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How do I measure for window blinds?

If you’re wondering “How do I measure for window blinds?”, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about how to complete this task accurately and to ensure the best fit for their new blinds. Fortunately, measuring for window blinds isn’t as complex as you might think. You might be pleasantly surprised to see just how straightforward the process can be. 

Once you have mastered the art of measuring for blinds, you can go ahead and order beautiful, durable blinds in Grimsby from our fantastic range. Our blind measuring tips should work for you whether you’re installing vertical, Venetian, Roman or roller blinds. Let’s take a look at our easy-to-follow blind measuring tips right now.

Where is your blind going to hang?

The first step that you need to take when you want to measure for window blinds is to find out if your window has a recess. If it does, decide whether you want your blind to be installed inside or outside of this space. Make sure there is nothing in the recess that could make it hard for you to extend the blind fully like a fixture, a phone socket or a protruding handle.

Many people opt to fit their windows inside deep window recesses. However, if you want to keep the space clear or have a shallow recess, it’s best to fit the blind outside of the recess. If you’re fitting a blind and don’t have recess space, it’s a good idea to allow a 5cm overlap at each side of your window. Add an extra 10cm to the length so you can get the most out of your blinds.

Measuring outside the recessPlantation Shutters in Immingham

When you’re measuring outside of the recess, you need to begin and end where you want the edges of your blind to be. You then need to take three width measurements from the top, the middle and the bottom. To prevent light bleed, it’s a good idea to measure at least 15cm on each side of the recess. Make a note of the smallest of the three measurements you have taken as this will be the figure for the width.

You then need to measure from the top where the rail will be to the bottom, where you want the blind to end. It’s a sensible move to begin your measurement a minimum of 15cm above the recess. Start at least 15cm below the window. Again, this is to prevent light bleed. You should then measure three equal points across the window. Make a note of the longest of these sizes as this will be the drop.

Measuring inside the recess

When you’re measuring inside of the recess, you will need to take three width measurements of your window. Measure the top, middle and bottom of the recess. Note the smallest of the measurements as these will be the width measurement you need when ordering your blinds. You also need to take three height measurements, which are the left-hand side, the middle and the right-hand side. You will then have the measurement that you need for the drop.

Extra tips for measuring for window blinds

One of the best steps you can take when measuring for window blinds is to check your measurements twice to avoid buying incorrectly-sized blinds. Some readymade blinds can be cut to give you a better fit. You may be able to purchase blinds that are longer and wider than required. Just make sure you’re confident about trimming them down once they arrive at your property.

If you’re buying blinds that you’re fitting outside of a recess – or if you don’t have a recess, you will need to fit a track or a bracket above your window. This should be fitted at least 5cm above the window frame. Make sure you’re measuring from the fitting to the sill when ordering the blinds so they give you complete coverage.

If you are buying or considering buying roller blinds, note that these work better when they are fitted outside of a recess. If you fit them inside a recess, you will need extra room for the control mechanism. This means there will be a bigger gap between the blind and the wall than necessary. This could compromise the efficiency of your blinds.

Roller blinds are better fitted external to the recess. Within the recess, the control mechanism for roller blinds requires extra room, which will result in a wider gap between the blind and wall and have an impact on the efficacy of the window covering.

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Who can supply me with blinds in Grimsby?

If you are looking for high-quality blinds in Grimsby that will serve you well for years to come, we can help. At Humberside Blinds, we have many years of experience when it comes to supplying blinds. Founded in 1978, Humberside Sunblinds has quickly become one of the region’s leading suppliers of great-looking, long-lasting blinds. We offer window blinds in a huge range of styles, designs, colours and fabrics, allowing us to cater to all needs, tastes and properties. 

Contact us

Now you know the answer to “How do I measure for window blinds?”, feel free to get in touch to order pleated, vertical, roller, blackout, Venetian, wooden or electric blinds in Grimsby. We can arrange a free visit so that we can carry out accurate measurements of your windows on your behalf and supply you with made-to-measure window blinds of the highest calibre. You can reach us today by giving us a call on 01469 664 017. You can also complete the form on our website. We will get back to you as quickly as we possibly can.

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