May
11

Measuring your windows for new blinds

Whether you are buying made to measure or standard sized blinds, it is important to get the size of your window right in order to make the most of your new blinds.  Where you should measure your window depends on the type of blinds you are buying.  There are two options:

Inside the window recess

You should measure your window in this way if you are buying blinds which you want to sit inside the window recess, such as roller blinds, vertical blinds or venetian blinds.  Measuring is quite simple: You should always measure the width of your window recess in three places, and use the smallest measurement. You should then measure the drop in the same way.

Outside of the window recess

You should measure your window in this way if you are buying blinds which you want to overlap the edge of your window recess.  Blinds that sit outside the window recess may include roman blinds, venetian blinds and roller blinds.  Before measuring your window, you need to decide how much overlap you want on each side of the window.  The majority of people choose around 6-7 centimetres, although this is entirely down to your preference.  Additionally, the roller mechanism will need to be far enough above the top of the window recess so that the blind doesn’t cover too much of the window when it is rolled up.  You should then measure the size of your window recess in the same way as the above, and add on the size of the overlap (ensure that you add two sides of overlap on to each measurement) to both the width and the drop.

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