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Window Blinds Measuring Guide

16th Sep 2015

A Quick Measuring Guide For Window Blinds: Getting the Right Size of Window Blinds for your Home/Office

Choice and variety have become so important in today’s society that it’d be hard to imagine just having two items to choose from. These days, you’d have a laundry list of a number of items to choose from, whether it’s the type of coffee, to the type of milk and so on and so forth.

The same thing applies when it comes to window treatments. Though, before you even think of choosing one, you’ll want to know the exact measurements of your windows first.

After all, you wouldn’t want to buy window blinds and other window treatments that do not fit well in them, right?

Measuring Your Windows

Getting into the specifics of measuring windows can lead to quite the lengthy discussion, mainly because each window is different from another. The good thing, though, is each window is slightly similar to one another as well.

For example, not all windows are perfectly square. In fact, it would be quite rare to find one that is. That’s a very useful bit of information to keep in mind when measuring your windows.

Speaking of bits of information, here are a few things to take note of.

  • Use a steel measuring tape and, to make things as accurate as possible, measure down to the nearest possible eighth of an inch.
  • Again, do not be surprised that the windows are not a perfect square.
  • Measure every window, even those that look like they are of the same size.
  • Decide if whether you want to go for an inside mount or an outside mount. The former is usually preferred as it typically looks neater and the latter is a better option if the openings of the windows are too shallow or if the windows just aren’t square enough.

If you’re measuring your windows for an INSIDE MOUNT, be sure to keep these in mind.

  • Factors automatically deduct about less than half of an inch from their products so that they don’t rub against the sides of the windows they’re installed in. As such, it’s important to make sure that you provide the EXACT DETAILS of your windows, no more and definitely, not any less.
  • Make sure to measure the width in three places: the top, middle and the bottom. Use the NARROWEST measurement when providing details.
  • Do the same for the height, but instead of the NARROWEST, use the TALLEST measurement. However, this doesn’t always apply as it’s best to use the shortest measurement for privacy sheer blinds.

Here are a few tips to remember for those measuring for OUTSIDE MOUNT.

  • Factories will make your product the exact same size that you provide them with, so be sure to provide the exact width and exact height.
  • Don’t forget to include room for the mounting brackets in your measurements. They’re usually about 2-1/2” tall.
  • Adding a few inches on the top, bottom, as well as the sides wouldn’t hurt as well. Doing so helps block out more light and a bit more privacy.
  • Obstructions such as deadbolts and/or doorknobs should ALWAYS be considered.

Measuring windows aren’t easy and hopefully, these tips have helped you a bit in that regard.