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Top Tips On Measuring For Custom Blinds

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If you've decided to update your lounge with some trendy custom blinds, you will first need to measure your windows. Measuring for blinds is a pretty simple process that you can do for yourself. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy to jot down your measurements and always double check them before heading off to the blind supplier to order your blinds.

Here's how to do it.

Recessed windows

To get the most accurate measurement, it's best to use a metal tape measure. To obtain the width, you will need to measure the window at three points as the distance may not be totally consistent. Take your measurements from each end and in the centre, using the smallest figure as a guide for the final width. If you are having Venetian, roman or roller blinds made, reduce the width measurement by 1cm to permit a smooth extension.

To obtain the blind length measurement, measure from the top of the recess down to the sill at three separate points. If you are having vertical blinds made, reduce the length by 1cm so that the fabric doesn't catch on the window sill.

Windows without a recess

Use a metal tape measure for measuring so that your final figures are accurate. Start by measuring the window width. Remember to add an additional 10cm to the total overall width in order to allow a small overlap of about 5cm either side of the window. This overlap is important to cut out drafts and block light effectively.

If you are having roller blinds made, you will need to add on a further 5cm to allow plenty of space for the blind's operating mechanism.

Decide how long you want your finished blind to be, and then measure the length of the window from the top down to the spot where you want the blind to end.

Before you head off to the blind supplier with your measurements, always check them and check them again. Although you will probably be entitled to a refund if the blinds are faulty, the supplier won't compensate you if the measurements you have provided are wrong.

If you are not confident in measuring the windows yourself, most custom blind suppliers will be happy to come out to your home and measure all your windows for you. For more information and guidance on how to choose custom blinds for your home, have a chat with a local supplier.