How to Measure your Windows for Proper Blind Installation
This page offers GUIDELINES for MOST products listed. It is strictly a guide. Manufacturers can change specs at any time, so it is wise to call us or research the manufacturer sites for the most up to date information. Please note we offer only guidelines for measuring and installation. Blinds Express is not responsible for the cost of any installation services.
IMPORTANT TO READ BEFORE YOU MEASURE:
Use a steel tape for accuracy
Measure Width and write it down, then Length and write it down
Measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch
NEVER Take your own deductions. The factory will take necessary deductions and allowances.
RECHECK all measurements
On an inside mount (inside window opening), check depth requirement for product you are buying. You may want to contact us for suggestions on this topic. Outside mount always check for any items that might be too close for clearances.
If you have any mounting depth concerns or outside concerns, please be sure you call CUSTOMER SERVICE at 1-800-836-4488 PRIOR TO ORDERING for information on the product.
CHECK, CALL, RESEARCH specifications. Custom blinds can have many specifications and unfortunately, we cannot post all details for the thousands of products we offer. Most manufacturer websites or sample books offer many details. So, please ask questions, research and see the product if you can locally prior to ordering. In the end, the consumer is responsible for their measurements, installation, and product choice.
For all types of shades (shutter instructions may vary -call Customer Service or e-mail us for more info):
Width-Take the exact window opening to the nearest 1/8 of an inch. It is important to measure the top, middle and bottom widths. Remember, not all windows are perfect-even in new homes! Take the smallest of the widths that you measure. Important: for horizontal wood products, if the smallest measurement is at the bottom of the window, you may need to specify in the order comment field what the top measurement is. This will ensure a proper fitting valance. Please See "More Measuring Tips.." below for DEPTH instruction for wood blinds and faux woods. This will explain the "inside mount with returns" option.
Height-When measuring the height, always measure in 3 places across the window. Take the longest of the three measurements.
NOTE: The factory takes deductions on all Inside Mounts head rail and product according to the manufacturer specifications.
Fabrics are usually less than head rail size after deductions are taken. With respect to the sheer horizontal shade the fabric may be 5/8" inch narrow on one side and 1/2" on the other depending on particular product ordered. Roller shades have generally large deductions due to the maker of the product (roller and hardware) -PLEASE CALL FOR SPECIFIC FABRIC AND TUBE DEDUCTIONS. Fabric is usually minimally - 1 1/8" or more from ordered width on inside mount and can vary for an Outside Mount depending on what type of roller shade you order.
NOTE: Due to the narrow fabric that results with a standard spring roller shade, cassette, cord loops and cordless. Deductions vary on these products. Call us before ordering for specs!
NOTE: Sheer Horizontals an inside mount will come 1 1/8" less than ordered width. There will be some gapping on the sides of the product. This is because the product is made to roll inside its head rail. This is the only way an inside mount sheer horizontal is made by ALL manufacturers.
Outside mount blinds are either mounted to the surface of the trim (window casing) outside the opening or on wall surface above opening or casing.
Width- Measure the exact width to be covered. If you have a dry wall opening with no molding, it is best to be sure the measurement overlaps the window opening by at least 1 ½" on each side (3" total overlap) to ensure light control and privacy. Some products have deductions even if they are an outside mount. And deductions vary with each type of product. If you have any questions on the various deductions, contact us for help PRIOR TO ORDERING!
Measure the exact height from the outer edge of the top of the molding to the top of the window sill or to the exact finished length desired. Measure the height in 3 places (the right side, middle and left side of the window); round the measurement up to the nearest 1/8 inch. Again if you are not mounting to the trim or you do not have trim, please call us for each product specs and we can help you with your measurement.
NOTE: For Solar Shades or Roller Shades, make sure the measurement overlaps the window opening by at least 3" on each side (6" total overlap) to ensure light control and privacy.
NOTE: For Soft Sheer Horizontal Shades, Outside Mount for soft horizontal sheers MUST be ordered 1.5" wider than the opening for the fabric to be large enough to cover. Because this product rolls inside the head rail, the fabric is much smaller in width than the head rail width.
NOTE: For Vertical Blinds, for full coverage, it is recommended to add to the outside frame to frame measurement. If outside mounting and you have a frame or trim, add 3 inches past the edge of the trim on both sides (total of 6 inches to outside width edge of trim to age of trim measurement)
Height-When measuring the height, an outside mount product will come the height you order from the top of the head rail of the product to the bottom of the bottom rail. It is important to understand that the height includes head rail, material and bottom rails.
