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How to Measure 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.
  • <Click Here> to go to our general blind measuring guide or click the arrow below to view our video.

How to measure

You will need a steel tape measure, which is generally more accurate than a wooden ruler or cloth tape measure, a notepad and pencil, you may need a step ladder. This guide is for measuring for free hanging window pleated blinds but the principles are the same for skylight style roof blinds. The first thing you need to do is decide whether you want your pleated blinds inside the window recess or whether you want your blind on the outside of the window recess to cover the window entirely.

Now check there are no obstructions inside or outside the window recess where the blind will hang, for example look out for handles, part tilling, or windows that open inwards. If you need advice, call us or even send us a digital photo.

Inside the window recess

If you require your blinds inside the recess, then you must take three width measurements. Using your steel tape measure, measure across the top of the window, now measure across the middle of the window and then across the bottom. The narrowest measurement of the three is the width we call the recess width. Now you need to do the same thing as far as the blind drop goes, using your steel tape measure again measure the drop of the recess, measure the left side, then the middle and finally the right side. Again the shortest measurement of the three is the drop we need, called the recess drop.

Outside the window recess

If you require your blind outside of the recess to cover the entire window, then you first need to find out the widest and deepest point of your window recess. You do this by measuring as we’ve previously explained. You then need to add for the blind to overlap the recess, both to the width and the drop. We would recommend a minimum overlap of 10cm each side and the same for above and below. Again always look for any obstructions. Once you have added the allowances you will have your exact blind sizes.

If you have a wooden baton above the recess, we advise you to measure this as your exact width, and from the top of the baton to where you want the blind to finish as your exact drop. For skylight blinds consider if you require an operating rod to raise and lower the blind when fitted. It's easy when you do it the Direct Blinds way!

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