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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 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 box brackets for this product can be mounted to the ceiling/top, rear/wall, or side. Center support brackets (included for blinds wider than 60") are ceiling/top or wall/back 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: 1 3/4"
Inside Mount Measuring
Inside Mount Measuring
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.
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: You must provide the smallest width measurement of the opening when ordering. If your window opening has a narrower width at any other location than where you measured, then measure that width.
Important: Do not take any deductions from your measurements. The manufacturing factory will make a 3/8" (+/- 3/16" variance) deduction off the ordered width for the proper installation and operation of your blind. 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.

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

Outside Mount Measuring
Outside Mount Measuring
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.
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)
15"2 1/8"
20"2 1/4"
25"2 3/8"
30"2 1/2"
35"2 9/16"
40"2 7/16"
45"2 3/4"
50"2 7/8"
60"3 1/16"
65"3 3/16"
70"3 1/4"
75"3 7/16"
80"3 9/16"
85"3 11/16"
90"3 13/16"
96"3 15/16"