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Tips to Measure
 
  • Kindly use a metal measuring tape, as flexible cloth tapes are not accurate.

  • Take notes clearly. Indicate which measurement is the width and which is the length. It is very common to mix up measurements.

  • Measure each window separately. Although windows might appear to be the same size, they could vary enough to require different size treatments.

  • Many windows are not square. Measure for width in three places: top of window, middle of window, and bottom of window. For an inside mount, go by the narrowest width, otherwise your window treatment might not be able to fit inside the window casing. If any of your top, middle or bottom measurements differ by more than 3/8", consider an outside mount to hide the imperfection.



 
Horizontal blinds & plates, roll-up and roman shades

Inside mount installation:
Width: Measure [A] where headrail will be installed.
Length: Measure [B] from top of inside casing to windowsill.

Outside mount installation:
Width: Measure [C] where headrail will be installed. For maximum privacy and light control, horizontal blind and pleated shade headrails must overlap window opening at least 1 1/2" on each side: Roman shades must overlap window at least 2" on each side.
Length: Measure [D] where top of headrail will be installed to the sill or floor.

 
Inside mount vs. flush inside mount

Inside mount installation:
For this type of mount, the brackets will be installed on the inside face of your window casing, so the blind or shade will fit inside the window.

Flush Inside mount installation:
The brackets are installed the same way as an inside mount mentioned above. However, additional casement depth is needed so the blind will not protrude past the window opening.

Order items 2 to 3 times window width to achieve desired fullness after shirring

B. windowsill Length
C. apron length
D. floor length
 
For rod - pocket and pole - top

Determine Width:
Measure window width [A] including casing, if any. Rod pocket items are not hung flat - they are gathered and shirred, so you'll need extra fabric to cover your window.

Determine Length:
Measure how far down you want your window covering to go. You generally have three options when determining the length.
Measure from the top of the rod or pole to the windowsill [B]. Subtract 1/2" from that measurement and order that length.
Measure from the top of the rod or pole to the apron [C]. Order that length. Measure from the top of the rod or pole to the floor [D]. Subtract 1/2" from that measurement and order that length.

  B. windowsill Length
C. apron length
D. floor length
     
     
Return:
The measurement
from the wall to the
face of the rod.
  Stackback:
The amount
of space needed on
either side of the
window if pinch-
pleated draperies
are to clear the
glass when they are
completely opened.
 
Pinch - pleated draperies

To replace existing draperies:
Simply measure across the top of both panels. Order that width. Next, measure down the side of one of the panels. Order that length.

To measure for new draperies:
Determine Width:
You will first need to determine your rod width.

Determine Drapery Length
The rod should be positioned at least 2" to 4" above the window so pleats are not seen from the outside. Measure for length from where the top of the rod will be positioned to the desired length. Most common lengths are to the windowsill [B], just below the window trim (or apron) [C], or to the floor [D]. If using a decorative traverse rod or pole with rings, measure from the eye of the carrier or ring to the sill, apron or floor. Apron in normally calculated by adding 6" to the height till the sill.