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Can blinds be longer than the window?

Generally, blinds are usually fitted within a window recess and are fitting so that they touch or sit just above the window sill.  This is to ensure that the blind can operate normally and blocks as much unwanted light as possible – if you fit within the recess the light blind is less than usually fitting outside onto the wall above for example.

However, circumstance or preference might mean that you need to fit ‘face-fix’ to the wall, above the window.  This could be the case if you want a blind for a window that would jut out too much for the window to open or close.  Exact size blinds are simply made without deductions, to the size specified.


Traditionally curtains are the first choice when it comes to fitting outside of a recess, they can be paired with a second blind in the window, and the sheer length of made to measure curtains can cover wide distances and large drops.  Curtains can be made to suit preference – ensure the drop is enough that it hangs below the sill – either to the floor or just above.  Make sure to consider the finished gathered size of the curtains, ensure there is enough room for the curtains to be opened, if you are unsure please call our friendly customer services team on 0370 218 7042 and we will be happy to help.

Blackout Blinds

If the choice is for blinds, we advise to ensure you measure the window width and drop, while adding at least 6.5cm extra on each side of the window. 

The more you can have added to the sides, the less light bleed into the room.  This is important during those long summer days when the sunrise can disrupt sleep as early as 4.30am.
We would also highly recommend blackout blinds for the most effective blockout method for your windows. 

Panel Blinds

In the case of a large window that touches the floor, or if you are going for a blind to separate the space, you can still have large drops with our panel blinds which can be top fixed to the ceiling or face fixed to the wall. 
Stylish and available in large made to measure sizes and many colours, panel blinds are a modern mix of curtains and vertical blinds.  Please ensure that there is enough room for the 5-panel track – Call our customer sales team on 0370 218 7042 for precise sizes.

Thermal Energy-Saving Tips

In some cases you can opt for both blinds inside a window recess and blinds or curtains outside the window to compliment the look.  This is especially effective for thermal retention, ensuring that the heat lost from the usual  gap around the blind, is reduced by the curtain

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0370 218 7042

0370 218 7042
Our standard office opening times:
9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am - 2.00pm - Saturday
Closed - Sunday
Jubillee opening times:
Mon 30th May - Wed 1st June 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thur 2nd June Closed
Fri 3rd June Closed
Sat 4th June 9.00am - 2.00pm

Swift Direct Blinds Ltd. 177, Lockwood Rd, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3TG | Company No. 1190828 | VAT No. 184549920

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