How To Measure Roman Blinds

Terry Baskeyfield | Updated

Measuring Roman Blinds

The following steps on how to measure Roman blinds are designed for individuals who want to order customised blinds for their residences and offices via online sites. Keep in mind that measuring for Roman blinds should be a case of accuracy preferably down to the last millimeter; ill-fitting blinds where the window or door frames are concerned will neither work in a proper manner nor look nice as expected.

Before Measuring the Frames

Fortunately, measuring the frames and, hence, determining the size of made to measure Roman blinds is easy. Just be sure to gather the appropriate tools particularly a measuring tape (i.e., the steel type used by woodworkers and carpenters works best in this case) as well as pencil and paper for taking down the measurements before starting on the work. Use a safety ladder, too, when measuring the window or door frame lest you suffer from injuries brought by a fall when using other unsuitable platforms, such as a chair.

It also pays to follow the carpenter's adage - measure twice, cut once. Basically, you should measure the frame, put down the exact measurements, and then measure the frame again. You must then make comparisons between the two measurements just so you can be sure that you have the right ones.

You should also decide whether the Roman blinds will be mounted on the interior or the exterior of the frame. The steps in taking measurements for Roman blinds will be different for these two types of mounts, which can also be said for their appearance and purposes once mounted.

Interior Mount

In an interior mount, the Roman blinds will be fitted into the recess of the window frame. This will give the blinds a clean and customised look while also leaving the window board exposed when the blinds are closed. Keep in mind that interior mounts are best for windows with deep recesses.

• Check that the Roman blinds can attached directly to the frame, or to the recess soffit, or to the sides of the recess. You want to make sure that there is sufficient room on the frame to fit in the shades.
• Measure the window recess for the Roman blinds. The smallest measurement will be the drop size; measure the width of the window as well. Carefully look for any obstructions like power or phone sockets to adjust for the width size.

Be sure to check with the manufacturer or retailer about the adjustments for your measurements. These adjustments are related to the drop and width sizes for the Roman blinds' headrail, pull cord, and bottom bar, among other parts.

Exterior Mount

If the window recess does not have sufficient room for an interior mount, then obviously an exterior mount is the best option. It is, nonetheless, a desired option when better light control, or better heat retention in winter, or larger appearance to small windows is desired.

• Allow for an overlap at the top, sides, and bottom of the Roman blinds, which will minimise light leakage from the all sides. This is true for rooms where light leakage should be minimised, if not avoided, such as in a dark room for photography. Experts recommend at least 10 to 15 centimeters for the overlaps.
• Measure the width where the blind will be placed; this is the exact width.
• Measure the length where the blind will be, again, allowing for the overlap; this is the exact drop.

The manufacturer of the customised Roman blinds will usually make the items according to these specifications. The blinds will be delivered with no allowances since it is assumed that you have already made the necessary measurements in this regard.

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