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Measuring Guide

Window Blinds Measuring Guide

Roller Blinds Measurement Guide

Wooden Blinds Measurement Guide

Velux Blinds Measurement Guide


Complete Guide on how to Measure for Window Blinds

The blind can be either fitted to the window frame or wall surface known as "face fix" or onto a recess top / lintel known as "top fix".
There are generally two measuring options for your new window blind, recess or exact. The exception to this is our range of blinds for Velux® roof windows, these are made to fit the window size exactly, we simply require the window code.

Recess – This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to fit inside the window recess.

Exact – This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to hang outside the recess overlapping the window.

Handy Hint – Always use a steel tape measure and write down your measurements in millimetres (mm) for the greatest accuracy.

How to measure for a Recess Fitting

Width – Measure the inside width of the window recess from a point across the top, middle and bottom. Use the narrowest width measurement.

Height – Measure the height of the window at the left hand side, centre and right hand side. Use the shortest height measurement.
 
We will deduct the required amount from the sizes supplied by you to allow the blind to operate correctly in the recess space.
 
How to measure for an Exact Fitting
 
Width – Measure across the area you require the blind to cover, we recommend that you have at least 50mm overlap of the window on both sides to allow for privacy. E.g. your window recess is 1250mm wide so we advice to quote 1350mm "exact size" or wider if you so wish.
 
Height – Measure the height of the area you require the blind to cover, we recommend at least a 50mm overlap at the top of window, the bottom depends on if there are any obstructions, for example a radiator or shelf.
 
The blind will be made to the exact sizes supplied by you, we do not deduct anything from the sizes provided.
 
 
 
 




Roller Blinds Measurement Guide

Measuring your windows to decide which size of blind to order is easy. Just follow these simple steps. Please use a metal tape measure to take measurements.

Recess Measurement

Used when the blind is to be fitted inside the window recess.

Recess Width

• Take 3 measurements for the width of the window recess as shown in the picture from wall to wall.
• Take the smallest of these measurements. This is the recess width. When measuring look out for things like window handles or tiles and take their position into account this way you will be sure of a perfect fit.

Recess Height

• Take 3 measurements for the height of the window recess (heads to sill) as shown in the picture.
• Take the smallest of these measurements. This is the recess height.

• We will make the necessary deductions of 12mm for the fittings & brackets to ensure the blind operates perfectly within the window recess.

Diagram A

Exact Blind Measurement

Used when the blind is to be fitted outside the window recess.

Exact Blind Width (also known as pin width or finished blind width)

• Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at each side. We recommend at least 75mm or 3 inches each side to avoid gaps of light.
• Take the overall width measurement including the overlap. This is the Exact Blind Width.
• Note: This width includes the operating mechanism of the blind and is not the width of the cloth. See diagram C below.

Exact Blind Height

• Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at the top & bottom. We recommend at least 75mm or 3 inches at the top if the blind is required to roll up fully above the window recess.
• Take the overall height measurement including the overlap. This is the Exact Blind Height.

Diagram B

Cloth Measurement

Used when the width of the cloth on the roller blind is important.

Cloth Width

• Measure the width the blind cloth is required to be.
• Note: The full width of the blind will be wider than the cloth width. See diagram C below.

Height

• Take the overall height. This is the same as the Exact Blind Height.
 
Diagram C





Wooden Blinds Measurement Guide

Measuring your windows to decide which size of blind to order is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

Please use a metal tape measure to take measurements.

Recess Width

• Take 3 measurements for the width of the window recess as shown in the picture from wall to wall.
• Take the smallest of these measurements. This is the recess width. When measuring look out for things like window handles or tiles and take their position into account this way you will be sure of a perfect fit, We will make the necessary deduction of 12mm for the fitting and brackets to ensure the blind operates perfectly within the window recess.

Recess Height

• Take 3 measurements for the height of the window recess (heads to sill) as shown in the picture.
• Take the smallest of these measurements. This is the recess height.
• We will make the necessary deductions for the fittings & brackets to ensure the blind operates perfectly within the window recess.


Diagram D

Exact Blind Measurement

Used when the blind is to be fitted outside the window recess.

