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Guide to Roman Blinds

Measuring Your Roman Blinds


Blinds can sit either inside or outside the window recess.  Before taking the measurements, you need to decide which option you want. 

Inside the Recess

 Make sure that the recess is not obstructed in any way and is at least 7.5cm deep to accommodate the operating mechanisms. Where possible fix to the ceiling 6cm in front of the window. This will allow the blind folds to fold up neatly behind.

  • Measure the length from the top to the bottom of the recess (a-b)
  • Measure the width of the recess (c-d) from the narrowest point to allow the blind to fit in the recess.
  • Note which side you would like the cord – right or left.

 

 

Outside the Recess

First check for obstructions that might stop your blind hanging freely and then decide how far you want the fabric to overlap the recess. This is generally a minimum of 5cm on all sides.

  • Measure the length from the top to the bottom of the window plus the overlap (e-f).
  • Measure the width plus the overlap (g-h).
  • Note which side you would like the cord – right or left

 

Fixed To Window Architrave (Frame)

First, decide whether you want your roman blind to hang on the outside or inside edge of the window architrave.

  • Measure the length of the inside edge of the architrave or outside edge if placing on the outside edge of the architrave.
  • Measure the width of the inside edge of the architrave or outside edge if choosing to hang outside the edge of the architrave.

  • Note which side you would like the cord – right or left

 

Measuring for a Bay Window

  • Remember that your roman blind will protrude from the surface by 5cm.

  • Where the angles of the window meet you must allow for the blind baton to protrude - so don't measure all the way into the corner. Get a helper to hold a ruler or tape protruding 5cm and measure up to this point and deduct 1cm.

  • Remember that the centre blind will have a baton on both sides so deduct 1cm from each side for this blind.

  • Think about where your strings/controls will hang. If you have four blinds you may want two to operate on the left hand side and two on the right hand side.

  • We recommend having sidewinder operated blinds in bay windows because there are no cleats and strings to worry about.
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