How to measure for blinds
How do you measure up for blinds?
The following guide provides general measuring advice for all the DIY blinds product we offer. However, if you have a specific blind product in mind, we would recommend viewing its dedicated ‘How to measure for…’ guide as well.
Correct measuring is the key to easy, hassle-free installation. So, it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
Before we get started on the guide, you’ll need a metal tape measure, a pencil and paper, and a sturdy step ladder if you need to get to high places.
Recess fit blinds
Recess fitting is where the blind fits inside the window frame. To measure for a recess fitting blind, measure the width of the inside of your window (in millimetres) across the top, middle and bottom of the frame and record the smallest measurement to provide. This will ensure the blind sits comfortably inside the window frame width. Please note, this measurement allows for both the blind fabric and the fitting brackets.
Next, measure the exact height of the window recess. Again take three measurements – the left, middle and right and record the smallest measurement to provide. As before, this will ensure the blind sits comfortably inside the recess height.
Please note, we make a small deduction to the width of all recess-fitted blinds. This is to ensure the blind sits as snuggly as possible inside your recess. So, there’s no need to make any of your own deductions before you place an order.
Face fit blinds
Face fitting is where the blind sits outside the window frame recess (essentially covering the frame itself). It’s important to note the measurements for the width of a face-fitting blind will be from bracket-to-bracket.
To measure for face fitting blinds, measure the outside width of the window, recording the exact width you want your blind manufactured at. For windows with architraves, we recommend measuring to the outer edge of the frame on each side. For frameless windows, we suggest extending about 50mm past the recess edges on each side (as per the visual below).
Next measure the outside height of the window, starting from the point at which you’d like your blind to sit above the window, down to the point at which you’d like your blind to finish.
Once you’ve recorded your measurements, head to the relevant product page’s ‘Customise & Order’ area to enter your details and complete your order. Then, after just a few weeks, we’ll send your fabulous new custom-fit blinds to your door.
If you’re in any way unsure of how to proceed with measuring, please get in touch with our team by phone or email and we’ll be happy to provide specific advice.