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Measuring Correctly for Custom Blinds & Shades

If you purchase window treatments and have them professionally installed, then you can usually be pretty sure that they will fit properly. However, if you are trying to save some money and work within your budget by doing this yourself, then there are some things that you need to know about how to properly measure for window treatments so that they fit right and look perfect. Even a slight miscalculation can result in a poor fit and disappointment, as well as wasted money.

Before measuring your windows for window treatments, you must decide how they will be mounted. Certain window treatments are usually mounted on the outside of the frame, but there are some that are mounted on the inner part of the window frame, and these are the type that it is most critical to get it right for. There is little room for error when mounting window treatments on the inside of the frame.

Always use a metal tape measure for measuring your window frames. These are usually more accurate and easier to get straight. Measure each dimension three times, and measure from different parts of the frame. In many homes, the window frames appear to be perfectly straight and square to the naked eye, yet there may be some slight discrepancies in the top width and bottom width, or the left and right sides of the frame. Make sure that you take multiple measurements from each location.

Don’t try to remember the dimensions in your head as you head to the home store to select your window treatments. Write everything down, and do yourself a favor and draw at least a quick sketch of the window and dimensions. This will be helpful as you work with the associates at the home store who may need to assist you in design and selection. They will have an easier time understanding what you are looking for and what is needed for your particular situation if you have a visual diagram. You don’t have to be an architect to do this, a simple sketch will do just fine.

Be sure to note anything unique about the situation, including nearby radiators, furniture or other things that need to be worked around. Also, note the nearby furniture.

When you take care of all of these details before buying your window treatments, they will fit properly and look beautiful!