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How To Measure For Window Blinds Perfectly - The Complete Guide

Updated: Aug 1

Do you want to measure up for blinds with pinpoint accuracy?

How To Measure For Window Blinds Perfectly - A complete guide for all types of blinds and all types of installations.
How to measure for blinds | Real Blinds

Well, of course you do…who would ever want their blind measurements too small or too large?

There’s countless blogs & companies out there trying to explain how to do this, but which one has the best advice?

Most other blind measuring blogs only mention about internal or external mount, but there are more locations and considerations than just this.

Measuring your property for blinds might seem daunting at first, but I’ve come up with a complete guide that is easy to use that you can get perfect blind measurements any place any time.

I will explain to you the different locations to install blinds like internal, external, ceiling mount. Then I’ll go through with you how to measure blinds for all types of scenarios starting with the basics of measuring for most blinds, measuring between tiles, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, bay windows and more.

Measuring the width can vary between types of blinds and installation locations. However, measuring for heights is generally the same processes throughout.

Note that the material of a roller blind is 35mm smaller than the measurement you provide. Provide us with the total dimension and we will make all the deductions.

If you follow this guide and don’t achieve your desired results, you can get in touch and I will personally walk you through how to measure for blinds in your place.

Step 1 – Where to install

Step 2 – Measuring the width

Step 3 – Measuring the height

You will need a metal tape measure and either a pen and paper or smartphone to take down dimensions.


Step #1: Deciding on the best location to install the blind

I have come across hundreds of factors that would impact, which location you should choose to hang your blinds. About 98% of blinds I see are in the correct location, however, a large number of blinds are installed into the wrong location.

So, which blind location is going to suit your blinds?

Internal mount – This is ideally where you want most of your blinds to be to achieve a clean look. For square set windows, you should if practical chose to put your blinds inside of the window. This will give your blinds a flush look, when down, in line with the wall and make the blinds look more a part of the window instead of an extension.

How to measure for blinds | Internal Mount/Inside Mount
Internal Measurements

External mount – The blind is to be mounted to the outside of the window frame overlapping all sides. This option can provide you with additional darkness, privacy and can cover an unattractive window. This is common in bedrooms, nurseries, theatre rooms, if you bought a ready-made blind that won’t fit internally, windows that are not deep enough, or if internal mounting is just not an option.

Some roller blind options have a different backing material and are not recommended to be reverse rolled, which in some cases are better installed internal mount.

TIP - For additional coverage, on the measure add an extra 10mm each side to increase coverage of the blind.

How to measure for blinds | External Mount/Outside Mount
External Measurements

Windows with an architrave – Some older or classical style properties have architraves around their windows. The blind is to be mounted on the outer flat part of the architrave

How to measure for blinds | installed onto an Architrave
Architrave Measurements

Between tiles – Usually an internal mount, especially if there is cabinetry obstructing an external mount. See step two for further details on measuring.

How to measure for blinds | Blinds Between Tiles | Internal Mount
Measurement Between Tiles

Into tiles - If you can avoid installing into this location that will eliminate the risk of cracking a tile. An alternative to this location is done by extending out the bracketing from the window and installing into the aluminium frame. Installing blinds onto tiles is possible if done correctly, but you always run the risk of a tile cracking during installation.

Sliding doors internal mount– Most sliding doors have a mullion, which is a bar that sticks up and can obstruct a roller blind from being internally mounted. Sometimes you can mount the blind further out from the window to avoid the mullion.

If not, the solution is to get a pencil, masking tape, a hacksaw and step ladder and draw a diagonal line, then slowly standing on the step ladder cut the top of this pieces off. This is best done when you have the blind, which with some types of blinds you can use the brackets as a measuring guide of how much to take off, otherwise use the blind itself to test. Make sure the blind has at least 2mm clearance when it is fully rolled up and the door can slide without touching the blind or the bracket.

It's a safe practice to use a strip of masking tape along the front to stop the hack saw sliding down and scratching the paint off the lower part of the mullion. In Step two I will discuss how to measure for both sliding doors and bi-folding doors.

How to measure for both sliding doors and bi-folding doors.
What You Need
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Draw, Tape & Saw
Removing Mullion For Blinds - What You Need To Know | Real Blinds
Sliding Door Functions With Blind Internal

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Ceiling Mounted Roller Blind

Ceiling mount – Most common for curtains or, windows or doors that go right up to the roof.

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Round, parallel or unusual shaped windows – These windows have a limited amount of options for coverings. Some products that could work are Vertical Blinds, Custom Shutters or Panel Glides. It is quite common that these types of windows that do not have a privacy or sun issue get no covering at all.