Exact Blind Width (also known as finished blind width)

• Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at each side. We recommend at least 75mm or 3 inches each side to avoid gaps of light.
• Take the overall width measurement including the overlap. This is the Exact Blind Width.

Exact Blind Height

• Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at the top & bottom. We recommend at least 75mm or 3 inches at the top if the blind is required to roll up fully above the window recess.
• Take the overall height measurement including the overlap. This is the Exact Blind Height.



 

 

 

 

 

Diagram E

All our blinds come with all the fittings you'll need, along with instructions for easy installation.

You may also like to see our wooden blinds installation guides.

If you have any other queries about installation or measurements, please feel free to contact us.





Measuring For A Bay Window

1. Determine the depth of the blinds you are mounting and use this for the width of your cardboard:

25mm metal venetian = 25mm wide.
25mm / 35mm wood venetian = 50mm wide.
50mm wood venetian = 70mm wide.


2. Cut two pieces of cardboard (depth determined from 1 above) wide by 30cm (12") long.
Important: If spacer blocks or extension brackets will be used for extra clearance on outside mounts, add the amount of extra clearance to the width dimension of the cardboard before measuring.
3. Place the strips in the left angle first, and bring them together until the front corners of the cardboard meet. Mark points "A" and "B".
4. Repeat this step for the right side angle, marking points "C" and "D".
5. Measure between points "B" and "C" to obtain the width measurement of the center window treatment.
6. Measure from point "A" outward to the desired width to obtain the width measurement of the left window treatment.
7. Measure from point "D" outward to the desired width to obtain the width measurement of the right window treatment.
8. Deduct about ¾cm (7.5mm) from each of your measurements to allow for clearance.




SQUARE BAY WINDOWS

• Type A

Use this method to cover the front window more effectively. The best method if you want to stop direct light from the front or to stop people looking in directly from the front. There may be a small gap where the side blinds meet the front blinds but this is usually obscured by the window frame at the corners.

Taking measurements

Front blind

Measure the width of the recess where the front blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom.

Side blinds

Measure the width of the recess where the first side blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom. Deduct the depth (projection from window) of the blind you are going to order as follows - 25/35mm wood venetian blind deduct 52mm -- 50mm wood venetian blind deduct 70mm, then call it recess size.

 

Example your measured width for the side blind is 680mm, the choice of blind slat is 25mm, so 680-52=628mm, this is the size you quote as a recess size for the blind to operate correctly. Repeat this for the other side blind.

All Blinds to be ordered as recess sizes.





• Type B

Use this method to cover the side windows more effectively. The best method if you want to stop direct light from the sides or to stop people looking in directly from the sides. There may be a small gap where the front blinds meet the side blinds but this is usually obscured by the window frame at the corners.

Taking measurements

Front blind

Measure the width of the recess where the front blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom. Deduct two times the depth (projection from window) of the blind you are going to order as follows - 25/35mm wood venetian blind deduct 52mm twice -- 50mm wood venetian blind deduct 70mm twice, then call it recess size.

 

Example your measured width for the side blind is 1680mm, the choice of blind slat is 25mm, so 1680-52-52=1576mm, this is the size you quote as a recess size for the blind to operate correctly.

Side blinds

Measure the width of the recess where the first side blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom. Repeat this for the other side blind.

All blinds to be ordered as recess sizes




• Type C

Use this method if you do not want the blinds to overlap at the corners or if you require a more symmetrical look. There may be a small gap where the front and side blinds meet but this is usually obscured by the window frame at the corners.

Taking measurements

Front blind

Measure the width of the recess where the front blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom. Deduct two times the depth (projection from window) of the blind you are going to order. See depth of wooden blinds guide.

Side blinds

Measure the width of the recess where the first side blind will go. Make sure you take the smallest measurement if the recess or frame varies from top to bottom. Deduct the depth (projection from window) of the blind you are going to order. See depth of blinds guide. Repeat this for the other side bind.

All blinds to be ordered as recess sizes





VELUX BLIND MEASURING GUIDE

The above shows where the reference code is located on your velux® window this is the code you will need to determine the size of the blind required.

Velux® GGL, GHL and GFL are all registered trademarks of VKR Holdings A/S

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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