Because of their utilitarian function, window dressings are often overlooked for their value in accenting or creating a beautiful home aesthetic. But, the fact is that even the simplest window dressings offer a variety of opportunities to play with the small details that can make a nice room into something breathtaking. Window blinds are a great example of a small detail that can have a big impact.
With or without draperies, window blinds offer light control and privacy to any room, but they can also be a source of beauty - particularly the "inside mount blind" that has no external mounting and appears to emerge directly from within the window. Modern blinds, offering a variety of colors, patterns, and textures can play with these same elements in the rest of your decor allowing you to create a layered and professional look in your spaces. The hardest part: hanging the blinds. And the first step to hanging anything is getting the measurements just right. You'll need the right tools, and just a bit of know-how. So before you plunge into your next design masterpiece, take a second to peruse this brief step-by-step guide to measuring for inside mount blinds to make sure you get your measurements right the first time.
Time Required: Varied
What You Need:
- Steel measuring tape
- Paper and pencil
- A ladder or step stool if the window is high
- For an "inside mount blind" you must determine if there's enough room to install a blind and its heading in the window opening. If the edge of the window is flush with the wall, you'll need to use an "outside mount" blind.
- Measure the width of the window opening in 3 places--at the top, in the middle, and along the bottom edge or sill. Use the measurement to within 1/8 inch. You'll use the narrowest of these three measurements for your inside-mount blind width.
- Measure the height of the window opening in 3 different places--along the left side, in the middle, and along the right side. Use the measurement to within 1/8 inch. You'll use the longest of these measurements for your inside-mount blind length.
- Always measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch. Do not round the measurement up or down.
- When writing the measurement, list the width first, then the height. The proper measurement would be "width X height."
- If you are not sure about how to make accurate measurements, you'll want to pay to have someone from the blind company come to your home to measure.
- If you provide your own measurements, you'll be responsible if the blinds do not fit. Blinds are custom items and must be perfect to look right.