Windows are a significant part of any home, adding character and natural light to any space. However, when it comes to dressing up your windows, it can be a challenge to find the right window treatments that not only match your home decor but also fit your windows perfectly. Measuring your windows accurately is the first step towards achieving the perfect fit for your window treatments, and in this article, we’ll guide you through the process.
Window Treatments: Inside vs Outside Mounts
Before we dive into the measuring process, let’s talk about the different types of window treatments available in the market. Understanding the types of window treatments and their mounting options is crucial to choosing the right fit for your windows. The two primary mounting options for window treatments are inside mount and outside mount.
Inside mount window treatments are mounted inside the window frame, giving the windows a clean and sleek look. This mounting option allows you to showcase the window trim and moulding, making it ideal for those who want to highlight these architectural details. However, it’s essential to note that inside mount treatments require a hyper-accurate measurement, as they need to fit inside the window frame.
Outside mount window treatments are installed outside the window frame, giving a more substantial and fuller look to the windows. This mounting option is ideal for those who want to add drama and depth to their windows, making the room appear larger. Outside mount treatments can also hide any imperfections in the window frame, such as cracks, stains, or claw marks from overtly excited kitties watching the birds.
Tools Needed for Measuring Windows
Before you start measuring, you’ll need a few tools to ensure accuracy:
- Measuring Tape – A good quality measuring tape that measures in inches is essential.
- Step Stool or Ladder – Depending on the height of your windows, you may need a step stool or ladder to reach them.
- Pen and Paper – To jot down your measurements.
- Level – A level helps ensure that your measurements are straight and accurate.
Tips for Measuring Your Windows
Always measure twice to ensure accuracy. It’s better to take a few extra minutes to measure again than to end up with window treatments that don’t fit correctly.
Measure in Three Places
Measure the window width at the top, middle, and bottom, and use the smallest measurement to ensure a perfect fit. For the height, measure at the left, middle, and right, and use the longest measurement to ensure that the window treatments cover the entire window.
Take Note of Obstructions
Note any obstructions, such as window locks, handles, or cranks, that may interfere with the installation of your window treatments. Take into account the clearance you’ll need to operate the window without damaging your treatments.
Account for Overlap
Account for overlap when measuring outside mount window treatments. The recommended overlap is around two inches on each side to cover the window entirely.
Use a Level
Ensure that the measuring tape is straight and level, especially when measuring the height of the window. This helps you to avoid ending up with window treatments that are crooked.
Measure to the Nearest 1/8th inch
It’s crucial to measure to the nearest 1/8th inch to ensure an accurate fit for your window treatments.
Measuring for Inside Mount vs Outside Mount Treatments
When measuring for inside mount treatments, start by measuring the width of the window at the top, middle, and bottom. When completing this measurement, ensure that you measure from the inside of the window frame. After you have measured everything twice, take note of the smallest measurement to ensure that your treatments will fit inside the window frame. For the height, measure at the left, middle, and right, and use the smallest measurement to ensure that your treatments don’t touch the windowsill.
On the other hand, when measuring for outside mount treatments, measure the width of the window from the outside edge of the window frame. You will then want to add two inches to each side for overlap. For the height, measure from the top of the window frame to the desired length of the treatments, typically one inch above the windowsill. Then, you also want to add two inches to the bottom to account for overlap.
It’s essential to note that different types of window treatments may require different measurements. For instance, if you’re installing blinds, you’ll need to consider the depth of the window frame to ensure that your blinds fit correctly. If you’re installing drapes, you’ll need to account for the rod’s length, the drapes’ desired length, and any extra fabric needed for fullness – especially if you are going for that slightly folded aesthetic.
Once you’ve taken all the measurements, double-check them to ensure accuracy. It’s also a good idea to check with the manufacturer or retailer to ensure you have the correct measurements for the specific type of window treatment you’ve chosen.
Utilize The Blind Guy for Professional, Accurate Services
At The Blind Guy, we understand that measuring your windows can be a daunting task, especially if you have uniquely shaped windows or windows in hard-to-reach places. That’s why we offer professional window treatment services to help you achieve the perfect fit for your windows. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We’ll guide you through the entire process, from measuring your windows to choosing the right window treatments that match your home decor and fit your windows perfectly.