Measuring for custom blinds is a critical step in ensuring your window treatments are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. The process might seem daunting, but with this detailed guide, you’ll be able to measure for blinds cut to size with confidence. Remember, accuracy is key, as even a small miscalculation can impact the fit and functionality of your blinds.
Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring for Custom Blinds
- Choose Your Mount: First, decide if you want inside mount blinds, which sit within the window frame, or outside mount blinds, which cover the window frame. This decision will affect how you measure.
- Measuring for Inside Mount Blinds:
- Measure the width inside the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom. Record the narrowest width to the nearest 1/8 inch.
- Measure the height in three places (left, middle, right) inside the frame. Record the tallest height to the nearest 1/8 inch.
- Do not make any deductions. The manufacturer will make necessary adjustments for a perfect fit.
- Measuring for Outside Mount Blinds:
- Measure the width where you want the blinds to cover. Typically, this is the width of the window plus an additional 3-4 inches on each side.
- Measure the height starting from where you plan to install the headrail (usually 3-4 inches above the window) to where you want the blinds to end.
- Record these measurements to the nearest 1/8 inch.
- Depth Measurement for Inside Mount: Check the depth of the window frame to ensure there’s enough room for the blinds to operate. Each product has a minimum depth requirement.
- Double-Check Your Measurements: It’s crucial to double-check your measurements for accuracy. Re-measuring can save you from potential sizing errors.
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Tips for Accurate Measuring
- Use a steel measuring tape for accuracy.
- Measure twice, cut once – always double-check your measurements.
- Round down to the nearest 1/8 inch for width and round up to the nearest 1/8 inch for height.
The Importance of Professional Guidance
While DIY measuring is doable, professional assistance ensures precision. At Designer Window Fashions, we offer free in-home consultations to help you with getting the right measurements. Our experts bring years of experience and will guide you through every step, ensuring your blinds are cut to size perfectly for your windows.
Ensuring the Perfect Fit with Professional Help
Measuring for custom blinds is an essential step in creating a beautiful and functional space. With these guidelines, you’re well on your way to having blinds that are not just cut to size but also perfectly suited for your home.
For those who prefer a professional touch, remember that Designer Window Fashions is here to help. Our free in-home consultation service is designed to take the guesswork out of measuring and provide you with the perfect window treatment solutions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards beautifully fitted custom blinds.