How to Measure for Vertical Window Blinds: A Complete Guide


When it comes to selecting the right window treatments for your home, vertical blinds offer both style and functionality. Accurately measuring for vertical blinds is crucial for achieving the desired outcome in your living space.

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Accurate measurements are important for blinds that fit well and work properly. If you want to improve privacy, control light, or add style, accurate measurements are key. Blinds that fit well and work properly can help improve privacy, control light, and add style.

To measure for vertical blinds, begin by determining the width and height of the window or door where you will install the blinds. Use a metal tape measure for accuracy, and measure in three places for both width and height to account for any variations.

When measuring the width, take the measurement at the top, middle, and bottom of the window or door frame. For the height, measure from the top of the window frame to the desired length for the blinds.

It is also important to consider any obstructions such as handles or locks that may affect the installation of the blinds. Make note of these measurements and factor them into your overall dimensions.

By taking the time to accurately measure for vertical blinds, you can ensure a seamless installation and a finished look that enhances the functionality and aesthetics of your living space.. At Made in the Shade Front Range, we understand the importance of perfect fit and finish. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the measuring process—and remember, we’ll bring the showroom to you with our free in-home consultation.

1. Prepare Your Measuring Tools

Before you start, gather essential tools: a metal measuring tape, a notepad, and a pencil. Metal tapes ensure precise measurements, crucial for large areas like sliding glass doors and wide windows.

2. Decide on Inside or Outside Mount

  • Inside Mount: For a sleek appearance, choose inside mount blinds, fitting snugly within the window frame. Measure width and height in three spots (top, middle, bottom for width, left, middle, right for height). Use the narrowest width and shortest height for accurate fit.
  • Outside Mount: Optimal for shallow-depth windows, outside mount blinds are installed beyond the window frame. Measure width and height, adding 3-4 inches to each dimension to minimize light gaps. Look for blinds made from easy-to-clean, durable materials for long-lasting performance.

3. Measuring Width and Height

  • Width: For inside mount, measure the inside width of the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom. Record the smallest measurement. For outside mount, measure the desired width across, including extra space for optimal light control and privacy.
  • Height: Measure the height from the top inside edge down to the sill for inside mounts. For outside mounts, start the measurement from where you’ll place the top of the blind to where you want the blind to end.

4. Check for Obstacles

Ensure no obstructions like handles, cranks, or moldings, including vertical blind parts, will interfere with the operation of your blinds. Adjust your measurements if necessary to accommodate any potential impediments.

5. Double-Check Your Measurements

It’s vital to double-check your measurements for accuracy. Any error can result in ill-fitting blinds that won’t serve their purpose effectively.

At Made in the Shade Front Range, we specialize in providing top-quality vertical blinds tailored to your specific needs. We proudly serve Greeley, Milliken, Platteville, Brighton, and surrounding areas, ensuring that our clients receive personalized service right in the comfort of their homes. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 970-590-5563 to schedule your free in-home consultation. Our professional measuring and installation services ensure that your new vertical blinds fit perfectly and look fantastic.

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