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How to Measure Blinds

Learn how to measure windows for blinds, shades and shutters with our user-friendly guides. Follow along with quick video tutorials, or view step-by-step written instructions.

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Overview

Inside Mount

Important Note: For all measurements, record the exact size of the window opening. Do NOT make any deductions.

  1. Make sure your window has enough depth for the product you have chosen (see the "Mounting Requirements" section for your product). If your window does not have sufficient depth, select another product or an outside mount.
  2. Measure width. For Roller Shades, Sheer Shades and Vertical Blinds, record the width at the top of the window only. For all other window coverings, record the top, middle and bottom measurements, using the smallest of the three for your width.
  3. Measure height at the left, middle and right sides. Use the shortest measurement of the three for Sheer Shades, Vertical Blinds and Shutters.

Outside Mount

  1. Measure the width and height of the area you want your blinds to cover. Your product will be made to the exact measurements you specify. For roller shades, consider adding more width than with other products.
  2. Include additional height for the mounting brackets, which are up to 2 1/2" tall.
  3. Take note of obstructions like alarm systems, molding, doorknobs and deadbolts that might get in the way of your window covering. Some products are available with spacer blocks or extension brackets to help clear these obstructions.

Blinds

Fabric Blinds Shop Now

Fabric blinds combine the functionality of traditional blinds with the soft elegance of fabric shades—the perfect marriage of good looks and easy operation.

Fabric Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds Shop Now

Offering the look of real wood at a lower price, faux wood blinds are a hit among window decorators. These popular blinds are moisture-resistant and work well throughout the home, especially areas of high humidity.

Faux Wood Blinds

Mini Blinds Shop Now

Mini blinds are inexpensive and durable while providing excellent light control. These sleek blinds come in a variety of colors and options to suit any space.

Mini Blinds

Panel Track Blinds Shop Now

A common dressing for large windows and sliding glass doors, sliding panels provide easy light control and a range of décor-enhancing styles.

Panel Track Blinds

Vertical Blinds Shop Now

Ideal for patios and sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are made from vinyl, fabric or faux wood. Choose from a range of fashionable colors and textures.

Vertical Blinds

Wood Blinds Shop Now

Bring the elegance and warmth of real wood right into your living room, or any other room in your home. Genuine wood blinds feature top-notch craftsmanship and timeless appeal.

Wood Blinds

Vinyl Blinds Shop Now

Versatile and resistant to wear and tear, vinyl blinds make a great addition to any space. Compared to aluminum, the vinyl slats are quieter and more malleable, making them a popular alternative to aluminum blinds!

Vinyl Blinds

Shades

Cellular Shades Shop Now

Light control, energy efficiency, understated good looks and plenty of options—cellular shades have it all. Also known as honeycomb shades, they’re a smart choice for any decorator.

Cellular Shades

Dual Sheer Shades Shop Now

Dual shades consist of a single piece of fabric that has alternating stripes of sheer and light-filtering material looping continuously around a roller system, enabling you to block light or create a distinctive “zebra” pattern filtering into your room.

Dual Sheer Shades

Outdoor Shades Shop Now

If you have a patio, deck or sunroom, you want to maintain your view while guarding against harmful UV rays. Outdoor shades, made from woven, all-weather fabrics, are the perfect solution.

Outdoor Shades

Pleated Shades Shop Now

Decorative fabrics with clean lines make pleated shades a star in terms of looks and texture. Choose from a variety of colors, sizes, opacities and upgrades to make your shades stand out even more.

Pleated Shades

Roller Shades Shop Now

Versatile and effortlessly attractive, roller shades are a great choice for modern décor. With a broad spectrum of light control options, you can perfectly balance privacy with your ability to see outside, all while guarding against sunlight.

Roller Shades

Solar Shades Shop Now

Versatile and effortlessly attractive, solar shades are a great choice for modern décor. With a broad spectrum of light control options, you can perfectly balance privacy with your ability to see outside, all while guarding against sunlight.

Solar Shades

Roman Shades Shop Now

Roman shades (or Roman blinds) layer the look of handcrafted fabric on top of the sleek design of a window shade. Affordably priced and easy to operate, Roman shades are great for any home.

Roman Shades

Sheer Shades Shop Now

Sheer shades consist of horizontal vanes suspended between two fabric sheers, giving you the inviting warmth of soft fabric and the functionality of blinds.

Sheer Shades

Sheer Vertical Shades Shop Now

Give your large windows or sliding glass doors a soft, chic look with sheer vertical shades.

Sheer Vertical Shades

Vertical Cellular Shades Shop Now

Get the insulation and light control of cellular shades in vertical form—perfect for sliding glass doors and large windows.

Vertical Cellular Shades

Woven Wood Shades Shop Now

If you seek a textured, back-to-nature appearance, woven wood shades are a fantastic fit. Take advantage of the various styles, colors and options to add a touch of intrigue to your décor.

Woven Wood Shades

Shutters

Wood and Faux Wood Shutters Shop Now

The ultimate luxury window treatment, shutters offer excellent light control on top of classic beauty and top-notch craftwork. Make a long-term investment in your home with wood or faux wood shutters.

Wood and Faux Wood Shutters

Draperies

Custom Draperies Shop Now

Ready for a real eye-catcher? Custom draperies add dramatic, flowing beauty to your window while giving you more light control and decorative layering options. Drapes are the perfect piece to tie your décor together.

Custom Draperies

Drapery Hardware Shop Now

Complete the look of your custom draperies with exquisite drapery hardware, available in wood and metal and a range of adjustable options.

Drapery Hardware

By Window Type

Angle Tops Shop Now

These non-traditional windows can be a challenge to cover because of their odd shape, but don’t worry, you can dress your angle tops to perfection with our helpful guides. Start by getting the perfect measurements:

Angle Tops

Arches Shop Now

Also called sunbursts, these unique windows pay homage to the classic arch shape that’s been an architectural staple for millennia. Despite their odd shape, arches are relatively easy to measure!

Arches

Skylights Shop Now

Skylights allow an abundance of beautiful sunshine into your home, but you won’t always want the light pouring in. Consider skylight shades or blinds to maintain light control—they’re attractive and easy to operate.

Skylights