For optimal performance, window blinds and shades need to be measured correctly. The two most common installations are inside mounting, where the window blinds and shades are installed inside the window frame, and outside mounting, where the treatments will sit outside the frame. Which measurements you need are dictated by the type and style of your window treatments.
Which Option is Best for You?
Before you can measure for your new window treatments, you need to decide which installation option is best for you and your needs. Some considerations include:
- Household Activity Types
- Window Shape
- Level of Light Control Required
- Type of Window Treatments
During your in-home consultation with HiTech Shading, their experts will help you determine which type of mounting option will provide the best outcome. Once you’ve decided on where the window blinds and shades will be installed, great care should be taken to measure the area correctly, particularly if you are having them custom made for your home.
Measuring for an Inside Mount
When measuring your windows for mounting inside the frame, you need to get an exact measurement. To do this, use a steel measuring tape and round down to the nearest 1/8th of an inch. Take the measurements flush with the inside edge of the frame. You will need at least six measurements:
- Top Vertical
- Middle Vertical
- Bottom Vertical
- Left Side
- Middle Horizontal
- Right Side
More often than not, windows are not completely square, but this only becomes apparent when the windows are measured for new treatments, or when poorly fitted shades are installed.
Measuring for an Outside Mount
You will still need the six measurements listed above, the main difference; however, is how far you take your measurements out. For installing treatments on the outside of the frame you will want to decide how far across and down the blinds and shades will go, and take your measurements accordingly.
Be careful to record the information accurately, especially for custom ordered products, as these often cannot be fixed to meet the correct measurements. When in doubt, it’s best to leave the measurements to the professionals at HiTech Shading.
To learn more about how to measure for your new window blinds and shades, or to request an in-home consultation in the Austin, TX, and surrounding areas, please contact the experts at HiTech Shading today!