How To

How to Measure for Your New Window Blinds

It’s something that we get asked how to do all the time, so you will be happy to know our easy-to-follow guide has all your bases covered. 

  • We recommend you use a metal tape measure for accuracy (cloth tend to stretch)- Have a pencil and paper handy.

  • You only need to know the width and the drop (length) - it is that easy.

  • You will need to select between the three options for fitting...

1) Measuring for Inside Fitting Blinds (Roller, Wooden and Venetians)

 

MEASURING GUIDE

 

  • Step 1: Measure the top width (A to B) of the inside of the frame; across the top, Write down that measurement.

  • Step 2: Measure the drop (C to D) length of the inside of the frame across the middle. Write down that measurement.

  • Step 3: Check that you have enough clear space inside the window to mount the blind. you will need 60 mm for a single blind and 100 mm for a double roller blind.

  • Step 4: When ordering your blind, select the “inside (Frame)” option.

  • Step 5: When ordering your blind, select “front roll” option. This means that the fabric will roll off the front of the roll to avoid any latches, or other hardware inside the frame.

Important Tip for Inside Fitting Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets). Remember to take no deductions off the width and height measurements, but to record the exact size in the width and height boxes on our website. 

 

2) Measuring for Outside Fitting Blinds:

 

This term is used when you want your blind to be fitted on the outside of your window recess, your blind will then be made exactly to these measurements.

measuring guide

  • Step 1: Measure the outside of your window recess from one side to the other. You should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edges of the brackets to be.

  • Top Tip: For best results allow your blind to overlap the edges of the frame by at least 50 mm on each side. - ensuring that you have enough space to accommodate the suggested overlap.

  • Step 2: Measure your frame from top to bottom, starting from where you want the brackets to be and ending where you want the bottom of the blind to be.

  • Step 3: When ordering your blinds, select the “outside” fit option.

  • Step 4: When ordering your blinds, select back roll. This means that the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy and light control.

Important Tip for Outside Fitting Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. 

3) Measuring for Blinds to be Mounted on an Architrave

  • Step 1: Measure across from outside edge of architrave to outside edge of architrave. Again, you should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edge of the brackets to be this will be your width measurement.

  • Step 2: Measure from the top to the bottom of your architrave, this will be where your blind brackets sit at the top and where the bottom of your blind finishes - this will be your height measurement.

  • Step 3: When ordering your blinds select the “Architrave” fit option.

  • Step 4: When ordering your blinds select the “back” roll option. This means the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy, light control and better insulation.

Important Tip Architrave Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets).

2) Measuring for Roman Blinds:

 

 

Recommended Outside Fit 

Width - A

Measure the outside of the window frame from edge to edge, then include a 5cm extra allowance on each side, this will then be the total width of your blind.

Length/Drop - B

Measure from the top of the window frame to the bottom of the window frame, then include a 10cm allowance top and bottom. 

Not recommended Inside Fit

Width - C

Measure the inside edge of the window frame from side to side at the top, middle and bottom of the window for accuracy. 

Length/Drop - D

Measure the inside edge of the window frame from top to bottom.


Measuring for Tracks & Curtains

 

Existing Track

Width - A
Measure the width of your existing track.

Length/Drop - B
Measure from the top of the curtain track to where you want the drop (length) of the curtain to finish.

No Track

Width - C 
Measure the window frame from edge to edge and allow enough space at each side for the curtains to clear the window, we recommend a minimum of 20cm each side.

Length/Drop - D
Measure from the top edge of the window frame to the lower edge of the window frame.

You will then need to decide which drop you want from our range of ready-made curtain drops and install your track accordingly. Our curtains come in drops of 160cm, 210cm or 220cm.

We recommend installing your track at least 7cm above your window frame, space permitting. Or at the length of the Readymade Drape. This creates the illusion of height in the room as your eye is drawn above the window.

 

 

Handy Hints

  • All our custom tracks are manufactured to your exact measurements.

  • When taking measurements its best to get someone to hold the other end of the tape as even metal tape measures will flop over when extended.

  • All the measurements of our tracks and are in millimetres (mm).

Please feel free to contact us by using our toll-free number if you are unsure on any of the above points.

Measuring for Custom made Curtains, Sheers and Detachable linings.

 

Custom made Curtain Measurements.

It is important you enter the correct measurements to ensure the curtains are made to the exact requirements, the information required is:

Width

To achieve the correct width, the size of your track is required.

We recommend that any track should be fitted a minimum of 20cm either side of the window recess to allow curtains when open to be pulled back away from the window.

  • Curtain Track - ensure you measure the width of curtain track and not the window.

Length/Drop

For all custom-made drapes - the drop measurement should be taken from the top of the track.

Deciding on curtain length is down to personal preference, however there are three basic lengths you may wish to choose from:

  • Below sill length - The curtain should be approximately 15 cm below the sill.

  • Skim Floor length - The curtain should be measured to the floor. 

  • On to Floor length – Measure to the floor and then add how many centimetres you would like them resting on the floor.

Custom made Curtain measurements for existing Rods.

It is important you enter the correct measurements to ensure the curtains are made to the exact requirements, the information required is:

Width

To achieve the correct width, the size of your Rod is required, excluding the finials.

When measuring your drapes to fit your existing Rod. The drop measurement should be taken from the bottom of your Rod or rings if you have them. 

  • Curtain Rod - ensure you measure the width of curtain rod and not the window.

How To Videos

Installing Curtain Tracks

Measuring for Roman Blinds

Measuring for Blinds

Installing Venetian Blinds

Measuring for Curtains