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Find out how to get the perfect measurements for your window coverings! Learn how to get accurate measurements for your blinds, roller and roman shades, and curtains in our ultimate window covering measurement guide.
Roller shades are as simple as they sound! A wooden dowel or metal tube contains a swath of fabric that you can control by a spring or chain pulley system. These shades are a cost-effective way to completely transform your home and come in different fabrics and opacities. Sleek, simple, and stylish, roller shades are great for blocking out the sun while still letting the light in.
Flush Window Sill: Start 2 in. below the sill for maximum coverage and then measure 3 in. above the top of the window.
Roman shades differ from rolling shades slightly: they stack up evenly like blinds when open but are completely smooth when closed. Their ease of use and variety of styles make them a popular choice among homeowners.
Horizontal blinds are more functional since they can emit different amounts of light through the slats. They also come in different widths, colours, and patterns. Remember to find blinds that are cordless, especially if you have pets!
Roman shades and horizontal blinds are measured the same way.
Flush Window Sill: Start 2 in. below the sill for maximum coverage and then measure 3 in. above the top of the window opening to accommodate for the window hardware.
One of the most popular choices for sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are inexpensive and offer optimal light control. They come in a variety of materials including faux wood, fabric, or plastic.
Flush Window Sill: Start 2 in. below the sill for maximum coverage and then measure 3 in. above the top of the window opening to accommodate for the hardware.
Drapes and curtains provide the necessary sunlight coverage for your home. Perfect in almost every room, they also add a certain warmness to your home. They come in many different styles, from window length to pooling, drapes are the perfect addition to your window.
The placement of the rod will determine where the drapes or curtains lie. The standard placement is 6 in. above the window if the space allows for it.
To determine the width:
There are two types of curtains and drapes to consider before measuring:
Measure the exact width you would like the panels to cover. Remember they can always be collapsed if you want to let more light in.
To determine length follow the same instructions as Single Curtain Panels.
To Determine the Length:
Start out with this measurement and adjust according to your preferred style:
Record the measurements taken above and make the following adjustments depending on your style preference:
Window Length: Measure from the brackets to ½ inch below your window sill.
Sweep, Brushing or Cuff Length: Choose a length that is 1 to 3 inches longer than the recorded measurement.
Floor Length: Choose a length that is 3/8 inches above the floor.
Pooling Length: Choose a length that is 6 to 12 inches longer than the recorded measurement.
Bay windows are usually three panels that project outward from the main walls of the room. They give ample natural light to any room they’re in!
Measuring window coverings for bay windows can be tricky. Start by:
To measure the angle of your bay window, you’ll need two business cards, a stapler, and a protractor.
The business cards are what you will measure to get the most accurate measurement. Start by setting two business cards on each corner angle of the windows, overlap them so they mimic the angle of the windows. Staple the overlapping business cards together so they stay in place. With a protractor:
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