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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 flat depth required, at the top of the opening, to mount a blind or shade inside the window opening. This depth allows for enough space for the brackets to be mounted. Brackets are top/ceiling mount only. A portion of the blind or shade may protrude from the window opening.
  • Minimum Inside Mounting Depth: 2"
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.
  • Flush Inside Mounting Depth (No Valance): 3 3/4"
  • Flush Inside Mounting Depth (Square Corner Valance): 4 1/2"
  • Flush Inside Mounting Depth (Round Corner Valance): 4 1/2"
Inside Mount Measuring
Inside Mount Measuring
Measure the exact width of the inside of the window opening, across the TOP only (to the nearest 1/8th inch). Write down this measurement. 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 inside edge of the opening down to the bottom of the opening or window sill. Take the smallest/shortest of the three measurements (to the nearest 1/8th inch). This is the exact height you will order. Do not take any deductions from your measurement.
Important: Do not take any deductions from your measurements. The manufacturing factory will make a 1/2" (+/- 3/16" variance) deduction off the ordered width and ordered height for the proper installation and operation of your blind. Do not increase the measured width to reduce the manufacturer deduction.

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
Measure the width of the area you wish to cover (left to right). If possible, make sure that the width measurement for the area that you are covering provides at least 3" of overlap over the actual window opening, 1 1/2" on each side. This will allow for ample coverage, and to ensure maximum light control, over the window opening. If the area you are measuring does not provide enough overlap over the window opening, then add to the measured width to provide at least 3" of overlap total, 1 1/2" per side, provide the mounting space allows for the additional width. This exact width will be your ordered width. No deductions will be taken by the factory. The valance (if ordered) will be wider than the headrail/track.
Measure the height of the area you wish to cover (top to bottom). It is recommended to allow for at least 3" above the window opening in your height measurement for mounting the track and valance (if ordered). If you do not have 3" of space above the window opening, then you must have at least the minimum flat mounting surface space above the window opening for proper bracket mounting. In addition to the overlap adjustment above the window, make sure to provide ample light control overlap below the bottom of the window, as your space allows.
  • Minimum Flat Mounting Surface (Brackets/Required): 1 3/4"
Important: If the vertical blind extends to the floor (ex. on a sliding patio door) or if it is being mounted over a window with a window sill that protrudes at the bottom, then deduct 1/2" from the height so the vertical vanes have proper clearance for operation.
Important: If you are mounting onto trim that surrounds your window opening, you can measure the exact width and height of the trim, outside edge to outside edge (make sure the trim provides at least 1 1/2" of coverage overlap per side, beyond the window opening). Provide additional overlap to the width and height of your measurement if you want to have extra coverage beyond your trim. Your trim must provide the minimum flat mounting surface as stated above.
Important: Make sure your ordered measurement provides coverage over the entire area that you want to cover and that you have room for the ordered width and height to fit within your available space.
Stacking Height
Outside Mount Stacking Height
To preserve your view, you may choose to have your blind or shade stack completely off the window when it is fully openned. To do this, you will need to add to the outside mount width measurement. Please refer to the following link for approximate product stacking area: Vistec Track