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How to Measure Windows for Blinds: 5 Simple Steps

If you're looking into purchasing blinds, the first step you'll need to tackle is measuring your windows accurately. This might sound daunting, but with our easy-to-follow guide, you'll have all the measurements you need for a perfect fit! Here's how to measure your windows for blinds in five simple steps.

Understanding Window Measurements

Importance of Accurate Measurements for Blinds

Proper measurements are crucial for blind installation; they ensure your blinds fit seamlessly, providing optimal light control and privacy. Incorrect measurements can result in blinds that don't cover the window sufficiently, allowing light leaks that can undermine the purpose of having blinds in the first place.

Different Types of Window Configurations and Blind Installations

Windows can be outfitted with blinds installed inside the recess (inside mount) or on the wall around the window (outside mount), and each setup requires different measurement methods and offers a distinct look. Inside mounts are sleek and minimalistic, while outside mounts can make a window appear larger and hide imperfect frame edges.

Preparation for Measuring Windows

Gathering Necessary Tools and Materials

To measure your windows, you'll need a metal tape measure for accuracy, a notepad for recording measurements, and a pencil. A metal tape measure is preferred over cloth measuring tapes, which can stretch and give inaccurate readings.

Clearing and Preparing the Window Area

Before you measure, clear the window area. Remove any existing blinds or curtains and any objects on the sill. This ensures you have full access to the window for precise measurements.

Safety Precautions to Take Before Measuring

When measuring windows, particularly those high up, safety is key: if you're using a step ladder, make sure it is stable and securely placed. Always focus on your safety to prevent accidents.

Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Windows for Blinds

man smiling measuring window for blinds

Step 1: Measure Window Width

Measure the width inside the window frame at three different points: the top, middle, and bottom. Record the narrowest width. This is crucial for inside mounts to ensure the blinds can operate smoothly without scraping the sides of the window frame.

Step 2: Measure Window Height

Measure the height at three points: the left side, middle, and right side of the window. Again, use the smallest measurement for the height to avoid the blinds being too long or too short.

Step 3: Measure Window Depth (Inside Mount)

For inside mounts, it’s important to check the depth of the window frame to make sure there’s enough space for the blinds to fit. Measure from the front of the window frame to the glass.

Step 4: Determine Mounting Preference (Inside Mount vs. Outside Mount)

Next, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer the blinds to sit inside the window recess or extend across the wall - remember that this decision will impact the final look and feel of your room, as well as the measurements you take.

Step 5: Double-Check Measurements and Record

As always, make sure to double-check your measurements for any errors - accurate recording prevents order mistakes and ensures that your blinds will fit perfectly.

Tips for Accurate Measurements

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Importance of Double-Checking

The old carpentry rule of "measure twice, cut once" is vital in measuring for blinds. Mistakes can be costly, so ensure your measurements are correct before ordering.

Dealing with Non-Standard Window Shapes or Obstructions

If your windows are not standard rectangles, or if there are obstacles like window handles, it's a good idea to consult with a professional. They can provide guidance or take the measurements to ensure accuracy.

Seeking Professional Assistance for Complex Installations

For large or complex installations, hiring a professional can save time and guarantee that your blinds are installed correctly.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, accurate window measurements are the foundation for perfectly fitted blinds, so you’ll want to make sure you get it right! At Smart Blinds, we offer a wide range of high-quality motorised blinds that provide convenience and elegance, so feel free to take at our range to explore our options. And once you’ve equipped yourself with the right measurements, you can elevate your home with blinds that perfectly match your style and needs.

Remember, precise measurements translate to stylish and functional blinds that enhance the beauty and comfort of your space. Happy measuring!

published on April 21, 2024

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