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 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.
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.
Minimum Inside Mounting Depth is the minimum flat 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.
Flush Inside Mounting Depth is the flat 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.
Measure the exact width at the TOP of the window opening (rounded down to the nearest 1/8th inch) and write it down. This is the width you will order.
Please note: The roller shade's fabric width will be approximately 1 1/4" narrower than your ordered width. This is to allow for bracket placement and proper operation. If you are concerned with the resulting light gap please measure for an outside mount and adjust for coverage. The casing around your window will typically offset this deduction.
Measure the exact height from the top inside edge down to the window sill/window bottom in THREE places: left, middle, right. Take the largest/longest of the three measurements (rounded up to the nearest 1/8th inch). This is the height you will order.
Important: Do not take any deductions from your measurements, the factory will make the appropriate deductions for the proper operation of your blind or shade.
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.
Measure the width of the area you wish to cover (left to right). This width is the "tip-to-tip" size of the roller shade. The actual fabric width will be narrower than the ordered width determined by the lift type.
To cover a specific area, add the appropriate amount shown above based on your lift type to your ordered width for the desired fabric width. If space allows, provide at least 3" of fabric overlap beyond the window opening to ensure maximum light control, 1-1/2" to each side.
Important: The ordered width is the "tip-to-tip" size of the roller shade. When adding to your measured width for fabric coverage, please double check that you have the required space for mounting the roller shade.
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. The ordered height will be the total height of the entire product, including the roller tube, hem, and any options such as a cassette valance.
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.