How to

How to Measure

Measuring Recess and Face Fit window

Measuring your window blinds

No matter what type of blind you require, measuring your windows is easy with our simple instructions.

What you will need

  1. Tape measure (metal ones are best)
  2. Pen and paper

Recess Fit (Inside window frame)

Measuring a Face Fit window

When the blinds are required to fit inside the window recess.

Select this option if you wish to supply the size of the recess into which the blinds will fit. To provide this measurement, select "inside recess" as the measurement option. This will require measurement of the window in 3 places, as shown to the left; please provide us with the smallest measurement.

On all blinds except Roller Blinds and Vision Blinds we will deduct a small amount to ensure the blinds clear the sides and bottom of the recess, allowing for correct operation. We will make a deduction of 10mm from the width, 5mm off each side and up to 10mm from the drop. On Roller Blinds and Vision Blinds we only allow approximately 2mm deduction on width measurement as this will lessen the fabric gap.

Minimum Depth required for RECESS TO FIX BRACKET.

This is a guide with an understanding that the minimum depth for the bracket may mean that the blinds and bracket will sit outside the window recess.

Roller Blinds 30mm - 70mm
Double Roller Blinds 30mm - 100mm
Vertical Blinds 89mm 30mm - 85mm
Vertical Blinds 127mm 30mm - 90mm
Aluminium Venetian Blinds 20mm - 35mm
Timber-look Nova Blinds 30mm - 70mm
Cedar Venetian Blinds 30mm - 70mm
Panel Glide Blinds 30mm - 65mm
Soft Roman Blinds 40mm - 50mm
Vision Blinds 55mm - 85mm
Sheer Curtains (Vertical Sheer Blinds) 30mm - 90mm

Face Fit (Outside window frame)

Measuring a Face Fit window

When the blinds are required to hang outside the window recess.

For all types of blinds follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess:

  1. Measure the exact width of where you'd like your blind to be. We recommend the blind overlaps the window by at least 50mm to a 100mm on each edge depending on the space you have. If you have an architrave we recommend measuring from outside of architrave to outside of architrave. Note the measurement.
  2. Measure the exact drop from the top of where you want your blind to be to the bottom. Please note we recommend 50mm to a 100mm above the window opening depending on the space you have. Note the measurement.

Handy Hints

  • All of our blinds are made to measure. Please follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you take your measurements using a STEEL rule or tape.
  • Take all your measurements in millimetres (mm).
  • When measuring, always look out for things like window handles or tiles and take their position into account if necessary, to ensure a perfect fit.
  • When taking measurements please follow this helpful rule - "measure once, measure twice and measure again to be sure!".
  • All of our blinds can be fitted into the face of the window frame or wall, or into the top of the lintel. This gives you complete control over the positioning of your blind.

Measuring for Plantation Shutters

How to measure your shutter before you order it.

It's of course very important that you measure precisely the space into which your Fit-Yourself Shutter is going to be secured.

The shutters we customise for you, based on the specifications you give us, cannot be adjusted once we've delivered them to you.We can promise and guarantee that we'll send you your customised shutters precisely as per your detailed order. But we can't guarantee that the measurements you've sent us are correct.

Some helpful background information on our high-quality shutters.

  1. Our shutters generally have a shutter panel attached (hinged) to a frame.
  2. The panel consists of louvres which swivel open and closed.
  3. There are stiles which run vertically on the sides and rails which run horizontally along the top and bottom of the shutter.
  4. Panels with a height greater than 1800mm will include a divider rail.
  5. This adds strength to the construction and added support to each shutter panel.
  6. It also allows you to open the top louvres while keeping the bottom ones closed.
  7. See the diagram for a clearer understanding of the component parts.

