How To Measure For Blinds?

Though it's a simple thing to do, measuring your windows for blinds requires precision and time - rushed numbers may risk a disappointing fit. Here, we've got all the help you'll need to make sure you're measuring accurately, just remember to be sure of your numbers before you order, and always check them twice!

Things to remember

It's vital to consider protruding objects like window handles or tiles that may get in the way of your blind. You'll need to take their position into account, as it could affect how and where you hang your blind. Similarly, be mindful of where the blind controls will be positioned when measuring too.
 
As mentioned above, it's always of benefit to double check your measurements! It can help us, and you, if all your measurements are in the same metric, be that centimetres or inches.
 
Each specific blind type will have different requirements in terms of measuring, too, so be sure to take a close look at the advice given on the following pages. If you find you need more guidance, be sure to get in touch.

See our tolerances below.
How to Measure for Bay Windows

How to Measure for Bay Windows

Whether you've got a square 'box' style or angled bay window, we're here to help you get the right measurements to ensure your new blinds fit perfectly. 
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How to Measure for Blinds

How to Measure for Blinds

Unlike  off the shelf ready made blinds, ALL our blinds are made to measure, to fit your windows perfectly! 
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Measuring for Roller Blinds

Measuring for Roller Blinds

Perfect for most rooms in the home, roller blinds are available in multiple designs, with varying styles and finishes. As Direct Blinds offer a made-to-measure service, it shouldn't be necessary to trim yours down, making this a simple and easy blind to hang. See our useful measuring guide for tips on how to get your perfect fit
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Measuring for Perfect Fit Blinds

Measuring for Perfect Fit Blinds

Measuring for perfect fit blinds is easy when you follow our short video using the arrow link below. Measurements are taken using the same method whether you are looking at venetian, roller or pleated perfect fit blinds.
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Measuring for Roman Blinds

Measuring for Roman Blinds

A sure-fire way to inject some personality into a room, roman blinds are also an easy way to add a pop of colour. Whether you opt for subtle shades or plucky prints, they're easy to measure and come made-to-measure.
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Measuring for Wooden Blinds

Measuring for Wooden Blinds

Adding a touch of elegance to any room, wooden blinds are a great way to precisely limit the amount of light coming through, making them perfect for sun-facing windows. They're also brilliant for providing year-round insulation. Measuring for them is a simple process but be sure to read through the instructions in full before you start.
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Measuring for Metal Venetian Blinds

Measuring for Metal Venetian Blinds

Great for light control, and a welcome addition in any space that's channelling a minimalist or industrial vibe, metal venetian blinds are practical as well great looking when measured and installed correctly. M easuring these venetian blinds can be simple, but be sure to read through all the instructions properly before you begin.
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Measuring for Vertical Blinds

Measuring for Vertical Blinds

Our made-to-measure blinds are designed to fit perfectly into your home, and our precision is what makes our vertical blinds easy to hang. Here, we've got all the information you'll need to measure for your new vertical blinds perfectly. Best of luck - not that you'll need it!
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Measuring for Vertical Slats Only

Measuring for Vertical Slats Only

If you have an existing slats that you are looking to replace, then you can use our useful measuring guide to simply and quickly rejuvenate your view.
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Measuring for Day and Night Blinds

Measuring for Day and Night Blinds

If you're looking for a means through which you can have complete control over the amount of light coming into a room in your home, you need look no further than the Day and Night blind. What's more, it's incredibly easy to measure and fit to your windows!
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Measuring for Panel Blinds

Measuring for Panel Blinds

Panel Blinds make great room dividers to create different spaces for multi use. See our measuring guide for an easy how-to guide now.
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Measuring for Curtains

Measuring for Curtains

Curtains give your home that finishing touch of style, extra insulation and a cosy atmosphere, and made-to-measure curtains mean you can enjoy all that in any window, in the colour or print that fits your décor. Of course, it's vital that you order the right size, so why not take a look at our measuring guide to make sure?  
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Measuring for Pleated Blinds

Measuring for Pleated Blinds

There are two blind types available, a free hanging blind for windows, conservatories and doors and a rectangular skylight blind suitable for glass ceilings and roofs. Follow the instructions below and you'll have your new pleated blind measured up in no time.
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Measuring for Neat Fit Blinds

Measuring for Neat Fit Blinds

Neat fit blinds are suitable to use on all windows that feature a flexible (rubber/foam) gasket seal between the glass and frame. See our useful measuring guide for tips on how to create that perfect fit.
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Measuring for Skylight Blinds

Measuring for Skylight Blinds

See our useful measuring instructions for tips how to install our luxury skylight roof blinds
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Measuring Clip & Fit Blinds

Measuring Clip & Fit Blinds

Clip and Fit blinds are suitable to use on all windows that feature a flexible rubber gasket seal between the glass and frame. See our useful measuring guide for tips on how to create that perfect fit.
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Our Tolerances


Other information you may need to know are the deductions or clearance allowances we make when blinds are ordered as Recess Size. These are deducted from the recess size you give us, resulting in the finished(exact overall) blind size we manufacture to. This results in a neat and snug fit into your window opening, with no catching.

The clearance allowances we deduct are as follows:
 
Type Width Drop
15 & 25mm Venetian 13mm 6mm
35 & 50mm Venetian 13mm 12mm
Wooden Venetian (Impressions, Nile & Ecostyle) 13mm 12mm
Wooden Venetian* 13mm  
Vertical Blinds** 6mm 13mm
Roller Blinds*** 4mm  
Panel Blinds 10mm 15mm
Roman Blinds 10mm  
Vertical Slats Only N/A N/A
Pleated Freehanging & Skylight 10mm  

* Our team will produce the drop to the closest slat to ensure a neat finish and that your blind with have an even space between each slat. This means the blind could come slightly longer or shorter if the required drop falls in between slats.
** Vanes only are 50mm less overall than a recessed drop and 37mm less than an exact/blind-size drop.
*** Overall from wall to cloth there is a total gap of 34MM.

Supplied finished blind sizes will be within the British Standard EN13120 for manufacturing tolerances.
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