Measuring Help


Measuring Tips for Horizontal Blinds



Type of Mount :
Determine whether the window covering will mount on the inside of the window sill or on the outside (attached to the actual upper window frame)
Measuring your windows

At WESTCOAST we recommend for outside mount w/m

This is a preference on your part. Generally, most people mount on the inside of the window sill, for a more finished look. However, some window/treatment combinations cannot accommodate this. For example, if the sill is not deep enough, or if there is an obstruction such as a door handle or window crank in the way, then an outside mount is recommended.


Reading a tape measure:

When measuring blinds, do not use 16ths. Use the nearest 8th instead.

Measuring for inside mount :

Take the width measurement first. Measure the window in 3 places, at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" tall). Round down to the nearest 1/8". Note the narrowest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.Take the height measurement. Again, measure the window in 3 places, the left side , the middle, and the right side, (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" wide). Note the shortest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.

Measuring for outside mount :

When measuring for an outside mount, you should make it large enough so that:

  • When the window covering is closed, it encompasses molding that is framing the window.
  • When pulled open, the window covering stacks completely out of the window (to maximize view)
  • Take the width measurement first. Measure the window in 3 places, at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" tall). Round up to the nearest 1/8". Note the widest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.Take the height measurement. Again, measure the window in 3 places, the left side, the middle, and the right side, (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" wide). Round up to the nearest 1/8". Note the longest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.Special note: For sliding glass (arcadia) doors: We recommend allowing 3/4" over carpet and 1/2" over tile to ensure that the slats do not hang up.

    Tips:

    • Measure accurately to the nearest 1/8"
    • Hold the tape straight, make sure it is taught.
    • Do not use a cloth tape-it may have stretched over time.
    • Do not take any deductions-all deductions will be taken at the factory when necessary.
    • To make installation easier, label the window coverings by room

    Control Position & Draw :

    You can have the controls for opening, closing and rotating your blinds placed on the left or right side. For vertical blinds, you can also choose to have the blinds open by sliding to the left or right, or splitting in the middle.

    Fabric Options :

    Fabric blinds are too light to be hung like PVC blinds. Instead, the fabric is inserted in a PVC backing. This option is called channel panel. Another option is to attach weights the blinds. This option is called free-hanging.

    Measuring Tips for Vertical Blinds




    Type of Mount :
    Determine whether the window covering will mount on the inside of the window sill or on the outside (attached to the actual upper window frame) Measuring your windows

    At WESTCOAST we recommend for outside mount w/m

    This is a preference on your part. Generally, most people mount on the inside of the window sill, for a more finished look. However, some window/treatment combinations cannot accommodate this. For example, if the sill is not deep enough, or if there is an obstruction such as a door handle or window crank in the way, then an outside mount is recommended.

    Reading a tape measure:

    When measuring blinds, do not use 16ths. Use the nearest 8th instead.

    Measuring for inside mount :

    Take the width measurement first. Measure the window in 3 places, at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" tall). Round down to the nearest 1/8". Note the narrowest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.

    Take the height measurement. Again, measure the window in 3 places, the left side , the middle, and the right side, (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" wide). Note the shortest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.

    Measuring for outside mount :

    When measuring for an outside mount, you should make it large enough so that:

  • When the window covering is closed, it encompasses molding that is framing the window.
  • When pulled open, the window covering stacks completely out of the window (to maximize view)
  • Take the width measurement first. Measure the window in 3 places, at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" tall). Round up to the nearest 1/8". Note the widest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.

    Take the height measurement. Again, measure the window in 3 places, the left side, the middle, and the right side, (to ensure accuracy, take more than 3 measurements if the window is over 75" wide). Round up to the nearest 1/8". Note the longest of the 3 (or more) measurements and write it down.

    Special note: For sliding glass (arcadia) doors: We recommend allowing 3/4" over carpet and 1/2" over tile to ensure that the slats do not hang up.

    Tips:

    • Measure accurately to the nearest 1/8"
    • Hold the tape straight, make sure it is taught.
    • Do not use a cloth tape-it may have stretched over time.
    • Do not take any deductions-all deductions will be taken at the factory when necessary.
    • To make installation easier, label the window coverings by room
    Control Position & Draw :

    You can have the controls for opening, closing and rotating your blinds placed on the left or right side. For vertical blinds, you can also choose to have the blinds open by sliding to the left or right, or splitting in the middle.

    Fabric Options :

    Fabric blinds are too light to be hung like PVC blinds. Instead, the fabric is inserted in a PVC backing. This option is called channel panel. Another option is to attach weights the blinds. This option is called free-hanging.

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