WHAT YOU WILL NEED

• A rigid metal tape measure works best and a piece of paper and a pen, or I-Pad, to record your notes. • Tape measure (metal ones are best)
• Pen and paper or to record your notes. You can download our Measurement Sheet to help
• Download our measuring sheet PDF

HANDY HINTS

Take all your measurements in millimetres (mm) to the nearest mm.

When measuring, take note of items such as window handles or stays and take their position into account if necessary. This is so you can be sure of the perfect fit. All of our blinds can be fitted into your window frame (recess) or wall/ lintel (face). This gives you complete control over the positioning of your blind.

FACE OR RECESS

A personal choice here – Recess is ideal to give a minimalist appearance (very popular in modern homes today) whereas Face fixed allows you to reduce the light coming past the sides of the blinds.

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A RECESS MEASUREMENT

For all types of blinds follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang inside the window recess.

Note: For inside mounted blinds – from your provided “tight” measurements the factory will make a deduction to allow for fitting. This will result in a gap each side of venetian slats or roller fabric.

  1.  Measure the width of the recess from wall to wall in 3 places (top, middle, bottom). Note down the shortest measurement.
  2.  Measure the drop by taking the measurement from the top of the recess to the window sill in 3 places. Note down the longest measurement – this is the one we’ll use.

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A FACE MEASUREMENT

For all types of blinds follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess.

  1. Measure the exact width of where you’d like your blind to be. Usually a 50mm overlap for coverage is sufficient. Note down the measurement.
  2. Measure the exact drop from the top of where you want your blind to be to the bottom. Usually a 50mm overlap is sufficient. Note down the measurement.
  3. NOTE; THE MEASUREMENT GIVEN IS TAKEN AS OUTSIDE BRACKET TO OUTSIDE BRACKET  (ON ROLLER BLINDS THIS MEANS THE FABRIC WILL BE APPROX 30MM NARROWER THAN MEASUREMENT)

SPECIAL MEASURING APPLICATIONS French doors:

The wider and taller you specify your product, the better your privacy, insulation, and light control. You also need room 60mm x 20mm vary per blind for the mounting brackets at the top, and the optional hold-down brackets at the bottom. Consider mounting the window treatment a bit higher than you’d think so when the blind is raised it blocks less of your view. Add at least 100mm at the top.

For the width, add at least 20 to 30mm on both sides of the glass. Usually the deadbolt latch, however, will constrain the width you’d prefer. The product will usually fall just inside the deadbolt. In the case of a lever handle, the product will slip between the handle and the door.

All products will work on either a wood or metal door. For metal doors, you’ll probably need “metal screws” designed for attaching to metal doors, which are normally hollow.

Tile and wood obstructions:

Sometimes tile or trim wrap around into the window, usually several inches up from the bottom. This is common near kitchen sinks (back-splashes) and bathtubs. Most products can be cut by the manufacturers on the products’ sides to accommodate this. There is a slight surcharge depending on the product and whether the cutout is on one or both sides.

Window Cranks:

Measure so that your product hangs in front of the crank. Consider adding an inch or so to mitigate the slight bulge the product will make as it hangs in front of the crank. Also, the crank can usually be removed or re-positioned to point upwards, which minimizes its projection and obstruction. You may also be able to find a crank replacement device that looks like a wing-nut, and has a tiny projection.

Sliding Doors:

All our blinds can be specified to mount either within the door frame or over it on the wall. When determining this, consider whether the handle is an obstruction, and the amount of depth available. There is sometimes moulding or trim near the baseboard which may have to be removed, or at least taken into consideration when determining width. For an outside mount it is normally sufficient to measure about 80mm wider on both sides. The wider you specify, the better your privacy, insulation, and light control. For the height, specify about 100mm above the top of the frame.

Shallow sill depth:

30mm minimum sill depth is required to fasten all brackets and the minimum depth necessary for a flush mount (where the product does not protrude into the room. It has been our experience, however, that 60mm is necessary to securely anchor brackets for Timber Venetians and creation woods; you’ll need to angle the screw back towards the glass and occasionally add one extra bracket. NZ Blinds will not be responsible for products which are not within the manufacturers’ specifications. Give us a call, or email for further explanation.

Corner windows:

When two outside mount verticals meet in a corner, or when other inside mount products meet in a corner where there is only glass (no sheetrock), there can be a privacy problem. That’s due to a gap where the products “meet”. In order to minimize the problem, consider making one product bypass the other, then specify the other product to butt into the first. (See illustration.)

Make sure your width is measured before the drop and is clearly marked. Check measurement in three places to allow for window dicrepancies. Note the side you wish the controls to be that they are easily accessed.

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