When selecting your location here is a list of things to consider that may obstruct your blind.


Measurement Details for Blinds

One further consideration that may obstruct your blind is the depth measurement allowed to fit your blind, and here is a table to help.


Checklist For Obstructions

Now that you have a better understanding of where a blind should be mounted, let’s get straight into the measuring.

Step #2: Measuring the width of the area requiring a blind

Measuring basics for internal / external mount and windows with architraves

So, let’s begin with the basic and most common technique to measure. This is the approach you can use to measure the width for most types of blinds in most scenarios. Afterwards, I go into details of other techniques to use in less common scenarios.

So, get your tape measure out and extend the measure end out to the point you want the blind to begin.

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Now, I want you to extend the tape measure past the point you want to measure and take a reading in millimetres.

This photo shows you that you hold the tape when it's extended out over the point you are measuring. You will need to take the millimetre dimension.

1m=1000mm | 50cm=500mm | 10cm=100mm | 5cm=50mm | 1cm=10mm

An example of a blind width measurement would be like 2403mm or 1802mm

So, write down the measurement you took. Now, just like you did before, do the same thing and get the measurement for the top, middle and bottom.

Measure For Blinds Internal And External Diagram | Real Blinds

Now, out of the 3 measurements you have taken I want you to discard the two larger measurements and only keep the smallest measurement. Most windows or frames are not straight and it's common you will see variation, so the safest option is to go with the smaller dimension.

If you ordered a blind that was too big, unless you’re an expert you shouldn’t cut it down. However, if you ordered a blind that was too small, if it's less than about 15mm, well this is within tolerance and acceptable to hang. Just make sure a short blind has its gaps even on both sides, so if it's 14mm too small have an excess 7mm gap either side.

In most cases, this technique will work for all of your blinds so feel free to skip to step 3 where we will discuss measuring the height.

Measuring for blinds between tiles

It’s common in kitchen and bathrooms to have tiles, which in window areas are usually part-way up your recess. For most blinds take a measurement between the tiles on opposite ends.

For roller blinds take a measurement between the walls. If the difference between the tile and between the dimension of the wall is 25mm or more than use the tile to tile dimension. Keep in mind to base rail of the roller blind width is 30mm less than the wall to wall measurement you take.

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Rollers Only Tiles Under 13mm

Measuring for blinds on sliding doors

Refer to Step 1 for the process to remove the top of the mullion, which is a common obstruction for internal mounting roller blinds in sliding doors. For multiple blinds inside the frame of a sliding door, first make sure the door is fully closed. Then you take a measurement from the side to the middle of the mullion in the door. Avoid the gap of separate roller blinds falling with glass behind them as this will create a significant light gap between them and not look correct, always have blind brackets meeting together at the middle of the width of the mullion.

For multiple blinds take individual measurements and do not divide from a total measurement, because this is not always accurate.

If you have any questions about measuring for sliding doors, you can give me a call and I’m happy to provide details on how to measure for this.

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Measuring for roller blinds on bi-fold doors

B-fold doors commonly will have 5 panels. To avoid an issue of a chain hanging down when the doors are fully opened up and the roller blinds are up, you should aim to cover this space in two roller blinds. The smaller roller blind should be on the doorway section.

Most roller blinds are limited to 3000mm, I have a solution for a view screen that is up to 3200mm. For multiple blinds take individual measurements as dividing total measurements is not always accurate.

If you have issues covering this space with two roller blinds and require 3 roller blinds. Measure one small roller blind for the main door and two roller blinds for the two sets of other doors. If you have an even number of panels you should measure in twos.

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Measuring for blinds on angled bay windows

Bay windows are a much more challenging area to measure for as the dimensions will be varying for different types of blinds and the be different angle each window is on.

A simple solution would be to get us to do a free measure Sydney & Melbourne wide, or take all the widths dimensions to each side, and send these to us with plenty of photos and we will be able to work from there.

Otherwise here is a technique that can be used to get accurate angled bay window dimensions. You will need your tape measure, two pieces of A4 paper and a pencil.

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Step 1

Get your pen and the two pieces of A4 paper. Draw a dot on the long edge at the measurement projected for the type of blind you are interested in on both pieces of paper. The projected measurements are just below.

Measuring For Bay Windows - Dotting Paper Technique | Real Blinds

Step 2

Put the two dots together and line the paper up flat on the bay window where to windows meet.

Measuring Blinds For Bay Windows - Paper To Window | Real Blinds

Step 3

In-between, where the two dots are on the paper mark a dot in pencil on the floor or where the countertop, is.