How to measure a window for a Blind

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 right; 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.

Roller Blinds Important Information

Measuring a Recess Fit Roller Blind
  1. The actual fabric width will be APPROXIMATELY 32mm LESS than the width you supplied..
  2. The GAP at each side is not the same. The gap at the control side is slightly wider than the other side.
  3. Do NOT order using fabric width.

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
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.

Roller Blinds Important Information

Measuring a Face Fit Roller Blind
  1. The finish blind will be made EXACTLY to the width you supplied.
  2. The actual fabric width will be APPROXIMATELY 32mm LESS than the width you supplied..
  3. The GAP at each side is not the same. The gap at the control side is slightly wider than the other side.
  4. Do NOT order using fabric width.

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.
  Minimum Depth Requirements
Blade L-frame Z-frame
63mm Blades 60mm 60mm
89mm Blades 72mm 72mm
115mm Blades 89mm 89mm

If installation occurs in a window opening without a protruding sill, the inside-mounted Z-Frame will extend around 28mm onto the face of the wall - 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, please refer to the Minimum Depth Requirements chart. gruntPlease 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 Multiple Blind in 1 window

Measuring for Multiple Blind in 1 window.

Recess Fit (Inside the window frame)

Measuring a Recess Fit for Multiple Window

When measuring for a multi-panel window or sliding door you need to give us the individual measurement for each blind you want fitted on the windows/sliding door. Please note we DON'T recommend getting your total window/door width and dividing it into 2 or 3 as you should measure each panel individually and try to get the centre point of the mullion/frame so that the fabrics sits over the frame.

Width 1 - For the left hand blind, measure from the outside edge of the left to the centre of the panel mullion.
Width 2 - For the middle blind, measure from the centre point of the left mullion to the centre point of the right mullion.
Width 3 - For the right hand blind, measure from the outside edge of the right to the centre of the panel mullion.

Please be aware that 2 Roller Blinds side by side will have approximately 30mm gap between fabrics.

Measure the drop of each panel in 3 places and take your smallest measurement.

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
Vision Blinds 55mm - 85mm
Sheer Curtains (Vertical Sheer Blinds) 30mm - 90mm

Face Fit (Outside the window frame)

Measuring a Face Fit for Multiple Window

When measuring for a multi-panel window or sliding door you need to give us the individual measurement for each blind you want fitted on the windows/sliding door. Find the centre point of your mullions and make a mark. You measure from where you would like your blind to sit above the window we recommend 50-100 mm above and on either side of the window opening. Measure to the centre point marked on the mullion. Then from the centre point marked to the next mullion and so forth depending on how many panels you have.

Please note we DON'T recommend getting your total window/door width and dividing it into 2 or 3 as you should measure each panel individually and try to get the centre point of the mullion/frame so that the fabrics sits over the frame.


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 Corner Window

Measuring for a Corner Window

Measuring for Corner Window

Determine which is the through blind as shown in the diagram above. We generally recommend that the through blind is the main window or where you achieve the most privacy to stop vision down the gap between the butting blind.

  1. Take the width measurement of the Blind 1 (run through blind).
  2. Take the width measurement of the Blind 2 (butt blind).
  3. Apply deduction to the Blind 2 (butt blind) see table below. The deduction of the butt blind allows the track to butt up to the through track.
  4. Measure the drop of each blind in 3 places and take your smallest measurement.

Measure your Butt Blind (Blind 2) by taking the exact back wall measurements less the deduction shown in the table below.

Products Size Butt Blind Deduction Required
Aluminium Venetian Blind 25mm slat 35mm
Cedar Venetian Blind - -
Double Roller Blind na
Roller Blind   70mm
Roman Blind na
Panel Blind na
Sheer Curtain Blind na
Vertical Blind 89mm 75mm
Vertical Blind 127mm 90mm
Timber-look Nova Blind 50mm slat 70mm
Vision Blind 70mm
Woodlux Blind 63mm slat 70mm

Measuring for Bay Window

Measuring for a Bay Window

Measuring for Corner Window

Measure back wall (closest to the glass) and apply deductions shown on the table below.

Products Size Blind 1 Deduction Blind 2 Deduction Blind 3 Deduction
Aluminium Venetian Blind 25mm slat 15mm 30mm 15mm
Cedar Venetian Blind 30mm 60mm 30mm
Double Roller Blind na - - -
Roller Blind   30mm 60mm 30mm
Roman Blind na - - -
Panel Blind na - - -
Sheer Curtain Blind na - - -
Vertical Blind 89mm slat 30mm 60mm 30mm
Vertical Blind 127mm slat 40mm 80mm 40mm
Timber-look Nova Blind 50mm slat 30mm 60mm 30mm
Vision Blind na - - -
Woodlux Blind 63mm 30mm 60mm 30mm

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!".