How to Measure
Measurement instructions for measuring your Windows, Blinds and Shutters.
'If you are only ordering for DIY installation'
We can now ship blinds ready made to anywhere in Australia. If you are not confident we offer a free measure and quote service in the Melbourne metro area or you can call us if you need any assistance.
Please be aware that once your order is placed and it goes into production it can not be changed so if your measurements are inaccurate you will end up with window furnishings you can not use, but you will still have to pay for them.
Measure every window even if they look the same as sometimes they may have slightly different measurement.
Use a steel tape measure, always measure to the nearest millimeter, and measure twice to check your initial measurements.
A common mistake is to reverse the width and height when measuring a window. The industry standard is width X height, so always put the width first and the height last.
Example given: 103mm X 155mm. 103mm being the width and 155mm being the length of your blind.
Do not take off your own deductions. We will make our own deductions for a proper fit.
Measure the window opening for an inside mount. If it is an outside mount, make sure you have added for hardware and any over hang you may want.
If you have any doubts about how to measure or require help please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
Inside Window Mount verses Outside Window Mount
When measuring your windows, first decide what type of a mount you want to do. 'Inside' means that you will be installing the blinds inside the window opening.
'Outside' means that you will be installing the treatment outside the window opening. It usually looks better to install the treatment on the inside of the window, however, if your window is out of square or you do not have enough inside depth (this will vary by product as to how much is needed, contact us if you are not sure), you may want to consider an outside mount to hide the windows imperfections.
If you are mounting outside, make sure you have added the proper amount for hardware and over hang. If you are mounting inside, make sure you have enough room to mount the treatment.
If you will be installing horizontal blinds or shades as an inside mount, measure the width in 3 places, top, middle and bottom. Mark down the narrowest width. Then measure the height in 3 different places, left, middle and right. Mark down the longest height. This will assure proper fit of your blind or shade. For an outside mount, measure exactly where you want the blind or shade to fit. Measure the window plus over-hang.
For inside mount verticals measure across the top of the window for the width, and take the shortest measurement for the height. Do not add or deduct anything, order the exact size of the window.
For outside mount, measure window and add for over-hang and hardware. Windows with no inside dimension will need an outside mount. As a general rule you will measure the size of the window then add how much overhang you want. If the window is 1800 mm wide, and you want the blind to extend 75 mm past on each side, you will need to order it 1950 mm wide. If the window is 1400 mm in height, and you want the blind to be the same length, your height will be 1400 mm. If you want over-hang, add the proper amount of over-hang. If you want the blind to extend 75mm beyond the height of the window, order the blind 1475 mm in height.
For outside mounts you will also have to add for the height of the hardware. This is especially important for outside mountvertical blinds. For the width measure trim to trim (if no trim, measure from casing to casing) then add for how much over-hang you want. For the height measure from the floor to the top of the trim or casing, then add 50mm for the mounting hardware.
You will only add to the size for outside mount blinds NOT inside mount.
When measuring for shutters follow the same instructions as above. You will also have to take other things into consideration such as, what type of frame you want and how many sides you require for the frame. If there is a windowsill, it is usually better to do a three-sided frame (top and sides).
If there is no sill, a four-sided frame is a better choice. You will also need to decide what louver size you want and how many panels you want for each opening.
Panel size should be determined by how wide the window is and there will be limitations to how many can be used in each opening. A T-Bar may be required on wide widths. Shutters can be tricky, so if you do not have experience measuring for window furnishings, it may be necessary to call us to measure your windows first.
Outside Mount applications (in most cases): Sliding glass doors, Roman Blinds French doors.
Shutters are generally easier to install as outside mounts.
Our products are custom made and cannot be returned, so please take the time to measure your windows properly.
You are responsible for your own measurements so if you are not sure please contact us for assistance.