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How To Measure For Roman Blinds

What you will need:

  • A metal tape measure
  • Pen/pencil
  • Paper/notepad

Please note that when ordering multiple blinds at very similar widths and heights; a difference of even 1mm in your measurements between blinds, can mean a change to the number and position of the fabric folds and number of fabric panels used. If you are installing multiple romans across one window or a group of windows in one room and are aiming for a uniform look then do email us for advice.

How To Take a Recess Size Measurement

Measuring Inside The Recess

For romans ordered as Recess size we are going to make the width and height of your blind approximately 0.5cm smaller than the sizes you give. This is so the blind fits nicely inside your recess and the fabric does not scrape against the recess walls or bag on the windowsill. You do not need to make any deductions yourself.

Follow the instructions below on how to measure your window recess;

  1. Use a metal tape and measure in centimetres to the nearest 0.1cm (1 millimetre).
  2. Measure the width of the recess from wall to wall in three places as shown in the diagram above. Use the shortest measurement of the three if they vary.
  3. Measure the drop by taking the measurement from the top of the recess to the windowsill in three places as shown in above. Use the shortest measurement of the three if they vary.
  4. Write down your width and height measurement as you go to the nearest 0.1cm (1 millimetre). Clearly note which is width and which is the height. We recommend you write down the width first then the height as when you order your blinds you will always be required to enter the width first and then the height so this will help prevent any errors when you come to order.
  5. If there are any obstructions within the window recess, like projecting window handles or Dado Rails and you are confused about what to do just email us for advice.
  6. Use these measurements to order and select the Recess size option.

Child Safety

Due to Child Safety legislation, controls on all blinds must be at least 150cm from the floor so they are securely out of reach of young children. To avoid controls which are too short for you to reach, there is a section when ordering called the Installation Measurement. The installation measurement is the measurement from where the very top of the blind will be installed down to the floor. If you supply the installation measurement when ordering we will make sure your control chain is long enough for you to reach but still safely out of the reach of young children. We also recommend you still use the child safety devices we supply to secure the chain under tension as an extra precaution.   


How To Take an Exact Size Measurement

Measuring Outside The Recess

For roman blinds ordered as Exact size your blind will be made to the sizes you give to us. We do not make any deductions. (We do work to an industry standard manufacturers tolerance of plus/minus 5millimetres).

  1. Use a metal tape and measure in centimetres to the nearest 0.1cm (1 millimetre).
  2. Measure the exact width of where you would like you blind to cover. Allow a similar amount of overlap on each side if fitting outside of a recess, as shown above.
  3. Measure the exact height of where you would like the top of the blind to be installed down to where you want the blind to end. If you are installing outside of a window recess allow a similar amount of overlap at the top and bottom as shown above. Never try and fit too close to the top line of a window recess or window frame, as the plaster may crumble. We would recommend allowing at least 5cm above the top of the window to ensure secure fixing.
  4. Write down your width and height measurement as you go to the nearest 0.1cm (1 millimetre). Clearly note which is width and which is the height. We recommend you write down the width first then the height as when you order your blinds you will always be required to enter the width first and then the height so this will help prevent any errors when you come to order.
  5. Use these measurements to order and select the Exact size option.

Child Safety

Due to Child Safety legislation, controls on all blinds must be at least 150cm from the floor so they are securely out of reach of young children. To avoid controls which are too short for you to reach, there is a section when ordering called the Installation Measurement. The installation measurement is the measurement from where the very top of the blind will be installed down to the floor. If you supply the installation measurement when ordering we will make sure your control chain is long enough for you to reach but still safely out of the reach of young children. We also recommend you still use the child safety devices we supply to secure the chain under tension as an extra precaution.   

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