How to Measure Your Window

The following is only a measuring guide to help you in the purchase of your window blind. A Palace Interior Design, Inc is in no way responsible for measurements taken by the customer. In case of a measuring mistake that will require re-do or cutting down to size of the blind, this shall be the customer responsibility and at the customers expense. We recommend you contact our customer service to arrange for a free in home consultation.
No matter what type of blind you want, measuring your windows couldn't be easier. It won't take long, just follow these simple instructions.

Before you start, there are 2 things you'll need:

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Tape Measure
(metal)

 

Pen & Paper
(to write down measurements)


 

Tips On Measuring

Always use a metal tape for accuracy, never use a fabric measuring tape

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Use metric tape in inches

First decide whether you want the blind to fit outside the window or inside the window frame.

Always measure exact window sizes. We will make allowances for any required deductions.

When measuring for blinds, always measure window width first, and length second.

If installing floor coverings (carpets, tiles, etc.) after your blinds, allow for the floor coverings thickness when measuring height of blind.

Measure all windows, even if they look alike. Your blinds will be made for your specific window size, so be sure that they will fit properly.

Double-check measurements, just to be sure. Don't be surprised if a window is not perfectly square.

Inside Mount or Outside Mount?
There are 2 ways to install a blind:

Inside Mount
The blind will fit inside the window frame.


Outside Mount
The blind will hang outside the window on the wall.


Before taking any measurements, step back from your window and decide if you want to mount the window treatment inside the window frame or outside on the wall (or molding). For inside window mount, the window opening must have enough unobstructed depth to allow mounting.
Tip: We usually recommend an inside mount when possible because it provides a cleaner look
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Measuring Window for Inside Mount

1) Measure the exact width of the window opening in 3 different places (top, middle and bottom). Use the narrowest measurement and write it down.

2) Measure the exact height from the top of the window opening to the bottom sill in 3 different places (left side, center and right side). Use the longest measurement for all products except vertical blinds (use the shortest height for vertical blinds). Write down the appropriate measurement.

3) Measure the window depth to ensure adequate room for rotation, allowing for any door or window handles, etc.

 

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Sample Inside Mount
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Measuring Window for Outside Mount

1)
Measure the width you wish to cover in 3 different places (top, middle and bottom). Use the widest measurement and write it down. It is advisable to measure 4 inches past either side of the window opening for greater privacy and light control.

2) Measure the height you wish to cover in 3 different places (left side, center and right side). Use the longest measurement for all products except vertical blinds (use the shortest height for vertical blinds). It is advisable to measure at least 4 inches below bottom of window opening, and a minimum of 2 inches above top of window opening or molding if any. Write down the appropriate measurement.

 

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Sample Outside Mount
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Special considerations for:
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Vertical Blinds

For a sliding door (Patio doors), we suggest a one-way draw with the 'bunch' on the opposite side of the door handle. If using inside mount on a sliding door, take into consideration door handles and any other obstruction that could affect proper operation of the vertical blind.

 

How to Measure for French door Blinds and Traditional Door Blinds

Any blind or shade can me mounted as a door mount blind. French door blinds or traditional door blinds are simply outside mount blinds or shades with hold downs to keep them from swinging as the door opens or shuts. When measuring for French door blinds there are several things to consider.
Steps to Measure
Door Blinds are considered outside mount, that is they are not going into the inside window frame rather they are going to fit on the exterior of the door.
Since you will be ordering an outside mount blind, the first thing to remember is that the measurement that you provide will come EXACTLY the width and length given.
To get started simply measure the width and length of the glass, if you have raised molding around the glass that you wish to cover measure from the outside of the molding edge to outside edge width and length. A great rule to remember is to add at least an inch to the width and at least three or four inches to the length of the door mount blind. This will provide you with extra blind width and length to provide added privacy and installation space. Don't add too much to the width of the measurement so that it interferes with door handles or any locks.
Make sure to select outside mount instead of the inside mount option when ordering the French door blinds.
We recommend having the tilt and lift controls on the blinds to be on the side next to the door hinges away from the handle. This helps prevent the controls from getting shut in the door when opening and closing.
 

How to Measure for an Inside Mount Bay Window

Measuring for Bay Windows can be an easy task if you follow our directions. Generally, even with the most precise measurements there will be light/privacy gaps in the corners. This should not be considered a measuring mistake. It happens because when two blinds or shades meet in a corner only the front edges meet up and the blind or shade itself is normally slightly smaller in width than the headrail.

Now measure the widths of each blind needed for the Bay Window.

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Where the Left section of the window meets the Center section: From the Left window Section, Measure out the distance of the depth for the blind type you are using. At this point make a small mark on your ceiling demonstrated by the red line on figure 1.

2.

Where the Center section of the window meets the Left section: From the Center window Section, Measure out the distance of the depth for the blind type you are using. At this point make a small mark on your ceiling demonstrated by the red line on figure 1.

3.

At the point where these two marks meet is the point where the blinds will butt up against each other. This point will be point A.

4.

Where the Right section of the window meets the Center section: From the Right window Section, Measure out the distance of the depth for the blind type you are using. At this point make a small mark on your ceiling demonstrated by the red line on figure 1.

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Where the Center section of the window meets the Right section: From the Center window Section, Measure out the distance of the depth for the blind type you are using. At this point make a small mark on your ceiling demonstrated by the red line on figure 1.

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At the point where these two marks meet is the point where the blinds will butt up against each other. This point will be point B.

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Now Measure the distance from point A to point B. That is the width of your Center blind (Shown in Light Blue in Figure 1).

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Measure from the left side of the left wall to point A. That is the width of your Left blind (Shown in Light Blue in Figure 1).

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Measure from the right side of the right wall to point B. That is the width of your Right blind (Shown in Light Blue in Figure 1).

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Let us know that you are ordering blinds for a bay window.

How to Measure for a Corner Window

Corner windows:
When two outside mount verticals meet in a corner, or when other inside mount products meet in a corner where there is only glass (no sheetrock), there can be a privacy problem. That's due to a gap where the products "meet". In order to minimize the problem, consider making one product bypass the other, then specify the other product to butt into the first. (See illustration.)

 

 

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