Single Panel Shutter

Single panel Indoor Shutter

Two Panel Shutter

Two panel Indoor Shutter with frame

How to measure for Recess Fit Shutters

Naturally, an inside-mounted shutter sits within your window frame. Many regard it as the sleeker and more modern way to install one's shutters, providing you have sufficient depth. There are three inside-mount frame options possible:

Note: It's critical to note there are minimum depth requirements for our Fit-Yourself Shutters to ensure they fit flush with the wall ( please refer to the chart below). If your window opening doesn't meet this minimum requirement, you MUST use an Outside Mount Frame.

Recess Fitting

  Minimum Depth Requirements
Blade Direct Mount L-frame Z-frame
63mm Blades 40mm 40mm 40mm
89mm Blades 45mm 45mm 45mm
114mm Blades 60mm 60mm 60mm

If installation occurs in a window opening without a protruding sill, the inside-mounted Z-Frame will extend around 5mm onto the face of the molding (sheetrock) - See Illustration 2. However, if the sill is protruding, the base of your shutter frame will end at the top of the sill - See Illustration 1.

The decorative trim face of the Z-Frame will cover most of the apparent inconsistencies or any light gaps created due to the window frame not being precisely 'square' and will hide deviations of up to 5mm on either side of the frame

Inside Frame - Non Proturding Sill

Illustration 1

Inside Frame - Proturding Sill

Illustration 2

Note: It's easy to measure accurately the size of shutter you'll need to fit your window space perfectly but your attention-to-detail is critical. You must use a steel measuring tape and measure each and every window space as they may well all be slightly different sizes even though they appear identical.
Inside Frame - Proturding Sill

Illustration 1

Inside Frame - Non Proturding Sill

Illustration 2

First, decide that there's a minimum clearance of 40mm for Inside-Direct Mount and Inside-Trim Frames, or 50mm minimum clearance for an Inside-Recessed L-Frame.

Please note that special attention should be given to window openings which have:

  1. Sloping window sills
  2. Window cranks
  3. Latches
  4. Security devices
  5. Removeable screens

Any one of these may obstruct the shutter frame. When measuring for our Inside Mount Shutters ensure you have the proper clearance depth shown above, based on your measurement to the front of the nearest obstruction. If you have any queries, please contact us.

How to make your precision measurements for your fit-yourself shutters.

Width

You'll need to measure the width of each window opening in three places: the top, middle and bottom, as shown in Illustrations A and B.

  1. Take the smallest of the three measurements and write it down on a piece of paper.
  2. This width size is the size you will need to order, without making any deductions to it.
  3. Our factory will make a minor deduction to each accurate size you give us to allow for easy installation.

Height

Measure each window's height in three places: across the top, middle and bottom, as shown in Illustrations A and B. Then, take the smallest measurement and use this as the size you place on your order to us. Our factory will make a minor deduction to this height measurement to allow for easy installation of you new shutter.

Height and width adjustments needed

Our factory will make any necessary adjustments needed to enable easy self-fitting of your blind. Do not make any adjustments to your measurements. Just send us the precise dimensions you measured carefully.

Important note if the height of your shutter is over 1800mm

If your shutter height is greater than 1800mm it will automatically include a centred divider rail.


How to measure for Face Fit Shutters

Face fit with protruding sill

Face fit with non protruding sill

Important not about the importance of accurate measuring

Our Fit-Yourself Shutters are very easy to install but it's essential that the measurement of the window space into which they need to fit, to be very precise. You MUST use a steel measuring tape and measure each and every window, regardless of whether or not they appear identical. In most cases, they won't be.

Our Outside Mounted Fit-Yourself shutter will come to you without and deductions to the sizes you specified on your order to us. When ordering your Outside Mounted shutter, ensure that you specify the 'finished sizes', including the frame.

Width

When determining the finished width of your Fit-Yourself Shutter, make sure you measure the OUTSIDE edge of the architrave ( as shown in the diagram above).

Height

When measuring a window with no sill, please ensure that you measure the edge of the architrave using a steel measure. Measure from the top of the sill to the very top edge of the architrave ( as shown in the diagram above).

