Modern shades and blinds must fit precisely to a window’s measurements only if they are installed inside the window frame or opening. This is called an inside mount. If the shades are installed outside of the window opening — called an outside mount — the shades typically are wider than the window by a few inches and can also be longer than the window. Each method of mounting has its own set of considerations and measurement procedures.
What is the recommended length of blinds?
In most cases it is OK if your length (height) is longer than the window. For example if you are inside mounting and your blind height is a couple inches longer, the extra height would just stack and not cause any issues. For some treatments like Zebra Sheer Shades, however, it is important that the height ordered is the exact height of the window opening, as they are designed to have the stripes align to close when lowered to the sill. A different height in this case can cause mis-aligned stripes. Lastly, if you are doing outside mounts, for example on a wooden blind or natural blind, then you will generally want the height of your blind to overlap the window to provide extra coverage.
Measuring and Installing
Users will wind up with a disaster if we don’t figure out the best height for installation and provide precise measurements for shade or drape design based on that height.
The optimal height will vary from room to room, but a few general guidelines include hanging all of the window coverings at the same height if possible and hanging your treatments high, whether using drapes or shades, to make your windows appear taller.
When it comes to blinds and shades, there are a few things to keep in mind.
It’s quite simple to measure and size window for personalized blinds and shades. A precise measurement ensures that handmade window curtains fit perfectly. This gives our place an elegant and refined look. To begin measuring for blinds, decide on a window covering. Either chooses to install the mount inside or outside of the building.
Let’s take a look at each of them individually.
Choosing a Mounting Style
Because the shade fits closely inside the window opening and does not obstruct any of the window trim (casing) or the window sill, shades and blinds with an inside mount have a clean appearance.
When the window is square and the window frame provides sufficient depth for the shade, an inside mount works effectively.
An exterior mount has more possibilities for installation than an interior mount. Outside-mounted shades or blinds can be fixed on the window casing, the side or above-the-window wall, or even the ceiling. The shade can extend above and below a window and cover some or all of the window trim or sill. Outside mount shades often block light better than inside mount shades because they overlap the window opening. An exterior mount’s main drawbacks are that it obscures the window trim and extends beyond the window or wall’s plane.
How to Measure a Window for Inside Mounting
An inside mount shade or blind must be a perfect fit for the window dimensions. As a result, window shade manufacturers always require you to take three measurements of the width and height of the window opening. Measure straight across the window opening at the top, middle, and bottom, and note the smallest size for the shade width. Measure vertically between the top of the opening and the windowsill on the left, centre, and right sides of the opening for the shade height and record the longest measurement.
How to Measure a Window for Outside Mounting
Outside-the-window-frame shades or blinds normally extend beyond the window casing on the sides and cover the casing at the top, but they can overlap the casing as little or as much as you wish. The shade normally stops at the top of the windowsill if it protrudes from the wall. Alternatively, if the sill does not interfere with the shade, the shade might extend below it.
Sizing a shade or blind for an outdoor mount is primarily a matter of taste, but there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a size. Make sure there is adequate space between the top of the window and the ceiling (or ceiling moulding) to mount the shade.