Measure & Fit
TIPS TO REMEMBER
It is crucial that you measure the window space that your blind or curtains will be covering. Measuring your windows is not a difficult task. Follow the instructions to ensure a good fit for your blinds or curtains.
• Always use a metal tape measure for accuracy as cloth or plastic can stretch and become inaccurate, record your measurements in centimetres and milimetres.
• Always measure every window as no two windows are the same size. Your blinds and curtains are custom made to fit each window.
• There are generally two fitting options, inside recess or outside recess. Before you start to measure you must first decide whether you would like your blind to hang inside or outside the window recess.
• Always measure the window in three different places for both the width and the drop measurement.
• Make sure there are no obstructions that would hinder the operation and position of your blind or curtains. Make allowances for cupboards, phone sockets, dado rail, tiles, handles, tilt and turn windows etc. Think about how your window opens. You will need to take this into account to ensure a perfect fit and operation!
• Please re-check your measurements before ordering your blinds and curtains. It is important for us to have accurate measurements for your blinds and curtains, as they are made to your specific measurements.
• Should you have any problems or questions please contact us.
Measuring for Blinds
For blinds fitting within a recess:
• This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to fit inside the window recess. We will make your blind to fit into the recess perfectly.
• Measure the width and drop at 3 different places:
• The top, the middle and the bottom and tell us the narrowest measurement.
• The left, the middle and right side of the window and tell us the shortest measurement.
• We will always make a slight deduction from inside recess measurements, to ensure the blinds fit within the recess. See the individual blind types below for more information.
OUTSIDE RECESS/EXACT BLIND SIZE
For blinds fitting outside the recess:
• This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess. We will make your blind exactly to these measurements.
• We suggest you make the blind 20cm wider than the window (10cm either side) and 7.5cm higher. However this is purely a recommendation and you can make it wider or smaller, longer or shorter depending on your preferences.
Additional information when measuring for roller blinds.
Please note for both Inside Recess and Exact Blind Size when ordering, the width inputted will be for the blind headrail and not for the width of the fabric as we have to allow for the fittings and side control mechanism in the overall size of the blind headrail.
The fabric width will be approximately 30mm (3cm/1.25") narrower than the overall size of the blind headrail. For example when selecting Exact Blind Size if your width measurement is 1000mm (100cm/39.37") your headrail will be 1000mm and your fabric will be approximately 30mm less so it will be approximately 970mm.
These can vary greatly:
• From 3 windows sitting at 90 degrees to each other
• To 5 or more at varying angles.
• If there is a dividing pillar between the windows: measure as you would normally for exact (outside recess) blind size.
• Measuring for Bay Windows can be an easy task. Generally, even with the most precise measurements there will be light/privacy gaps in the corners. This should not be considered a measuring mistake. It happens because when two blinds meet in a corner only the front edges meet up and the blind itself is normally slightly smaller in width than the headrail.
• If you aren't sure or there is no dividing pillar please email us for more information or advice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Measuring for Curtains - Tracks and Poles
Measure from end to end - A + B
If you have a track with a centre overlap, measure the rail as above then measure the overlap and add the two measurements together. - B
A + B + C + D = Total track measurement
Measure between the decorative ends
A-B = Total pole measurement
MEASURING FOR CURTAIN WIDTHS
Always measure the curtain track or pole width, NOT THE WINDOW. If fitting a new track or pole, this should extend 15cm to 30cm either side of the window (to allow the curtains to be stacked back off the window) and 12cm to 15cm above the window recess.
MEASURING FOR FINISHED CURTAIN DROP
1. When using a Curtain Track, measure from the top of the track to where the curtain is to finish.
2. When using a Curtain pole, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtains to finish.
3. When measuring for Eyelet Curtains, measure from the topside of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish.
Curtains are best hung either to the floor, to a sill or below the sill. We recommend that curtains finish either:
• 1cm above the floor
• 15-20cm below the sill (or 2cm above the radiator)
• 1cm above the sill
Always measure in at least 3 positions across the track or pole as floors and sills are rarely level.
To avoid curtains dragging across the floor or sill we recommend you use the shortest of these 3 measurements.
FITTING YOUR BLINDS
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
• Power drill
• Drill bit
• Phillips screwdriver (the one with the crossed head)
• A pencil
• A spirit level
WHICH DRILL BIT TO USE
• If you are drilling into concrete, brick or plaster, you should use a 5.5mm diameter masonry drill bit. This corresponds to the rawl plugs that we'll send you.
• If you're drilling into wood, steel or UPVC, you should use a 3mm diameter high-speed steel (HSS) drill bit.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
• Decide where you want your blind to be positioned and mark out your drill holes. In many cases you'll only need to drill 2 holes at either end of the blind. Usually these should be positioned about 15cm from the end of the blind (except roller blinds). Wider blinds will need more holes drilling - you will need to refer to the instructions.
• Drill your holes and then screw the brackets into place.
• Fit your blind into the brackets.
• Now enjoy your blinds.