Measuring for Automatic Outdoor Awnings

Measuring your window blinds

No matter what type of blind you require, measuring your windows is easy with our simple instructions.

What you will need

  1. Tape measure (metal ones are best)
  2. Pen and paper

Face Fit

Measuring for Automatic Outdoor Awnings

When the blinds are required to hang outside the window recess.

Automatic Outdoor Awnings are generally fitted to the Face work of housing to cover windows.

As a general rule of thumb the width of the blind should be 200mm wider than the window opening. 100mm per side. This can vary depending on the circumstances or clients request.

The drop usually is the size of the window + 200mm to allow the headbox to clear the window. This may vary again on the circumstances or clients request.


Handy Hints

  • All of our blinds are made to measure. Please follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you take your measurements using a STEEL rule or tape.
  • Take all your measurements in millimetres (mm).
  • When measuring, always look out for things like window handles or tiles and take their position into account if necessary, to ensure a perfect fit.
  • When taking measurements please follow this helpful rule - "measure once, measure twice and measure again to be sure!".

Measuring for Alfresco / Patio Channel Outdoor Blinds

Measuring your Alfresco / Patio Outdoor Channel Blinds

What you will need

  1. Laser Level
  2. Pen and paper

Recess Fit

Measuring for Channel Outdoor Blinds

When measuring for Alfresco / Patio Outdoor Channel Blinds it is essential that the top tube is level. When using the laser to measure the top and bottom points you must use the lowest high point. The top and bottom measurements are what they are as to compensate for ground levels being uneven. When measuring multiple blinds you need to make sure the Laser is left to original mark. You can keep all head box etc. level to each other. See example.

A + C = Left Side Drop
B + D = Right Side Drop

Fill the top gap using ally angles or flashings if required. When measuring the top width the factory will take off an extra 2mm to allow clearance on STEELWORK.

When measuring off BRICKWORK, if the brickwork is uneven you will need to take a couple of measurements to work out the shortest width. THEN TAKE A 2-3mm OFF FAR CLEARANCE.

These type of blinds needs to be fitted into square openings. If the top and bottom widths exceed 15-20mm or wider you will need to use the smaller opening and square up to the area. You can use angles 25/25, 25/50, 25,70 to infill gaps later.

Face Fit

Add a minimum of 130mm to the opening width of the window.


Handy Hints

  • All of our blinds are made to measure. Please follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you take your measurements using Laser Level.
  • Take all your measurements in millimetres (mm).
  • When taking measurements please follow this helpful rule - "measure once, measure twice and measure again to be sure!".

Measuring for Folding Arm Awnings

Measuring your window blinds

No matter what type of blind you require, measuring your windows is easy with our simple instructions.

Measuring for Automatic Outdoor Awnings

What you will need

  1. Tape measure (metal ones are best)
  2. Pen and paper

Face Fit

When the blinds are required to hang outside the window recess.

For Folding Arm Awnings follow below instruction if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess:

  1. Measure the exact width of where you'd like your blind to be. Note the measurement.

Handy Hints

  • All of our blinds are made to measure. Please follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you take your measurements using a STEEL rule or tape.
  • Take all your measurements in millimetres (mm).
  • When measuring, always look out for things like window handles or tiles and take their position into account if necessary, to ensure a perfect fit.
  • When taking measurements please follow this helpful rule - "measure once, measure twice and measure again to be sure!".

How to Install

Installing an Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium Venetian Blind Installation Instructions

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Download TTS Instructions

Please Note: Screws are not supplied for bracket fixings and are dependent on the surface to which you are fixing please see chart below for recommended guide:
Fixture Guide Recommended Philips Head
Wood ¾" 8 gauge for recess fit and ½" 8 gauge for face fit
Steel ½" 6 gauge
Ceiling Toggle Bolt
Plasterboard Wall mates
Aluminium ½ 8 gauge or tech screw
Brick Green plug and 1 ½ 8 gauge self tapper

Watch how to install a Aluminium Venetian Blind

1

Depending on if your blind is face fit or recess fit place the brackets in position and with a pencil mark the surface of the wall or window recess for drilling. Brackets should be positioned at each end of the head rail avoiding internal controls. On larger blinds one or more central support brackets are required.