NOTE: For Vertical Blinds, If mounting above the trim to the wall, you will need to add 2 inches to the height so that you have enough space to mount the brackets above the trim. Vertical brackets need 2 inches of surface area to mount to. Be sure you allot of this in your Outside measurement. Call us for help or further instructions.
MORE Measuring Instruction and Helpful Hints.....
DEPTH for Horizontal products:
If you do not have exact inside mount flush depth required for the product you are ordering, the product will stick out - especially with wood blinds or the horizontal sheer products. For WOOD BLINDS, you can hide the top rail and brackets on an non-flush inside mount by simply ordering your valances with returns (Shallow Mount Valance With Returns). This is an option for all of our wood and faux wood products. We DO NOT charge for this request if done at time of order. The returns will cover the hardware and go back toward the edge of the molding. You may need to trim off excess wood on the returns. Or, you may specify the size of return needed in the order comment field. INSIDE MOUNT VALANCE DO NOT COME WITH RETURNS-THEY COME AS ONE FLAT PIECE OF VALANCE MATERIAL.
French doors are a little tricky. Most French Doors have a glass "trim" that goes around the outside of the glass. You will measure outside of that molding (trim) and add 2 inches total (if possible -depending on your handle placement). This means 1" coverage on each side past your trim. Measure the same outside door trim top to bottom and add 4 inches total to that measurement. Be sure to ask for the free Hold Down brackets so the blind doesn't bang on the door in use AND ask for spacers. These are used to push the shade out when installing so it does not interfere vertically with trim.
We do not recommend a side mount for any blind over 48 inches in width. We highly recommend that you speak to or e-mail our customer service before ordering a side mount. Some products cannot be side mounted and there are sizing issues you need to know prior to ordering.
Special Matching Patterns/Alignment:
Anytime you are ordering window treatments for the same room/window note that fact in the order comment field of your order. The manufacturer will make every attempt to match patterns and align if within their ability. This also applies to side by side window applications. Please note: Though they make every attempt to align similar products of same size and height, some manufacturers do not promise alignment.
Side By Side Alignment:
If you are ordering shade that are side by side and need pattern or fold alignment, please specify this in your order comments. Not all products guarantee alignment even if they are the same height. However most manufacturers do try to match the products to the best of their ability if notified. This MUST be noted at time of order.
For any questions, please call Customer Service BEFORE placing your order and we will be happy to help!
At Urban Shade & Shutter We offer installation of all products that we sell as well as the products of many other Window Covering manufacturers. Including all typical blinds and shades both standard and motorized, draperies and interior shutters.
How to Clean Blinds
Roller Shades / Roman Shade Panel System / Vertical Blinds Wood Blinds Cellular Shades
Do not wash; use strong detergents, or spot removers. Dry cleaning is not recommended. Do not use water, strong detergents, or abrasive solutions to clean the blind; can cause damage. Avoid contact with window cleaning products.
Use a slightly damp cloth to blot gently or a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to clean your shades when dusty. Be careful not to wrinkle or crush the fabric when cleaning. Use a slightly damp cloth, you can either clean the blind hanging in place or you can take it down. Hint: By tilting the slats down slightly, but not quite closed, you'll be able to clean most of the top surface of each slat. Use a feather duster or a vacuum with an upholstery attachment; brush lightly over the shade. Or use a lukewarm damp sponge and lightly dab the shade.
Decorative Cloth tape: Use a soft sponge or cloth moistened with lukewarm water, blot gently.
What Style Fits your Decor ?
Your choices should reflect and enhance what you love about each room in your home. Explore some of our helpful tips.
Romantic Point of View
In many a room, the window is the source of the romance as it bathes it in warm light. Romantic living rooms and bedrooms take to window coverings that are rustic and warm such as a wood blind. Quaint English cottage-looks are achieved with Shutters or Wood Blinds, as are beach homes or island retreats.
A Revered Outlook
Time-honored rooms let your personal history shine through. Filled with traditions and mementos, they can be living rooms, home offices or bedrooms with a handsome, masculine feel, an English library for example, with Wood Blinds of dark-stained oak on the windows. Or, classic rooms with Wood Blinds accentuated with tapes to complement the furnishings. Honeycombs set off a home with a rich heritage inherent in the decor while protecting heirlooms from the sun.
