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Measuring Instructions

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Faux Wood Blinds  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Faux Wood Blinds

Blindster offers two types of faux wood blinds: inside mount and outside mount. Inside mount blinds are typically installed in windows with deep frames, while outside mount blinds are installed on windows with shallow frames or to hide unattractive window frames.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mounts require window frames at least 1 1/8" deep for installation.
  • For a flush look, your window frames must be at least 3" deep.
  • If your window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mounted blinds, choose outside mounted blinds instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of your window opening in 3 locations - the top, middle and bottom. If they vary, record the smallest of your 3 measurements to the nearest 1/8". This is the width you will order, we will make the necessary deductions for inside mounting. The standard inside mount deduction on all wood and faux wood blinds is approximately 1/2" from the width you specify. This allows space for the blinds to operate and room for the mounting brackets. The standard width deduction on the valance (decorative molding that covers the headrail) is 1/8".
  • Step 2Measure the height of your window at three separate locations: the left side, center, and right side. Write down the largest of the three measurements and use it when ordering from Blindster.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • They have no minimum depth requirement only a solid surface to attach the blinds is needed.
  • The mounting surface needs to be at least 1 1/2" for 1" blinds and 2 1/2" for 2" - 2 1/2" blinds.
  • When measuring, take into account the area of the flat mounting surface that you want to cover.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1 First, measure the entire width of the area you want to cover with your blinds. If you have extra space, allow an extra 1-1 1/2" per side to increase light blockage and privacy when the blinds are installed. The full width of your window plus the added measurements will be the final measurement you use when ordering the blinds from Blindster.
  • Step 2 Next, measure the full height of the area you want to cover with your new blinds and make a note of it, as you'll use that measurement when ordering. It's important to keep in mind that you will need 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" of flat space to install mounting brackets. In general, adding 3" to 4" to the height of your opening will give you enough room to mount well above your window frame for a true outside mount.

How-to-Measure Faux Wood Blinds Video

Wood Blinds  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Wood Blinds

Blindster offers two types of wood blinds: inside mount and outside mount. Inside mount blinds are typically installed in windows with deep frames, while outside mount blinds are installed on windows with shallow frames or to hide unattractive window frames.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mounts require window frames at least 1 1/8" deep for installation.
  • For a flush look, your window frames must be at least 3" deep.
  • If your window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mounted blinds, choose outside mounted blinds instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of your window opening in 3 locations - the top, middle and bottom. If they vary, record the smallest of your 3 measurements to the nearest 1/8". This is the width you will order, we will make the necessary deductions for inside mounting. The standard inside mount deduction on all wood and faux wood blinds is approximately 1/2" from the width you specify. This allows space for the blinds to operate and room for the mounting brackets. The standard width deduction on the valance (decorative molding that covers the headrail) is 1/8".
  • Step 2Measure the height of your window at three separate locations: the left side, center, and right side. Write down the largest of the three measurements and use it when ordering from Blindster.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • They have no minimum depth requirement only a solid surface to attach the blinds is needed.
  • The mounting surface needs to be at least 1 1/2" for 1" blinds and 2 1/2" for 2" - 2 1/2" blinds.
  • When measuring, take into account the area of the flat mounting surface that you want to cover.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1 First, measure the entire width of the area you want to cover with your blinds. If you have extra space, allow an extra 1-1 1/2" per side to increase light blockage and privacy when the blinds are installed. The full width of your window plus the added measurements will be the final measurement you use when ordering the blinds from Blindster.
  • Step 2 Next, measure the full height of the area you want to cover with your new blinds and make a note of it, as you'll use that measurement when ordering. It's important to keep in mind that you will need 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" of flat space to install mounting brackets. In general, adding 3" to 4" to the height of your opening will give you enough room to mount well above your window frame for a true outside mount.