2

When you are happy that you have correct positions for the brackets pre drill the screw holes and fix brackets securely.

3

To fix the blind in position, gently push the head rail onto the front hooks of the bracket (this is the plastic sprung insert) Push inwards and twist the back of the head rail upwards in one motion. The head rail will snap into position.

4

Secure the safety cleat supplied, firmly to the wall at least 1.6m up from the floor to avoid a choking hazard. It is important to keep chains and cords safely away from children your new blind will have a safety warning tag attached please read carefully and do not remove.

5

To operate your new blind use cord control to lift and lower, using a steady tension and movement and avoid jerking or tugging of the cords.

Installing a Cedar Venetian Blinds

Cedar Timber Venetian Blind Installation Instructions

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Please Note: Screws are not supplied for bracket fixings and are dependent on the surface to which you are fixing please see chart below for recommended guide:
Fixture Guide Recommended Philips Head
Wood ¾" 8 gauge for recess fit and ½" 8 gauge for face fit
Steel ½" 6 gauge
Ceiling Toggle Bolt
Plasterboard Wall mates
Aluminium ½ 8 gauge or tech screw
Brick Green plug and 1 ½ 8 gauge self tapper

Watch how to install a Cedar Timber Venetian Blind

1

Depending on if your blind is face fit or recess fit place the brackets in position and with a pencil mark the surface of the wall or window recess for drilling. Brackets should be positioned at each end of the head rail avoiding internal controls. On larger blinds one or more central support brackets are required. Your blind will come with the recommended quantity.

The bracket fixes to the wall with the lever arm at the top facing outwards.

2

When you are happy that you have correct positions for the brackets pre drill the screw holes and fix brackets securely.

3

To fit the blind, make sure bracket levers are in open position. Position head box onto the brackets and holding in place twist lever across towards head box to lock the head box to the bracket.

4

Secure the safety cleat supplied, firmly to the wall at least 1.6m up from the floor to avoid a choking hazard. It is important to keep chains and cords safely away from children your new blind will have a safety warning tag attached please read carefully and do not remove.

5

To operate your new blind use cord control to lift and lower, using a steady tension and movement and avoid jerking or tugging of the cords.

Installing a Timber-look Nova Blinds

Watch how to install a Timber-look Nova Blind

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Installing a Panel Glide Blinds

Panel Glide Blind Installation Instructions

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Installing a Roller Blinds

Roller Blind Installation Instructions

Download Fitting Instructions

Remote Control Setup for Hardwired Motor

Remote Control Setup for Lithium Motor

Please Note: Screws are not supplied for bracket fixings and are dependent on the surface to which you are fixing please see chart below for recommended guide:
Fixture Guide Recommended Philips Head
Wood ¾" 8 gauge for recess fit and ½" 8 gauge for face fit
Steel ½" 6 gauge
Ceiling Toggle Bolt
Plasterboard Wall mates
Aluminium ½ 8 gauge or tech screw
Brick Green plug and 1 ½ 8 gauge self tapper

Watch how to install a Roller Blind

1

Depending on if your blind is face fit or recess fit place the brackets in position, and with a pencil mark the surface of the wall or window recess for drilling screw holes. One bracket is used with the control side A (Chain) this has a protrusion as shown in the picture and the second is used with the rotator side.

2

When you are happy that you have correct positions for the brackets pre drill the screw holes and fix brackets securely.

3

Taking the blind install the chain drive end into the bracket with protrusion (A) making sure that the two markings on the top of the chain drive are facing upwards. Now placing the other end of the blind into the track of the other bracket until it clicks into position.

4

Secure the safety cleat supplied, firmly to the wall at the appropriate position to keep tension on the control chain and avoid a choking hazard. It is important to keep chains and cords safely away from children your new blind will have a safety warning tag attached please read carefully and do not remove.

