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Measuring Instructions for Blinds and Shades



IMPORTANT: USE A METAL TAPE MEASURE FOR ALL MEASUREMENTS MAKE ALL MEASUREMENTS TO THE NEAREST 1/8TH INCH AND ROUND DOWN.
For example, 5/16 would be 1/4, 15/16 would be 7/8, etc…


Select the type of blind you are measuring for:
Inside Mount
Outside Mount
Door Mount

Additional measuring information:
Measuring Disclaimer
If you would like to view these instructions in a
downloadable file, select the file format below:
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NOTE: When measuring roller shades, measurements are for tip to tip on the headrail. Distance from edge of headrail brackets to fabric on chain lift side is 7/8" and 3/8" on the opposite side. Distance on spring lift is 3/8" on each side. Make sure and take this into account when measuring for roller shades.

MEASURE ALL WINDOWS. WINDOWS MAY APPEAR TO BE THE SAME SIZE BUT RARLY ARE.
If you have any further questions on measuring, please contact customer service at 800-961-1146 BEFORE ordering.


Inside Mount

Width (Left to Right)
Measure the exact width of the inside edge of the window opening (frame) in three places top, middle, and bottom. Write down the smallest of the three measurements making sure that it is the first number of the measurement. This is the width you will order. DO NOT MAKE ANY DEDUCTIONS. The factory will make all necessary deductions to make sure the mounting brackets and blinds will fit in your window opening. No additions will be made. The size you order will be the size you receive minus any deductions made by the factory.

Example: 48 x 60 - 48 is the width the blind needs to be. Your blind will arrive approximately 47 1/2" wide. The width is always the first size in blind or shade measurements.




Height (Top to Bottom)
Measure the exact height from the top inside edge down to the window sill in three places. Write down the largest of the three measurements making sure that it is the second number of the measurement.

Example: 48 x 60 - 60 is the height the blind needs to be. The height is always the second number in a blind or shade measurement.

Tip: It is always best to round the Height measurement up to the nearest full inch. Example 48 x 60 ½ should be rounded to 48 x 61

PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT WILL DEDUCT APPROX. 1/2 INCH OFF OF THE WIDTH (LEFT TO RIGHT) ON ANY INSIDE MOUNT BLIND OR SHADE. ONLY 1/4 INCH WILL BE DEDUCTED ON VERTICAL BLINDS.

NOTE: Each product has a minimum window sill depth for inside mounting (you can find this depth on the specs for each product). Please check this size to ensure your window will allow for this depth.



Outside Mount

Width (Left to Right)
Measure the exact width of the wooden or metal window frame or how wide you would like the blind or shade to be. Make sure to measure wide enough to cover the entire window and provide maximum light gap coverage. Example: If the window opening is 36", it might be helpful to order 40". This will provide 2" coverage on each side of the window. There is no rule on the width of blinds other than to make sure that it is wide enough to cover the opening. Write down that size making sure that it is the first number of the measurement.
Example: 48 x 60 - 48 is how wide the blind needs to be. The width is always the first size in blind or shade measurements.



Height (Top to Bottom)
Measure the height you would like the blind to be by measuring top to bottom. We recommend adding about 3 or 4 inches to this number to insure maximum light gap coverage and to cover the window completely taking in account the headrail. You will want to mount the headrail above the window frame. Please make a note that some windows have trim that might interfere with mounting so it's important to measure above the trim if this is the case. Write down your desired height rounding to the nearest 1/8 inch.

Example: 48 x 60 - 60 is the height the blind needs to be. The height is always the second size in a blind or shade measurement.

THE FACTORY WILL MAKE NO DEDUCTIONS ON OUTSIDE MOUNT BLINDS OR SHADES. THE SIZE YOU ORDER WILL BE THE SIZE YOU RECEIVE.



Outside Door Mount

Blinds that are mounted to doors are almost always outside mount. Please be sure and follow the instructions for outside mount installations found on this page. It is important to note the following:
  1. Make sure the blind is wide enough as not to interfere with doorknobs and other obstructions and also wide enough for optimal light gap coverage. You want your new blinds to cover the entire opening of the window. We strongly recommend using 1" blinds on doors for clearance reasons.
  2. Be sure and add 3 to 5 inches to the length of your blinds taking in account the headrail. You will want to mount the headrail above the window. This is important as you may use hold down brackets on the bottom to hold your blind in place.


Measuring Disclaimer

All of our blinds and shades are custom made to your specifications and we guarantee they will fit your window perfectly if you follow our measuring instructions. If we make a mistake when manufacturing your blinds or shades we will replace them or fix them at no cost to you. If, however, you make a mistake measuring or entering your measurements into our website we will remake them for you at a discounted price. For this reason we strongly suggest that you follow these instructions carefully and that you double check the measurements you enter. If you have any questions regarding measuring call our customer service department at 800-961-1146.


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