How-to-Measure Wood Blinds Video

Aluminum Mini Blinds  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Aluminum Blinds

If you're thinking about purchasing aluminum blinds from Blindster, it's important that you provide us with correct measurements of your windows before you place your order.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Shade is installed directly inside window frame.
  • Provides a clean, streamlined, and built-in look for the shade.
  • Leaves all attractive woodwork exposed and retains natural charm of window.
  • Requires a minimum depth of 1 3/8" for flush inside mount and 1/2" for standard inside mount.
  • Install as outside mount if window frame isn't deep enough.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of the window frame in three separate locations—at the top, middle, and bottom. Then, write down the smallest of these three measurements, as it will be the width you use when you place your order. When we receive your order, we will make the necessary deductions to ensure a proper fit.
  • Step 2Measure the inside height of the window frame in three separate locations left side, middle, and right side. Write down the smallest of these measurements and use it when ordering your shade from Blindster.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Best option is the window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mount.
  • Allows for installation on wall, ceiling, or molding surface surrounding window.
  • Can make windows appear larger or hide unattractive windows and doors.
  • Doesn't have a minimum depth requirement for installation.
  • Flat surface requirements on wall, ceiling, or window frame: 1 1/2" (1" blinds), 2 1/2" (2" & 2 1/2" blinds)

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1Measure across the window and the entire width of the area you wish to cover with the shade. If space allows, we recommend adding a total of 2" - 3" to your initial measurement to reduce light seepage and increase the privacy your shade provides. Use this number when placing your order. Note that the valance will be approximately 3/4" wider than the shade.
  • Step 2Measure the height of the window and the area you wish to cover with the shade. This number will be your ordering height. Note that you will need 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" of flat space on your mounting surface for mounting brackets. Once you place your order, the factory will manufacture your shade, including the headrail, to fit the exact height and width noted when the order was placed. To allow ample room to mount your shade above the window frame, add 3" - 4" to your height measurement when you place your order.

How-to-Measure Aluminum Blinds Video

Vertical Blinds  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Vertical Blinds

Before you purchase vertical blinds from Blindster, it's important that you know the precise dimensions and measurements of your windows in order to get the best fit.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mount installations are flush inside the window/door frame or extend from wall to wall.
  • These installations maintain a clean, built-in look that preserves the beauty and appearance of custom woodwork surround doors and windows.
  • Inside installations require at least 2 1/2" of space behind each track to open vertical slats.
  • Requires 3" of depth for flush inside mounts and 2" of depth for standard inside mounts.
  • Refer to outside mount instructions if window frame isn't deep enough.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width at 3 locations - the top, middle and bottom. Record the smallest of the 3 measurements. This is your ordering width. We will make the necessary deductions (approx. 1/2").
  • Step 2Measure the height at 3 locations: the left side, middle and right side. Record the smallest of the 3 measurements. This is your order height. We will make the necessary deductions (approx. 1/4").

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Ideal option if window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mount installation.
  • Outside mount installations allow you to mount the headrail to the wall, ceiling, or molding surface encasing the window.
  • Creates the appearance of verticality in rooms with low ceilings.
  • No minimum depth requirements for outside mount installations.
  • For vertical shade installations, minimum flat surface area is 1 7/8". Note that the factory manufactures shades to the exact height and width indicated when order is placed.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1Measure the width of the area you wish to cover. If space allows we recommend adding 6-12" inches total (3-6" on each side) to overlap the window and avoid light gaps.
  • Step 2Measure the height of the area you wish to cover. This is your ordering height (from the top of your blind to the bottom of the vertical vanes). Remember to allow for the 1 7/8" of flat space needed for your mounting brackets. Generally 3" - 4" added to the height of your opening (including molding or framework you wish to cover) will allow you room to mount above the window frame.

Please note: We recommend that verticals hang 1" off the floor and/or a minimum of 1/4" off of the window sill. The factory will make outside mount vertical blinds (mounting above or to the side of the window opening) the exact height ordered (top of the headrail to the bottom of the vanes). The factory will make an approximate 1/4" deduction from the height for all vertical blinds ordered as inside mount (mounting inside the window opening).

How-to-Measure Vertical Blinds Video

Roman Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Roman Shades

Before you place your order for Roman Shades, it's vital that you first accurately measure your window opening and provide Blindster with the height and width of the area you wish to cover.

