Customization is an indispensable part of modern decor. In its absence, you will never get your home designed the way you want, and will always remain at the mercy of the manufacturer. This is applicable for windows as well. You need to personalize your window shades so that they can come to the rescue of your interior design and complement it, instead of being stumbling blocks in the way of a comfortable and cozy home. Having the window shades built in the right size is an important element of customization. You need to get the dimensions right before you contact the manufacturer and specify the requirements. For the layman, however, it might be a tall order. In this section, we clearly specify how to measure your windows to get the perfect fit blinds. It will also depend on whether you want inside mount or outside mount blinds.
Inside Or Outside Mount Blinds?
Before you set out to measure your windows, you will need to make a very important decision: whether you want your blinds to be mounted inside or outside the window. The inside mount blinds are installed within the window frame to provide it a clean and visually appealing look, allowing the window molding to be visible. These blinds are set up in areas where the look holds priority over factors such as light control and privacy, such as the kitchen, dining room and living room.
Outside mount blinds, on the other hand, are installed outside the window frame (on the window trim), giving the impression of a wider window space and leaving no space for light to pass through the gaps otherwise left behind by inside mount blinds. Hence, such kind of installation is preferred for room darkening and blackout blinds. They are ideal for rooms where light control, privacy and comfort are necessary, such as the bedroom, media room and the study.
Measuring for Inside Mount Blinds
1. Measure the Width: Take a measuring tape to measure the dimensions from left to right, at the top, middle and bottom. While width in square and rectangular windows will remain constant throughout, it will differ in odd-shaped, circular and oval windows.
2. Take The Narrowest Width Into Consideration: Keep the narrowest width into consideration and provide its specifications, while the manufacturer would accommodate for the mounting brackets and headrails.
3. Measure the Height: As followed in the first step, measure the dimensions from top to bottom, at the left, middle and right side.
4. Take the Longest Height Into Consideration: Keep the longest height into consideration and provide the exact measurements of it. The manufacturer will make the necessary deductions after taking into account the length of the headrail.
Measuring For Outside Mount Blinds
1. Measure the exact width of the space where the blind needs to be installed.
2. To ensure the maximum possible light control, privacy and protection against extreme weather, add approximately 2.5-3 inches (1.25-1.5” on either side) for overlap.
3. Mark a point on the wall where you want the proposed headrail to be installed. Measure the height from that point to the base of the sill
4. To ensure optimum privacy and light control, add around 1-1.5 inches to the height thus measured. Specify the measurements to the manufacturer and await the ideal-sized blinds to be delivered.
Measuring Vertical Blinds
Even as a good percentage of blinds today entail horizontal slats to offer a sleek and subtle look for your inner space, vertical blinds have been pretty much in vogue because of a number of reasons. Thanks to their structure which doesn’t allow dust to settle on their surfaces, besides their insulation and privacy features, they are as popular in offices and conference halls as they are in homes and cottages. Consider the below steps to install inside mount and outside mount vertical blinds.
Step-by-step Procedure to Measure Inside Mount Vertical Blinds
1. Measure the length from the top to the window sill in three different places, from left to right. Take the smallest length into consideration, while the manufacturer will deduct a small amount to accommodate for the hardware.
2. In three different places, measure the exact height from top edge of opening to the top of sill. Take into account the longest of the three measurements from top to bottom.
3. Now measure the window diagonally in two places. If the measurements are not equal, you should go for an outside mount application
Step-by-step Procedure to Measure Outside Mount Vertical Blinds
1. Measure the exact window width, also including the molding and the frame, and add a couple of inches to ensure the windows stay protected from intense glare and weather conditions.
2. From the top corner of the molding to the bottom one, measure the exact height of the window. Add a few inches to allow for a sufficient mounting area on top of the window.
Final note: Measuring the dimensions to get the right-sized window blinds depends on whether you want inside mount or outside mount blinds. There are different steps to follow for them, as well as for horizontal and vertical blinds.