Quick Tips To Start Measuring
Use a steel measuring tape for accuracy.
Round each measurement down to the nearest 1/8".
Measure all windows, even those which appear to be the same size.
Several types of window treatments can be made to fit your window opening exactly. Cellular shades are available stationary or operable to control the amount of sunlight and privacy you need. Other popular choices for covering arch windows are pleated shades, wood blinds and mini blinds. Nearly all arched windows are imperfect (not a perfect semi-circle) and a template will be required to ensure your blind is made to fit your
window perfectly. Please refer to Specialty Windows for more information.
Measure the width of your center window from corner to corner. Measure the width of the side windows from corner to point beyond the window frame or inside window frame depending on whether the mount is inside or outside. Measure the total opening of the bay window and the depth of the bay window from front to back. Measure the height of all windows.
When two windows meet at a corner where there is only glass (no sheetrock), there can be a privacy concern due to a gap where the products "meet". In order to minimize the problem, consider making one product bypass the other, then specify the other product to butt into the first.
A cut-out is a shade or blind with a small rectangular area removed from it to avoid obstructions such as: tile splash guards, window cranks or door handles. Provide detailed measurements of the area to be removed from the blind.
Difficult Access Windows
When selecting blinds for high or difficult-to-reach windows, we suggest you order an extra long cord or tilt wand for easier operation. Also, some shades and blinds may be ordered with power options.
The wider and taller you specify your product, the better your privacy, insulation, and light control will be. For the width, add 2" on both sides of the glass, for a total of 4".
For the height, you also need room (2") for the mounting brackets at the top, and the optional hold-down brackets (2") at the bottom. Consider mounting the window treatment slightly higher if possible, so when the blind is raised it blocks less of your view. Hold down brackets are available for all blind types, except Vertical blinds and Sheer Verticals, to prevent the blind from swinging on the door when opened and closed.
Skylights can let in a great deal of sunlight, but may also be difficult to reach. Make sure you request a blind specifically designed for a skylight and ask for side rails. With a long tilt wand or cord, easy–to-install cellular shades offer extra insulation and can be easily opened.
Verticals can be specified to mount either within the door frame or above the molding. When determining mounting type, consider whether the handle is an obstruction, and /or the amount of depth available is less than the required depth of 3". For an outside mount it is normally sufficient to measure about 4" wider on both sides. The wider you specify, the better your privacy, insulation, and light control. For the height, specify
about 3" to 5" above the top of the frame. Please note your ordered size includes both vanes and the headrail track. For window to floor installation, deduct ½" for proper clearance.
Wide or Large Windows
With larger windows, the weight of the blind or shade may make it difficult to raise and lower. Heavier blinds also stress the cords, which increases the risk of breakage. Typically, windows wider than 72" will require multiple blinds on one headrail. Measure the overall width of the window from left to right at the top, middle and bottom. Use the narrowest measurement – and without moving the tape – measure the location of the
desired blind split(s). The total combined measurement of the multiple blinds must equal the overall width measurement of the window. Click here for large window measuring instructions.
Measure so your product hangs in front of the crank. Consider adding an inch or so to accommodate the crank. Some people choose to take the cranks off entirely and replace them with T-handles, a small wing nut type crank, to allow the blind to hang optimally.
Windows with Built-in Arches
There is no special measuring required, but you’ll need to ask for side-mount brackets. Only available for pleated and cellular shades with width measurements less than 36".