Measuring for Horizontal Blinds
Things to Remember:
- Use a steel tape for accuracy.
- Measure the exact width of the window at 3 different places. Use the narrowest
measurement and write it down.
- Measure the exact length from top of window opening to bottom sill. Use the
shortest measurement and write it down
- Make all measurements to the nearest 1/8 inch.
NOTE: All measurements should come from measuring the window. If you
measure your existing blinds, the measurements will be incorrect.
Do not take your own deductions. The factory will take necessary deductions
- Double check all measurements.
- Blinds may be mounted inside or outside the window casing. See below for specific
- Vertical Blinds require special measuring considerations which are outlined
The window covering will hang inside the window frame. We recommend an inside
whenever possible for a neater look. When you order, enter the exact dimensions
your window without making any allowances. The factory will take all necessary
deductions for inside mounts.
Width: Measure the EXACT distance across the
window from the inside edge of the frame to the opposite
inside edge in three places. Use the narrowest
Height: Measure the EXACT distance from the top inside
edge of the frame to the bottom inside edge of the frame
in three places. Use the longest dimension for
horizontal coverings, and the shortest for vertical
Window Depth: The amount of space from the back of the window or obstruction to the windows outer edge.
1.50" for 1" and 1/2" Mini Blinds, 3/8" Honeycomb Shades
and Pleated Shades
2.25" for 1" Wood Blinds and 3/4" Honeycomb Shades
3.00" for 2" Aluminum Blinds and 2" Wood blinds
4.75" for Vertical Blinds
The window covering will hang outside the actual window frame, over lapping
window frame for maximum privacy and light blockage. Please note that blinds
flat surface for mounting. If you have a casement around your window, you
the headrail directly on the casement, but not on the wall outside of it.
In order to
make the width of the blind extend beyond the width of the casement, it is
necessary to mount the headrail above the casement.
- Width: Measure the desired width. To minimize light leakage the shade should
overlap the window opening by at least 2" on each side and at the bottom.
- Height: Measure the distance from the top outside edge of the window frame
bottom outside edge of the frame. If there is not a window frame add at least
inches on the top and the bottom to minimize light leakage. The headrail on
wood or faux wood 2" blind is about 2 1/2" high.
- Leave room for the mounting brackets, which are about 2-1/2" tall
- For Vertical Blinds see our Vertical instructions