Because there are two distinct mounting options, you must decide how you will install your new shade to get the correct measurements and dimensions.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Entire shade fits inside window frame without any overlap.
  • Gives window and shade a sleek, clean, and built-in appearance.
  • Preserves appearance of original or intricate woodwork on window frame.
  • Requires 1 1/4" minimum depth (1" for Super Value) and 2" for top down/bottom up or continuous loop.
  • Requires 1 1/2" minimum depth (1 1/4" for Super Value) for flush inside mount, 2 1/4" for top down/bottom up or continuous loop.
  • Use outside mount option if window frame isn't deep enough to support this installation.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds If you've decided to install your new shade inside your window frame, follow the instructions below to properly measure the window and provide the measurements to Blindster when you place your order:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of the window in three separate places: top, middle, and bottom. Use the smallest of these three measurements when placing your order with Blindster. The manufacturing process will deduct approximately 1/4" from this measurement.
  • Step 2Measure the inside height of the window in three separate places: left, middle, and right. Record the largest of the 3 measurements. Use this height when placing your order with Blindster.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Best option if window frame depth isn't sufficient for inside mount installation.
  • Allows you to mount shade to wall, ceiling, or molding surrounding the window.
  • Increases apparent size of window and can hide unattractive windows or woodwork.
  • No minimum depth requirements for installation.
  • Requires at least 1 1/2" flat area on mounting surface for secure installation. Use measured area of mounting surface when measuring for ordering dimensions.
  • Note that headrails for outside mount shades with top down/bottom up or continuous loop options are 1" wider than ordered width.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow the instructions below to get the proper measurements for your shade if you're planning on installing it outside of your window frame:

  • Step 1Measure the total width of the space you wish to cover with the Roman Shade. If you have sufficient room, add an additional 3"-4" to your total measurement to improve your shade's ability to block out light and increase privacy. Use the total width when placing your order with Blindster.

    Note: that headrails for outside mount shades with top down/bottom up or continuous loop options will be 1" wider than the width you order.
  • Step 2Measure the total height of the space you wish to cover with the Roman Shade. Make sure you add the flat mounting surface area when taking this measurement, as the factory will manufacture your shade—including the headrail—to the dimensions you specify.

    Note: that 3"-4" of added height to the shade will provide ample coverage to mount above your window frame.

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Honeycomb Cellular Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Cellular Shades

Cellular shades provide an attractive and practical look for any window in your home. But before your place an order for cellular shades from Blindster, it's important that you first get accurate measurements of your window frame or the area you wish to cover with the shade and decide how you will mount the shade.

Inside Mount Blinds

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Shade mounts directly inside window frame for clean, built-in, sleek appearance.
  • Preserves appearance of woodwork to maintain intricate details and color.
Minimum depth required for inside mount of different types of cellular shades:
  • Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades: 1/2" for standard and top down/bottom up, 1" for continuous loop and cordless, 2" for inside flush mount.
  • Super Value Cordless Cellular Shades: 1 1/4", 2 1/8" for inside flush mount.
  • Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular Shades: 1/2" for standard and top down/bottom up, 1" for continuous loop and cordless, 2" for inside flush mount.
  • Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades: 1/2" for standard and top down/bottom up, 1" for continuous loop and cordless, 2" for inside flush mount.
  • Premium Blackout Single Cellular Shades: 1/2" for standard and top down/bottom up, 3/4" for continuous loop and cordless, 2" for inside flush mount.
  • Deluxe Cordless Light Filtering Single Cellular Shades: 1 1/2", 2 1/16" for inside flush mount.
  • Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades: 1/2" for standard and top down/bottom up, 1" for continuous loop and cordless, 2" for inside flush mount.
  • Deluxe Cordless Blackout Single Cellular Shades: 1 1/2", 2 1/16" for inside flush mount.
  • Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades: 1 1/2", 2 1/16" for inside flush mount.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of the window in three separate locations from the top, middle, and bottom of the glass.

    Note: the smallest of these three measurements, as it's the measurement you will use when placing your order.
  • Step 2Measure the inside height of the window in three separate locations from the left side, middle, and right side of the glass.

    Note: the largest of these three measurements, as it's the measurement you will use when placing your order.

