how to measure blinds

A Common Mistake:

Today let’s talk about one of the most common mistakes people make when measuring a window.

What most people do is grab their measuring tape, randomly put it up across a window, and say “Yeah, this is 34 and 3/4 inches.” Then they measure the length: “Okay, this is about 70 inches. Done!”

The problem with measuring like that is that your windows are not always consistent all the way up or all the way across. If you measure your window width at the bottom of the window, the middle of the window and the top, you may find that your measurements vary by a quarter of an inch or so. When you know that the measurements vary and by how much, you use the narrowest width for your blinds. That way you can be sure that the blinds won’t be hitting the window at any point.

Similarly, you should measure the height of your window on each of the sides, and in the middle. Again, you’ll probably find some variation in the measurements. Here you want to use the longest measurement so that your blinds are not too short anywhere across the window. 

So remember measure bottom-middle-top for the width and side-middle-side for the length.

How To Write Down The Dimensions:

When you write down the dimensions of your window to give to your custom blind maker or to take to a store to find blinds, make sure you always list the width first. That’s another common mistake people make. So if your window is 36 inches wide and 72 inches high, write it like 36, 72 or 36×72. If you write the dimensions the other way around, like 72, 36, you might be surprised by what you get! Even though you might expect someone to figure out what you mean, the industry standard is width first, length second. Whoever you give the numbers to might take you at your word, and give you very wide, short blinds!

Remember these tips when you measure your windows for blinds, and you’ll end up with a much better fit. Of course, the best thing to do is to have your windows measured by a professional. That’s when you call Quality Window Fashions—experience you can trust!

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