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Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Going blind…

Measuring Windows for blinds is most peoples idea of a nightmare…where do I measure? How much do I allow? What if I get it wrong? …these are some of the questions we repeatedly get asked. Mistakes can be costly so to help, we have prepared a few helpful guides which hopefully will give you the confidence to measure accurately.

Blinds are definitely an area that people struggle measuring the most as it does need to be fairly exact…especially if the blind is going in the window recess. I always advise people to take a left hand and a right hand drop measurement and go for the longest measurement…believe it or not, many windows are not straight!

Another tip is to always measure the width near the top and the bottom of the window but this time go with the narrowest measurement. This is because you want your blind to move up and down without hinderance and if you went for the widest measurement, there will come a point on the blinds upward/downward journey where it is going to get stuck!!


If your windows are quite small or you want to make them appear to be bigger, a way to do this is it site your roman blind on the outside of the windows recess (your actual wall!). We would always recommend you increase the height of your blind approx. 10cm (can be less or more depending on the window – although don’t go more than 20cm if you have a stacked blind as you don’t want to see any of the wall above the window opening when the blind is fully up) so that only a minimal amount of the glass is actually hidden by the blind when fully up. This will increase the natural light permeating into the room and make the window look taller.

When measuring for a blind sitting on the outside recess, we tend to measure from sill to sill then plus a few centimetres each side. For the drop, measure from the height above the window that you want (for example 15cm) then drop it below the sill plus a few centimetres.

Click here to view our measuring guide for blinds.

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