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Measure for Outside Mount Window Treatments - 01:27
Measuring windows for beautiful new window blinds or window shades is easy as 1-2-3. Just grab a measuring tape, paper and pencil, and watch this quick video to see how to measure windows for blinds and shades.
Here are a few quick tips and things to remember:
- Use a steel measuring tape
- For the width round down to the nearest 1/8"
- For the height round up to the nearest 1/8" for height
- Always reference product specifications for complete measuring instructions
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How to Measure Windows for Shades and Blinds
If you can measure a cup of flour, you can measure your windows. Just grab a measuring tape, pen and a piece of paper! Or use the measuring worksheet on our website.
There are two ways to mount shades and blinds:
(1) Inside mounted, or
(2) Outside mounted.
If you’re replacing existing blinds, measure the window itself -
NOT THE OLD BLINDS - to ensure a perfect fit.
Check the depth of your window first. Depth requirements fluctuate depending on the product, so be sure to check the minimum depth specifications listed on each product page on our website. If it isn’t deep enough, you’ll need to go with an outside mount.
Let’s measure the width and height.
For inside mounts, measure across the top, middle and bottom inside the window frame. The smallest of the three measurements is the actual width. Round it down to the nearest one-eighth of an inch.
To get the height right, measure top down on the left, in the middle and on the right inside the frame. The largest of the three measurements is your height, rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of an inch.
If you’re ordering roller, solar, or exterior shades, you only need to measure once across the top for the width. For vertical blinds, you’ll use the smallest height, not the largest.
Order your blinds using the smallest width and largest height of your window. We’ll make the proper adjustments at the factory so they fit perfectly.
For outside mounts, measure again across the top, middle and bottom of the window frame. This time take the longest width, adding three to four inches for maximum light coverage.
To find the tallest height, measure from the top of the frame to the bottom on the left, middle and right. Add two to three inches above the top of the window for the mount, and any additional length to the bottom, depending on how you want the blind to hang past the window sill.
In most cases our factory makes no adjustments to outside mounted blinds, so they are sized to your exact measurements, plus or minus one eighth of an inch.
Be sure to check the specifications listed on each product page on our website to avoid any surprises when ordering or installing your blinds.
Now you’re ready to order! That’s even easier. Just go to select blinds dot com, pick the style and color you want, give us your measurements, and in just a few days, your beautiful new window or door coverings will be shipped to you free of charge.