Outside Mount Blinds

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Outside mounts are ideal options if window frames aren't deep enough to support inside mount installations.
  • Provides the option to mount shade to wall, ceiling, or molding surrounding the window frame.
  • When measuring, take into account the area of the flat mounting surface that you want to cover.
1" minimum flat surface required for the following types of shades:
  • Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular
  • Super Value Cordless Cellular
  • Cordless Light Filtering Single Cellular
  • Cordless Blackout Single Cellular
3/4" minimum flat surface required for standard and top down/bottom up, 1/2" for continuous loop, deluxe cordless, and cordless top down/bottom up for the following types of shades:
  • Light Filtering Single Cellular Shades
  • Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades
  • Blackout Single Cellular Shades
  • Blackout Double Cellular Shades

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1Measure the full width of the area you wish to cover with the cellular shade. If possible, add an extra 2"- 3" to your measurement to decrease light leakage and increase privacy when your shade is installed. Use this number when ordering your shade, and note that the headrail will be 1/4" wider than the width you use when ordering.
  • Step 2Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with the cellular shade. Note that you will need to include the minimum flat mounting surface area for your shade when placing your order (as noted in the table above). In general, adding 3"- 4" of extra height to your order will give you sufficient clearance to mount your shade above your window frame.

How-to-Measure Cellular Shades Video

Sheer Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Sheer Shades

If you're having difficult deciding whether you should purchase blinds and shades, sheer shades may be the perfect option for your home. By offering the matte and uniform look of shades and the functionality and versatility of blinds, sheer shades are truly the best of both worlds.

Before you order your sheer shades from Blindster, you should take the time to properly measure your window frames or the areas you wish to cover with the shades. By providing us with the most accurate measurements possible, we can custom cut your shades to fit your window frame or to cover your window area perfectly and provide as much privacy and light control as possible.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • An inside mount installation mounts your shades directly inside your window frame and provides the sleekest and most "built-in" look.
  • Allows you to preserve the visibility of intricate woodwork and molding.
  • Provides excellent privacy and light blockage without noticeable gaps or light leaks.
  • Generally requires a minimum window frame depth of at least 3" to 4" for proper mounting.
  • If depth doesn't appear sufficient, consider using an outside mount instead

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the width of your window frame by taking measurements in three separate places at the top, middle, and bottom. Note the smallest measurement of these three, as this is the measurement you will provide Blindster when you place your order.
  • Step 2Measure the height at 3 locations - the left side, middle and right side. Record the smallest of the 3 measurements. Subtract 3/8" from the shortest height measurement. Use this as your ordering height. The shade will be 3/8" longer than the ordered height when the shade is fully and the vanes are closed.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • An outside mount installation mounts your shades on the wall, window frame, or ceiling near the window you wish to cover.
  • Outside mounts are the perfect option for windows with shallow frames that can't support inside mount installations.
  • Allows you to hide unattractive windows, window frames, and woodwork.
  • Makes your windows appear larger due to the window covering taking up a larger amount of space.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1Measure the exact width of the entire area you want to cover with your sheer shades. Make sure your measurement is wide enough to cover the entire window frame as well as a small space beyond the edges of the frame to help reduce light leaks. As a rule of thumb, add at least 2" beyond the left and right side of your measurements for this purpose.
  • Step 2Measure the exact height of the area you want to cover with your sheer shades. As with measuring the width, add extra room to the height to minimize the effects of potential light leakage. Note that the height measurement you provide to Blindster will include the height of the headrail. Take that into account if you want to install the headrail well above the window frame or molding.

How-to-Measure Sheer Shades Video

Roller Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Roller Shades

Blindster offers two types of Roller Shades: inside mount and outside mount. Inside mount blinds are typically installed in windows with deep frames, while outside mount blinds are installed on windows with shallow frames or to hide unattractive window frames.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mounts require window frames at least 1 1/8" deep for installation.
  • For a flush look, your window frames must be at least 3" deep.
  • If your window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mounted blinds, choose outside mounted blinds instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width the top of the window opening (where you will mount the shade). We will make the necessary deductions (approx. 1/8").
  • Step 2Measure the height at 3 locations - the left side, middle and right side. Record the largest of the 3 measurements. This is your ordering height.

