measure your height down to the sill so the shade rests on the sill.