Measuring your blinds in most situations is easy! At Dan Blinds, we believe installing a stylish new window furnishing shouldn’t take an eternity, cost a ton of money, or give you a headache! Our straightforward tutorials will walk you through the process step-by-step. If you’re having trouble with any part of the process, please chat to us using the live chat at the bottom of the screen. We’re here to help!
What You will need?
- Step Ladder
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When you measure?
Precise measuring is the key to smooth, hassle-free installations, so it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
Always measure in millimetres (mm).
Always measure the width first, then the drop - ' W x H '
Take 3 sets of measurements for the width and the drop. Always use the smallest of the 3 measurements for ordering, (see below).
If you have someone who can assist, get them to hold the tape measure.
Double check all measurements before ordering.
Do not take measurements from plans and always measure every window, even ones that look similar in size.
Where would you like your blind to hang?
Your blinds can be measured and installed in 2 different ways:
- On the inside of your window recess. This is called a 'Inside Window Frame.'
- On the outside of your window. This is called a 'Ourside Window Frame.'
Inside Window Frame:
This is where the blind fits inside your window frame
- The blind does not project out into the room as it is kept within the existing window frame
- The blind is close to the glass giving better insulation
- There will be small light gaps around the blind
Outside Window Frame:
This is where the blind is fitted to front of the frame often across the top of the architrave around the window.
- The blind overlaps the window frame reducing the amount light coming through the sides of the blind
- Covers the window completely
- The blind encroaches into the room further and may look less aesthetically appealing
Measuring for blinds that hang inside the window frame
WIDTH: Measure your window width in 3 places: Top, Middle and Bottom, always measuring from left side to the right side. Write down the smallest width that you have measured (1232mm, 1231mm, 1232mm) as that is the width you need to order.
HEIGHT: Measure your height in the Middle from the top of the inside of the window to the base of the sill. Write down the height that you have recorded as this is the height you need to order.
Remember, do not make any allowances, if necessary this will be done by our factory.
Please note: We take deductions so the blind fits neatly inside the window frame.
IMPORTANT: You need to have enough window depth to mount the blind(s) inside the window. The sufficient and unobstructed window depth is 60mm. For the larger blinds with bigger drop the required window depth will be 70+mm as they will have thicker tube as well as more fabric on the roll. If either case, if the window depth is less than required, that could impact the smooth operation of blinds or it could result in the blinds protruding out of the window frame.
Measuring for blinds that hang outside the window frame
WIDTH: Measure your window at the top of your window architrave, always measuring from left side to the right side. Write down the width that you have measured as that is the width you need to order.
HEIGHT: Measure the height from the top of the architrave down to where you want your blind to finish. Write down the height that you have measured as this is the height you need to order.
a. Remember, do not make any allowances, if necessary this will be done by our factory.
b. If you have an architrave we recommend measuring from outside of architrave to outside of architrave.
Note: The blind will be supplied at the exact sizes you provide, except Roller blinds where the fabric is supplied approx 30mm less in width (not including the brackets).
Double roller blind alternative: Two Single Roller Blinds, one within the recess, and one on the same window as a face fit under roll, and possibily finishing it off with a pelmet over the top. If you do this you need to make sure the inside blind is not protruding out into the room, so you will need the regular 70mm of recess depth for it to fit inside completely
Things to Know: Light Gaps for Recess Roller Blinds
There will be a gap between the cloth and side of the Recess of approximately 20mm on the chain control side and 10-20mm on the pin end side. This is to allow for the brackets and blind components to fit inside the reveal, the fabric must be cut narrower than the operating mechanisms at the top. Squareness of your windows could also exaggerate this gap.
Remember your window likely does not have glass running completely to the edge of the recess but rather into the actual glass frame, which should mitigate and/or eliminate this gap entirely
If potential light gaps are not acceptable for you, consider these options in spaces like Bedrooms, and Theater Rooms where you would prefer the most privacy and blockout:
- Adding Drapery (Curtains) to cover the light gaps
- Choosing an Under Rolled Face Fit, Roller Blind in it’s place, or adding one over the top of it on the same window (A Screen or light filter single blind inside, blockout single roller blind as an under roll face fix)
- Adding a Roman Blind over the top of a Recess Screen or Light Filtering Blind