    NOTE:Roller shade fabrics will be approximately 7/8" to 1-1/2 inches narrower than your ordering width to allow for brackets. If concerned over resulting light gap please select outside mount.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • They have no minimum depth requirement only a solid surface to attach the blinds is needed.
  • The mounting surface needs to be at least 1 1/2" for 1" blinds and 2 1/2" for 2" - 2 1/2" blinds.
  • When measuring, take into account the area of the flat mounting surface that you want to cover.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1 Measure the width of the area you wish to cover. If space allows we recommend adding 2-3" (1-1 1/2" each side) to this measurement to help eliminate light seepage. This is your ordering width and will be the overall measurement of the blind.
  • Step 2 Measure the height of the area you wish to cover. This is your ordering height. Be sure to take into account the flat mounting surface needed (see above) when measuring the area you want to cover with your shade. The factory will make your shade (including the roller at the top or the cassette valance, if ordered) to the height ordered. Generally 3" - 4" added to the height of your opening (including molding or framework you wish to cover) will allow you room to mount above the window frame.

    NOTE:Your shade material will be made 7/8" to 1-1/2 inches narrower than the measurement you provide to allow for brackets. If you need your shade to cover a specific width (e.g. for mounting a shade on a door) add 1-1/2 inches to your ordered width for the desire fabric width.

How-to-Measure Roller Shades Video

Solar Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Solar Shades

Solar shades are perfect for rooms where you want to preserve the view of the outdoors and natural light from your windows while also maintaining your privacy and reducing the effect of the sun's rays.

If you're considering purchasing solar shades from Blindster, it's important that you first know the exact measurements of the window or door where they will be installed. Without precise measurements, you may find that your shades are too long or too short or simply don't fit.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Shades and blinds that are inside mounted are installed flush with the interior of your window frame.
  • These installations provide a built-in look that minimizes the appearance of the window when the blinds or shades are closed.
  • Inside mounts are ideal if you wish to leave woodwork or other wall materials exposed.
  • Minimum depth required for secure inside mount: 3/4"
  • Minimum depth required for flush inside mount: 3" without fascia, 4 1/4" with fascia.
  • If your window frame doesn't have the depth to support an inside mount, choose an outside mount installation instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get precise measurements that will provide a clean and flush look with your window frame, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width the top of the window opening (where you will mount the shade). We will make the necessary deductions (approx. 1/8").
  • Step 2Measure the height at 3 locations - the left side, middle and right side. Record the largest of the 3 measurements. This is your ordering height.

    NOTE:Roller shade fabrics will be approximately 7/8" to 1-1/2 inches narrower than your ordering width to allow for brackets. If concerned over resulting light gap please select outside mount.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Outside mounts are the ideal installation option if your window frames aren't deep enough to support inside mounts.
  • This option allows you to mount your blinds or shades to any surface near the window, including the ceiling, molding, or wall.
  • Use this installation method to make your windows appear larger to hide unattractive windows.
  • Minimum flat surface required for secure outside mount: 1 1/2". Note the flat mounting surface area when taking your measurements and that the factory will make the fabric 7/8" to 1 3/8" narrow than the ordered width.

Measuring Outside Mount BlindsIf your window frame doesn't provide minimum depth for an inside mount, or if you prefer the appearance of an outside mount, follow the instructions below to get accurate measurements:

  • Step 1 Measure the width of the area you wish to cover. If space allows we recommend adding 2-3" (1-1 1/2" each side) to this measurement to help eliminate light seepage. This is your ordering width and will be the overall measurement of the blind.
  • Step 2 Measure the height of the area you wish to cover. This is your ordering height. Be sure to take into account the flat mounting surface needed (see above) when measuring the area you want to cover with your shade. The factory will make your shade (including the roller at the top or the cassette valance, if ordered) to the height ordered. Generally 3" - 4" added to the height of your opening (including molding or framework you wish to cover) will allow you room to mount above the window frame.

    NOTE:Your shade material will be made 7/8" to 1-1/2 inches narrower than the measurement you provide to allow for brackets. If you need your shade to cover a specific width (e.g. for mounting a shade on a door) add 1-1/2 inches to your ordered width for the desire fabric width.