"Invite the outdoors in, and make it part of your rooms cape."
Sights Set on Rustic
Rustic runs the gamut. Your idea might be a lodge in the heart of the city. With windows done in Southern knotty pine Wood Blinds, who's to know it's not Vermont? Rustic American country or folk art décor gets an extra layer of charm with Shutters or Roman Shades done in a linen textured fabric. Roller Shades in mesh, our Montego pattern, let in the filtered light and a whole lot of castaways atmosphere. Topping off many a rustic room, is a carved-look Cornice box over the window.
What Suits your Needs?
Consider before you choose whether you prefer complete privacy 100% of the time, or a moderate degree to maximize light. Perhaps your wish is to block a less than desirable view from a window. 3 Day Blinds has excellent choices in all respects, plus many Top Down Bottom Up upgrades for shades that allow you to have your privacy and your sunshine, too.
Great view ? Don't block it, frame it. Select a window treatment that opens up the outside world while still serving your other needs. As a rule, wider louvers or slats on blinds or shutters will offer more "view space" when opened. The top down/bottom up options for shades and horizontal blinds also provide a means for looking out while preserving privacy.
An insulating window covering is like an investment. It can pay for itself in the long run. Since experts claim we can lose up to 40% of energy through the glass panes, keeping a heating bill down in the winter and holding the cool air in during the summer is a big factor. Cells in Honeycomb Shades do this marvelously. Shutters and Vertical Blinds are also tops. Roman Shades, Faux Wood Blinds and Wood Blinds can be counted on to insulate well, too.
There are occasions when you wish to protect yourselves and your fine furnishings from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Western and Southern exposures are most vulnerable. Horizontal Sheer Shades are just one good choice when you want to bask in the sunshine without the harmful effects. On the other hand, there may be rooms where you wish to cut the light, or block it entirely for daytime sleepers or media room viewing. Many 3 Day Blinds shades and treatment are available with Room Dimming to Room Darkening features as an upgrade or an option.
Practical Above All
3 Day Blinds meets many specialized needs, but above all, the ease and safety of operation are paramount. Our blind and shade lifts are designed to protect children and pets from senseless accidents. We also offer free Child Safety Retrofit Kits to adapt cords on your existing window treatments. Our product line features a number of wipe-clean, extra durable window coverings for high traffic areas in family homes where pets and young children pass. Your laundry rooms, baths and kitchen or eating areas might benefit from the many attractive yet moisture-resistant treatments, including those in Faux Wood, Vertical or Horizontal Vinyl Blinds.
What Color and Material?
Gather Chips and Swatches
Before your design consultation, making a visit to a 3 Day Blinds showroom or making a single color decision on your own, pull together samples of your wall colors and swatches of your room's main fabric decor. If you have already ordered your free color swatches and chips from 3 Day Blinds, place these with your others on a small board or on index cards. Carry them along to refer to when unifying elements in a room.
Consider Your Space
To open up the room and make it appear larger, choose a color or material for your windows that is similar in tone to your walls. To make a room look and feel cozier, or turn the window into a focal point, use a contrast color.
Don't Be Afraid of Color
Color is a silent language. It sends subliminal messages that lift spirits and affect your comfort level in your home environment. Bolder or brighter colors add life to rooms like kitchens and children's spaces where there is lots of energy. Rustic colors drawn from the earth, including richly stained and honeyed woods, become color conduits, drawing the peace and tranquility of the outdoors in. Neutral shades warm up a room and showcase your accent pieces but neutral does not have to be "beige". Every color in the color wheel has its neutral point. With so many reasons to add color, and so many choices in the palette, is there any reason to think all-white rooms ever again?
All the Trimmings
For some window coverings such Roller Shades, it's time to choose the decorative borders and trims. For Wood and Faux Wood Blinds, the wide fabric tapes are part of the color and pattern fun. Match these to your rooms cape, picking up the same accent colors in several other spots around the room. If a cornice box is part of your plan, choose the carved effect and color that works best, making it the crowning touch of your décor.
Consider the Street View
Don't forget - there's another side to the window color story. Take into consideration how your choice will look from the outside of your windows. 3 Day Blinds has also considered this in Honeycomb Shades, Vinyl Blinds, Vinyl Vertical Blinds or Fabric Vertical Blinds with Channeled PVC Insert; all colors and patterns will appear neutral from the street view.