No single aspect of the window coverings impacts affects your satisfaction more than measuring. Accurate measurements are essential!
Things to Remember:
- Use a steel tape for accuracy
- Measure the exact width of the window at three different places. Use the narrowest measurement and write it down.
- Measure the exact length from the top of the window opening to the bottom sill. Use the longest measurement and write it down.
- Make all the 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 the necessary deductions and allowances.
- Double-check all measurements for accuracy.
- Blinds may be mounted inside or outside the window casing. See below for specific instructions.
The window covering will hang inside the window frame. We recommend using an inside mount whenever possible for a more tailored look. When you order, enter the exact dimensions of your window without making any allowances. The factory will take all necessary deductions for an inside mount.
- 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 dimension.
- Height: Measure the EXACT distance from the top inside edge of the frame to the bottom inside edge of the frame, again in three places. Use the longest dimension for the horizontal coverings, and the shortest for the vertical coverings.
- Window Depth: The amount of the space from the back of the window or obstruction to the windows outer edge.
- See the Sill Depth Chart below for the minimum sill depth needed for the installation and the minimum needed for the product to be flush with the front.
- 2.00″ 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, overlapping the window frame for maximum privacy and light blockage. Please note that blinds require a flat surface for mounting. If you have a casement around your window, you may mount 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 to the bottom outside edge of the frame. If there is not a window frame add at least 2″ inches on the top and bottom to minimize light leakage. The headrail on a 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.