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How to Measure For Venetian Blinds

Measuring up your window (or door) for your new made-to-measure Venetian blind is easier than you may think!  Which is why we've created this handy step-by-step guide to get your brand new Venetian blind ordered and fitted as soon as possible.

TIP: Consider the width of your blinds slats before measuring. The 25mm range is the most popular with the widest choice.
<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 that a wooden ruler or cloth tape measure, a notepad and pen, you may need a step ladder. The first thing you need to do is decide whether you want your venetian 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. We will make a small allowance to both the width and drop to ensure your blind fits inside the recess and hangs freely above your sill, allowing the slats to tilt. 

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 thins as your exact width, and from the top of the baton to where you want the blind to finish as your exact drop. It’s easy when you do it the Direct Blinds way!

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

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