New blinds can dress up your home and can also help you save energy, increase privacy, and control indoor lighting. When buying new blinds, it is important to consider the type of blinds you want and then to measure the window accurately, so they fit properly.
Before you get out the tape measure, decide whether you want the blinds to be mounted inside the window frame or outside.
Inside mounted blinds hang inside the frame of the window, creating sharp, clean lines around the frame, accentuating its shape and size. When considering an inside mounted blind, think about the location and shape of the window and how or whether it has trim around it that you want to expose or conceal.
Inside mounted blinds come with mounting brackets and headrails of different size. If you are installing your blinds inside the window frame, you need to consider how deep the frame is at the top, measured back from the wall to the top of the window, get blinds with a headrail that fits in this dimension, or the headrail will project out beyond the wall.
To measure for inside mounted blinds:
Outside mounted blinds make the window look bigger and can hide damaged or unattractive trim and molding. Outside mounted blinds create more privacy inside and also allow you more control over light levels.
Outside mounted blinds overlap the wall on each side of the window. Add 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) to the width of the window to account for this overlap.
If you live in the High Desert area, you can also contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville and let us measure and install your blinds for you.
When designing your curtains or other window coverings for an oversized window, the process of measuring can often time make or break the whole process. Depending on the direction the house is sitting, the need for oversized window coverings could be very great due to the massive amounts of sunlight shining through.
How to Take Window Measurements
Before you begin the task of ordering curtains, it is important to make sure the measurements are recorded to assure the perfect length that will cover the entire window, so that your contractor will have the adequate dimensions.
The first step to accurately find out how large your window is to gather your supplies: a sturdy tape measure, a ladder, a piece of paper to write your measurements down, and a friend (or husband) to assist.
Measuring from the bottom windowsill to the top of the window can be more tricky (due to the height of the large window), but you just need to make sure your tape measure is completely vertical and not slanting one way or another. Stand on the ladder to support the tape measure half way through and have your friend hold it at the base of the window to keep it as straight as possible. Once you have the measurement, you are safe to write it down. The horizontal measurement is much more simple to acquire and does not demand the use of a ladder. Have one person on either side of the window and stretch the tape measure across the width of it.
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