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How to Measure for Window Blinds

Posted By: Kingston Blinds Direct

Date: 30th June 2014

Category: Blinds

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Finding the right window blinds for your home can be a complicated task. Deciding between the huge array of materials, patterns and designs and of course, finding the exact right fit to ensure an effective and attractive finish requires a lot of effort – so it’s easy to see why many people are tempted to buy pre-made blinds that are about the right size to save time and money.

But once you’ve found the right style to suit your décor and taste, it’s definitely worth investing in beautiful bespoke blinds that will provide the perfect finishing touch for your room. Ill-fitting blinds can spoil the effect you were hoping to achieve, so taking a little extra care to measure up properly will ensure you are happy with your new furnishings.

What will you need?

1) Steps or a ladder that allow you to comfortably reach the top of the window frame

2) An extendable tape measure (fabric measures can stretch, so we recommend using a metal one)

3) A pen and piece of paper to keep a note of your measurements

Measuring a Recess

Depending on the shape of your window, you may be able to fit your blinds inside the window recess for a neat and tidy finish. But remember, the recess will have to be deep enough to support the brackets or track, and fit the blind inside.

First measure the width of the recess, take a measurement across the top, middle and bottom and note down the smallest measurement. Then measure the length, at each side and in the middle, and again note down the shortest measure.

It’s essential to take measurements in 3 places as some windows, especially in older homes, are not straight or level.

When you call up to order your blinds, be sure to explain that it is a recess measurement and your company should ensure that the fixtures are accounted for when your blinds are made.

Measuring a Window

If you don’t have a recess you will have to fit the blinds directly to wall above the window. Many people choose to do this anyway as it allows you to place ornaments and photo frames on the windowsill, without knocking them off when you lower the blind, and fitting them this way can actually make the window appear larger.

Again, take 3 sets of measurements in case your window isn’t level or straight, and note down the smallest length and width.

When fitting blinds fit to the outside of the window recess, it’s important to provide some overlap of the blind to stop light creeping around the edges when they are closed. Adding an additional 10cm all the way around the edge should be enough.

Kingston Blinds Direct

For any more information about measuring your window for new blinds, simply contact the team at Kingston Blinds Direct or read our handy measuriing a window guuide. We have more than 15 years of experience measuring and manufacturing tailor made blinds, so you can be sure we will be able to help you with any questions you have. Our technical support is available to help you get the most from your new blinds, so give us a call today to get started!

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