How to measure for roller blinds: A buyer's guide

how to measure for roller blinds

Working our which size blind to order can seem like a confusing and daunting task, especially if you are fitting out a bay window or a whole room!
Avoid a headache by reading this simple guide before you begin. You will need a metal tape measure, pen and paper.

The first thing you need to do is identify whether or not your window has a recess. If it does, you need to decide whether your want to fit your blind in or outside of the recess.

Fitting a blind inside a recess can make for a rather neat and flush looking finish. However, your recess may be narrow or you may simply prefer to keet it clear.
Fitting a blind outside a recess will mean you can choose a blind width which will provide better window coverage.

measuring to fit blind inside recess

Measuring to fit a blind INSIDE a recess

Measure the width of the recess at three different pounts; in the centre, near the top and near the bottom. Toy might find the measurements you get vary slightly, so choose the smallest. This is the width of your recess.

Deciding on your width is especially important when fitting inside a recess. The brackets on our blinds add 4.5cm to the overall width of the blind. You also need to leave a small gap on either side so that the blinds fits comfortably into the recess (about 1cm) and you do not need to force it into the space.

Now measure from the top to the bottom of your recess. This is your recess drop.


Blinds with cords should only be selected if the head rail height will be greater than 1.5m from the floor.



measuring to fit a blind outside a recess

Measuring to fit a blind OUTSIDE a recess or where there is no recess

Measure the width of your window. If you have the space either side of your window, add up to 10cm to this measurement so that your blind provides really good window coverage. Remember to bear in mind the extra 4.5cm that will be added to the overall width by the brackets if there are any obstacles surrounding your window.

Measure from the top of your window to the point where you'd like the blind to end when fully extended. This is your drop.


Additional advice.

Our standard roller blinds all come with a drop of 175cm and our zebra blinds come with a drop of 150cm. This is usually more than sufficient from most windows. If you need a larger drop, get in touch with us as we may be able to produce a custome size for you.

Do ensure that you have measured accurately. You don't want to end up with an ill-fitting blind. If you need to return a blind you will find that posting long length parcels is very expensive so this is best avoided. If you have ordered an incorrect size, you will be responsible for return postage costs.

Our standard roller blinds can be cut to size. However, this is tricky to do and if you make a mistake we cannot accept any returns on blinds which have been altered. We stock a wide range of sizes but if you need a specific size that we do not stock, get in touch as we may well be able to help you.

If you are in any doubt, get in touch to ask for help before placing your order!

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