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Note: "The components depicted in this picture are for information purposes and in some instances they may not be the actual component of the product being purchased"



1. Always use a steel tape for accuracy

2. Round each measurement to the nearest 1/8”

3. Measure all windows, even those that appear to be the same width and height

4. Don’t forget to consider the stacking height of the product that you choose (refer to the table on page 4 for product stacking heights)


measuring guide 1

Step 2 MOUNTING DEPTH (inside mount only)

measuring guide 2

1. To properly mount a blind or shade inside the window’s frame, your frame must be deep enough to accommodate the mounting brackets (see the table below for mounting depth requirements).

2. If the depth of your window’s frame is not equal to or greater than the minimum mounting depth, you will need to mount your product outside the window frame (outside mount).

3. Flush mount is the depth required to mount a blind or shade so that it is fully recessed inside the window casing and no portion of the blind or shade protrudes from the window frame.

4. Minimum mounting depth is the depth required to mount a blind or shade inside the window casing (Note: A portion of the blind may protrude from the window frame).


Please note: Values in the following table are approximate.

measuring guide 3

Step 3 WHERE TO MEASURE (Inside Outside mount)

Inside Mount

1.Measure the window casing using the table below to determine where to measure your window and which of the measurements to record for ordering your blinds or shades.

2.Please note: Do not take any deductions from your measurements for clearance The factory will take necessary deductions, specific to each product , for the proper operation of your blind or shade.

measuring guide 4


Outside Mount

1.Measure the exact width to be covered, making sure the measurement overlaps the window opening by the amounts listed in the table below to ensure light control and privacy. Measure the exact height to be covered including the overlap listed in the table below to allow enough space on the wall or molding to affix the brackets. You can add to this overlap to make a small window appear larger, hide unattractive window molding, or to have the blind or shade stack (see step 4) off of the window when completely raised.

2.Please note: The factory will not take any deductions for an outside mount blind or shade. The blind or shade will be made to your measurements. For roller shades or solar screens, please be aware that the specified width is the “tip-to-tip” size of the operating mechanism on the shade and therefore, the fabric will always be at least 1” less than the specified width.


WHERE TO MEASURE (Special Measuring Situations)

Patio Doors

  • * Measure the width of the area to be covered at the place where the headrail will be installed to the nearest 1/8”. The blind should overlap the opening by at least 4” on each side to ensure privacy. Measure the length of the area to be covered and record to the nearest 1/8”. The blind should extend at least 3” above the opening or window molding. For ceiling-to-floor installations for outside mounts on patio doors, deduct ½” for proper clearance.

French Doors

  • To assure against light seepage, measure the width of the glass pane and any additional space that is available without interfering with the door handles. Usually you can go at least 1” on either side past the glass pane. Ideally, add 2” on each side, a total of 4 additional inches to the width. Measure the height of the window glass and add at least 2” at the top to allow room for mounting hardware and 2” below the bottom of the glass to ensure proper coverage. Thus, the total height will be the height of the window glass plus at least 4”.

Wide Windows (Multiple blinds on one head rail)

  • Measure the width of the window and divide it by the number of blinds. If you require blinds of different widths on one head rail, please call our sales department at 800-474-9404


  • A cut-out is a shade or blind with a small rectangular area removed from it to avoid obstructions like a tile backsplash or window air conditioner to ensure proper operation of your blind. Specific diagrams should be submitted for clarification or contact our sales department directly. Cut-outs are an additional charge.

Window Cranks

  • When you are measuring, it’s important to remember window cranks. Most often, people take the cranks off if they interfere with the window covering and replace them with T-handles, a small wing nut-type crank, for optimal blind performance.