How to Measure Your Windows like a Pro
1. Steel Measuring Tape
3. Note Pad
Rules to Follow
1. Always round down to the nearest 1/8" for width
2. Round up to the nearest 1/8" for height
3. Measure every window even if they look to be the same size
4. If you are replacing your shades, measure the window opening NOT the existing shade.
5. On your notes, clearly indicate which measurement is the width and which is the height. It is very common to mix the numbers up. Please note width first, then height.
WIDTH: Measure the width of the window opening in 3 places (top, middle, and bottom). Take the smallest of the 3 measurements (rounded to the nearest 1/8 inch) and write it down. This is the width you will order. Do not make any deductions! The factory will make any necessary deductions.
HEIGHT: Measure the window opening height in 3 places (left, middle, right) but this time take the largest measurement (rounded to the nearest 1/8 inch). This is the height you will order. The factory will make no deductions or additions to the length measurement. NOTE: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO VERTICAL BLINDS. FOR VERTICAL BLINDS, IT WOULD BE THE SMALLEST.
WIDTH: Measure the width of the window opening from left to right and add 4"to 6" for maximum light gap coverage and privacy. If the shade is to be mounted to trim or framing around the window measure from the trim's outside edge left to right. Keep in mind that on roller shades the factory will NOT make deductions from your measurements on both the barrel and fabric. Once you determine the desired width (rounded to the nearest 1/8 inch) write it down.
HEIGHT: To determine the height measure the window opening from top to bottom and add 2" to 4" inches to this measurement to allow space for mounting brackets above the opening and enough overlap at the bottom to avoid a light gap. Once you determine the desired height (rounded to the nearest 1/8 inch) write it down. This is the height you will order.
The factory will not make deductions or additions to your measurement. If there is trim or framing around the window measure from the trim's outside edge top to bottom and this is the height you will order, provided the trim provides the flat space required for an outside mount. If not you can mount the blind to the wall above the trim. In addition if the windowsill protrudes outside the window opening at the bottom of the window measure just to the top of the sill.
*If you still have doubts about measuring, please give us a call Toll Free at 1-888-946-6777, we will be glad to help you!