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    Measuring Guidelines for Blinds, Draperies, and Window Coverings
    Precision pays, take your time and know your widow style.

    Measuring Dos and Don'ts
    • Do always measure the exact window intended for the treatment.
      Each window opening is unique.
    • Do always use a 3/4 or 1 inch steel tape measure.
    • Do measure the width and write it down; then measure the
      height and write it down.
    • Do measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch.
    • Don't assume a window is square.
    • Standard measuring procedures apply to all products that
      fit rectangular windows.
    • Specialty shapes and applications require special measuring
      procedures. Please contact a professional for a trouble-free installation.
    Inside Mount or Outside Mount?
    Inside Mount - Shade fits within window frame.
    Outside Mount - Shade overlaps window opening.

    For inside mounts, be sure the window opening is deep enough to install the mounting bracket. Measure the width inside the window opening at the top, middle and bottom. The top measurement is critical because the head rail must fit. Vertical applications require a top measurement only. Measure the height inside the window opening at the left, right, and center. Measure the window on the diagonal. If the two diagonal dimensions are not exactly the same, it may be necessary to use an outside mount for optimal light control and privacy. If heights in the window vary, order the shortest height for vertical treatments and the longest height for horizontal treatments.

    For outside mounts, measure the desired width and height. To minimize light leakage, the shade should overlap the window opening at least 2 inches on each side and at the bottom. When measuring the height, take into account the requirements for mounting the bracket attachment.


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