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How To Measure

Measuring Instructions - Window Blinds or Shades

You can mount your blinds or shades inside the window opening or casing or outside mounted to the wall above the window. Make sure to take into account any obstructions such as window cranks or cabinets.

In order to mount the blinds or shades inside a window opening or casing, make sure you have enough window depth. The depth needed for all products is listed on the specification tab on every products page.

Inside Mount Window Blinds and Shade MeasuringInside Mount Window Blinds and Shades

When mounting blinds inside the window opening or casing.

  1. Measure the exact width inside the window opening or frame in 3 places. Use the smallest dimension. Make no deductions the factory will make a small deduction to assure proper operating clearance.
  2. Measure the exact height inside the window opening or frame in 3 places. Use the longest dimension.
  3. Enter exactly what your window opening or frame measures. Take NO deductions.
  4. Ensure you have enough window depth. See individual products for details.

The factory will take proper deductions to fit the size window you specify.

 

 

Outside Mount Window Blinds and Shades MeasuringOutside Mount Window Blinds and Shades

When mounting blinds outside the window opening or casing.

  1. Measure the exact width the blind or shade will cover.  This should include desired overlap, the more overlap you add the better privacy and light control you will have. (Minimum recommended overlap is 2" per side.)
  2. Measure the exact height the blind or shade will cover.  This should include desired overlap, the more overlap you add the better privacy and light control you will have. (Minimum recommended overlap is 2" top and bottom.)

The factory will take NO deductions or make any additions on outside mount blinds or shades. The size you enter will be the finished size of your blind or shade. You MUST add for overlap desired.

 

Shutter Measuring Instructions

Note the size you order will be the finished outside frame size of your shutter from outside edge to outside edge.  You must deduct from the width and height of your opening for needed clearance if you are doing an inside mount shutter.  If you are doing an outside mount shutter you must add your desired overlap to all four sides.

STEP 1: Determine Type Of Mount-We strongly recommend outside mount for shutters.

Shutters may be mounted either inside the window opening or casing or outside the window opening or casing to the wall or molding. There are 2 factors that determine whether an inside mount is possible.

  1. Window Frame Depth
  2. Window Frame Squareness
  3. Only the Beaded L-frame may be mounted inside your window opening.

Window Frame Depth

Inside Mount (L-frame only):
 
L-frame with 1 1/4" louvers - 2"
L-frame with 2 1/2" louvers - 2 1/4"
L-frame with 3 1/2" louvers - 2 1/2"
L-frame with 4 1/2" louvers - 3"
 
Outside Mount:
 
L-frame with 1 1/4" louvers - 0 window depth needed
L-frame with 2 1/2" louvers - 1/4"
L-frame with 3 1/2" louvers - 1/2"
L-frame with 4 1/2" louvers - 1"
2" Decorative Frame with 1 1/4" louvers - 0 window depth needed
2" Decorative Frame with 2 1/2" louvers - 5/8"
2" Decorative Frame with 3 1/2" louvers - 1 1/8"
2" Decorative Frame with 4 1/2" louvers - 1 5/8"
3" Decorative Frame with 1 1/4" louvers - 0 window depth needed
3" Decorative Frame with 2 1/2" louvers - 5/8"
3" Decorative Frame with 3 1/2" louvers - 1 1/8"
3" Decorative Frame with 4 1/2" louvers - 1 5/8"

In order to mount shutters inside a window opening or casing, make sure you have enough window depth. Make sure to take into account obstructions such as window cranks.

Window Frame Squareness

In order to determine if your window is square, measure the window diagonally from bottom left corner to top right and bottom right to top left. If the 2 measurements differ by more than 1/2" we recommend an outside mount shutter. Outside mount shutters are mounted to the wall outside the window frame therefore they will account for your window being out of square. Make sure to take into account obstructions such as cabinets.

 

Shutter Inside / Z-Mount Measuring

Inside Mount - Only when using Beaded L-frame.

  1. Measure the exact width inside the window opening or frame in 3 places. Use the smallest dimension. 
  2. Measure the exact height inside the window opening or frame in 3 places. Use the shortest dimension.
  3. Deduct how much clearance you want, we recommend at least -1/4" for width and height. You will need to caulk or fill in any gaps between your shutter and window frame.
  4. Ensure you have enough window depth. See depth chart above.

The factory will take NO deductions or make any additions to the size you enter. The size you enter will be the finished size of your shutters.  You MUST deduct for needed clearance.

 

 

Shutter Outside Mount MeasuringOutside Mount

  1. Measure the exact width the shutter will cover. This should include desired overlap.
  2. Measure the exact height the shutter will cover. This should include desired overlap. If you are mounting on top of an existing window sill and ordering the shutter to sit on top of that window sill add overlap to the top only. We recommend either a 3 sided frame with a sill bottom to sit on top of the window sill. Your height should be from your window sill to where you want the shutter to go up to.
  3. Make sure to account for any window sills, if your window sill sticks out past the wall or window casing your shutter should sit on top of the window sill as indicated in step 2, not go below it. If you would like the shutter to go below a window sill that sticks out call our customer service department. The amount of overlap recommended depends on the type of frame you are ordering. 
Overlap:
For outside mount shutters you need to add to your window opening size the proper overlap so the shutter goes past your window opening. 
L-frame - Add 2" to all four sides.
2" Decorative Frame - Add 2" to all four sides.
3" Decorative Frame - Add 3" to all four sides.
If you are resting your shutter on top of a window sill do not add the overlap to the bottom.

The factory will take NO deductions or make any additions to the size you enter. The size you enter will be the finished size of your shutters. You MUST add for overlap desired.

* Width and Height measurements may vary + / - 1/8" on all products. Direct Buy Blinds is not responsible for customer sizes or order entry errors, customer assumes full responsibility for all sizes entered.  All products are custom made to order and production normally begins the day an order is placed. No changes or cancellations can be made once production has begun.  Since ALL Direct Buy Blinds products are custom made to order they cannot be resold in the normal course of business and therefore cannot be returned for any reason.

 

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