Kluje guide: How to measure for blinds?

Are you tired of those old curtains and want to update the look of a room? Having blinds installed is a sure way to complete the perfect look for your home. Going out and choosing what type of blinds you want is the fun part, but how do I know what size to get? Measuring for blinds may be somewhat daunting, but with our helpful tips, you'll be sure to get the perfect cut for your custom blinds. Use this handy guide to help you measure your windows accurately. 

What will you need:
  • Stepladder
  • Metal measuring tape
  • Pencil and paper

Step One: 
The Recess

A lot of windows have deep recess, so fitting your blind inside may be a great option for a neat finish. Measure the width of the recess in three places using the metal measuring tape, and note the smallest measurement. Measure the length in the same way (taking three measurements), from the top of the recess to the sill. 

Step Two: No Recess

If your windows have no recess, measure the width of the window and allow an extra 5cm either side, to help block out light. If your window has wide moldings, you can measure so that the blind will be flush with the edges of the moldings. 

Step Three: Fixing Brackets

The brackets or track that support the blind can either be fixed to the wall or to a wooden batten. Ideally the brackets or track should be fixed 4 to 5cm above the window. If the brackets or tracks are in the recess you can fix to the window frame, but fixing the brackets or track to the wall inside the recess is always the best option. Ensure when you measure the length, you measure from the top of the brackets or tracks to the sill. For a recess, measure from the top of the recess to the sill. 

Step Four: Ready Made

Readymade roller blinds can be cut to fit to the size you need, so make sure that the length of the blind will be longer than your window measurements. Roman and Vertical blinds should be made to the exact size needed if they are to be fitted within a recess. 

  • Measure twice to avoid a costly mistake.
  • Roman blinds (which fold into flat pleats), Vertical Blinds (they are not very practical for windows that can be opened and closed on the inside), and Roller Blinds (they are very practical and long-lasting) can all be fitted inside or outside the window recess, and are attached to specialist tracks or to a batten.

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