5

To operate your new blind use chain control to lift and lower, using a steady tension and movement and avoid jerking or tugging of the chain.

Installing a Roman Blinds

Roman Blind Installation Instructions

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Please Note: Screws are not supplied for bracket fixings and are dependent on the surface to which you are fixing please see chart below for recommended guide:
Fixture Guide Recommended Philips Head
Wood ¾" 8 gauge for recess fit and ½" 8 gauge for face fit
Steel ½" 6 gauge
Ceiling Toggle Bolt
Plasterboard Wall mates
Aluminium ½ 8 gauge or tech screw
Brick Green plug and 1 ½ 8 gauge self tapper

Watch how to install a Roman Blind

1

Depending on if your blind is face fit or recess fit place the brackets in position, and with a pencil mark the surface of the wall or window recess for drilling screw holes. Brackets should be positioned at each end of the head rail and spread intermediately across the width as required approx 110m apart.

Note: If you are fixing your Romans within the recess make sure you leave adequate distance from the window surface for your blind to gather when pulled up.

2

When you are happy that you have correct positions for the brackets pre drill the screw holes and fix brackets securely.

3

On the top of the head box you will see a lip/groove which locks into place on the front edge of the bracket, then push the head rail backwards and the rear of the head rail fully up to lock the blind into the brackets securely.

4

Secure the safety cleat supplied, firmly to the wall at the appropriate position to keep tension on the control chain and avoid a choking hazard. It is important to keep chains and cords safely away from children your new blind will have a safety warning tag attached please read carefully and do not remove.

5

To operate your new blind use chain control to lift and lower, using a steady tension and movement and avoid jerking or tugging of the chain.

Installing a Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blind Installation Instructions

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Please Note: Screws are not supplied for bracket fixings and are dependent on the surface to which you are fixing please see chart below for recommended guide:
Fixture Guide Recommended Philips Head
Wood ¾" 8 gauge for recess fit and ½" 8 gauge for face fit
Steel ½" 6 gauge
Ceiling Toggle Bolt
Plasterboard Wall mates
Aluminium ½ 8 gauge or tech screw
Brick Green plug and 1 ½ 8 gauge self tapper

Watch how to install a Vertical Blind

1

Depending on if your blind is face fit or recess fit place the brackets in position, with a pencil mark the surface of the wall or window recess to indicate where to drill screw holes. Brackets should be no more than 100mm either end, and spread intermediately across the width approx 900mm apart. Brackets will be supplied for either recess or face fix as specified when ordering.

If face fit be sure to check length to locate brackets are set at the correct height

2

When you are happy that you have correct positions for the brackets pre drill the screw holes and fix brackets securely.

3

Locate track in the rear lug of bracket and tighten short screw.

4

Check alignment of carriers and rotate to open position, attach slats to carriers so that the slats hang in the open position. If required install weights into the bottom slat hem and attach chain to both sides of weights

5

If you have a chain/cord control secure the safety cleat supplied, firmly to the wall at the appropriate position to keep tension on the control chain and avoid a choking hazard. It is important to keep chains and cords safely away from children your new blind will have a safety warning tag attached please read carefully and do not remove.

5

To operate your new blind use chain or wand control to open, close and rotate using a steady tension and movement and avoid jerking or tugging of the chain or wand.

Installing a Sheer Curtain Blinds

Sheer Curtain Blinds Installation Instructions

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Installing a Vision Blinds

Vision Blind Installation Instructions

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Installing a Automatic Outdoor Awnings

Automatic Outdoor Awnings Installation Instructions

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Installing a Folding Arm Awnings

Folding Arm Awning Installation Instructions

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Installing a Plantation Shutters

Motorised Remote Setup

Hardwired Motor Remote Setup

Remote Control Setup for Hardwired Motor

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Lithium Motor Remote Setup

Remote Control Setup for Lithium Motor

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