Measuring for Blinds

Before you measure

There are various ways to mount Blinds, but the two most common ways are: ‘inside mount’ (also known as ‘reveal fix’, where Blinds are installed inside the window frame, and ‘outside mount’ or ‘face fix’, where Blinds are installed outside the window frame.
As the measuring technique differs slightly between the two, you’ll need to decide which option you prefer before measuring for your Blinds. 
To help you decide, we’ve provided you with some advantages and disadvantages of each:

Advantages of an Inside Mount or Reveal Fix

  • Your Blinds take up less wall space and won’t protrude into the room. This way, you can add fabric window dressings such as curtains over your Blinds.
  • Many people believe that Blinds look better when set inside the window frame as this seems to define the blinds more clearly, and make the room look more spacious. However, this is dependent entirely on your personal preference.
  • The frame of the window is left exposed making this an attractive option for windows with frames that are aesthetically pleasing or have architectural interest.
  • Inside mounting is also ideal for deep-set windows: Blinds can be installed close to the window panes, leaving most of the window sill available for use as a shelf or display area.

Disadvantages of an Inside Mount or Reveal Fix

  • Any tiny reduction in the length/width of the Blinds causes narrow gaps around the edges of your blinds. This effect, known as a ‘light strike’, allows light to sneak through.
  • Windows are rarely perfectly square and symmetrical. The light strike may accentuate any irregularities that exist.

Advantages of an Outside Mount or Face Fix

  • When the Blinds are drawn open, no part of your window or view will be obstructed by the stack.
  • You can mount your Blinds higher and/or wider than your actual window for a decorative effect.
  • When you order Blinds larger than your window you often eliminate light strike.
  • If you are dealing with a window which is not square or which is uneven, this mount is ideal.

Disadvantages of an Outside Mount or Face Fix

  • It’s more difficult to use curtains and other soft window treatments over blinds mounted on the outside of a window frame because the blinds protrude out into the room.

Now that you have chosen your mount, you can measure your windows. 

Measuring for an Inside Mount or Reveal Fix:

Description: Recess measurements

  1. Take three measurements for the width and length of the window recess as shown in the picture.
  2. For the width, use the smallest of these measurements from left to right.
  3. For the length or ‘drop’ use the longest of these measurements from top to bottom.

 

TIP:  Use a wide steel tape measure or a laser (infrared) measuring device as this will result in greater accuracy. Please be sure to measure to the nearest millimetre.

Measuring to for an Outside Mount or Face Fix

Description: Outer measurements

1. Just measure the exact area you would like the blind to cover, as shown in the picture above.

TIP:  Use a wide steel tape measure or a laser (infrared) measuring device as this will result in greater accuracy. Please be sure to measure to the nearest millimetre.

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