How-to-Measure Solar Shades Video

Bamboo Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

When it comes to eco-friendly designs that are both beautiful and natural, you can't beat bamboo shades. These window treatments are not only highly effective at increasing privacy and blocking out the sun's rays, they also add an elegant look to any room in your home.

Bamboo shades are easy to install, but before you place your order with Blindster, you should first measure your window or the area you wish to cover with the shades. Taking accurate measurements is vital for the shades to fit properly.

To precisely measure your windows and receive shades that fit perfectly, follow the instructions below.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mount installations place the shades directly inside the window frame and require precise measurements for a proper fit.
  • When mounted inside the window frame, bamboo shades have a sleek, built-in look.
  • This is the best option if you want to leave intricate or detailed woodwork exposed.
  • Requires at least 1/2" of depth in window frame for a secure mount.
  • Depth required for inside flush mount: 2-1/4" to 3-1/4" for standard lift and top down/bottom up; 4-1/4" for continuous loop lift cord
  • If your window frame doesn't provide enough depth, use the outside mount option instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the interior width of the window and window frame in three separate locations at the top, middle, and bottom. Take note of the smallest of these three measurements, as it's the number you'll provide to Blindster when you place your order.

    Note: that the factory will make necessary deductions of around 1/2".
  • Step 2Measure the interior height of the window and window frame in three separate locations at the left side, middle, and right side. Take note of the largest of these three measurements, as it's the number you'll provide to Blindster when you place your order.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Outside mount installations place the shade outside the window frame and make it possible to cover the entire window.
  • This installation can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or molding, making it highly versatile for a variety of window types and sizes.
  • Outside mounts are perfect for hiding unattractive windows or making other windows appear larger.
  • There are no minimum depth requirements, but a minimum flat surface of at least 1" is required. Always include the mounting surface area when measuring the area you want to cover with the shade

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1 Measure the full width of the area you wish to cover with the bamboo shade. If there's enough room to do so, add an extra 2" to 3" to your total width to help eliminate light leakage from the sides of the shade. Use the original measurement plus the extra width when placing your order, as your shade will be made exactly as specified when ordered.
  • Step 2Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with the bamboo shade. As mentioned above, take into account at least 1" of flat mounting surface when doing your measurements. In addition, note that adding at least 3" to 4" of height added to your shade will allow you to mount it above the window frame.

How-to-Measure Bamboo Woven Wood Video

Pleated Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Pleated Shades

Blindster offers two types of Pleated Shades: inside mount and outside mount. Inside mount blinds are typically installed in windows with deep frames, while outside mount blinds are installed on windows with shallow frames or to hide unattractive window frames.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Inside mounts require window frames at least 1 1/8" deep for installation.
  • For a flush look, your window frames must be at least 3" deep.
  • If your window frame isn't deep enough to support inside mounted blinds, choose outside mounted blinds instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the inside width of your window at three separate locations: the top, middle, and bottom. Then, make a note of the smallest of the three measurements that's the width you'll use when placing an order at Blindster. Our manufacturing process will then make the necessary deductions, which are usually around 1/2".
  • Step 2Measure the height of your window at three separate locations: the left side, center, and right side. Write down the largest of the three measurements and use it when ordering from Blindster.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • They have no minimum depth requirement only a solid surface to attach the blinds is needed.
  • The mounting surface needs to be at least 1 1/2" for 1" blinds and 2 1/2" for 2" - 2 1/2" blinds.
  • When measuring, take into account the area of the flat mounting surface that you want to cover.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1 First, measure the entire width of the area you want to cover with your blinds. If you have extra space, allow an extra 1-1 1/2" per side to increase light blockage and privacy when the blinds are installed. The full width of your window plus the added measurements will be the final measurement you use when ordering the blinds from Blindster.
  • Step 2 Next, measure the full height of the area you want to cover with your new blinds and make a note of it, as you'll use that measurement when ordering. It's important to keep in mind that you will need 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" of flat space to install mounting brackets. In general, adding 3" to 4" to the height of your opening will give you enough room to mount well above your window frame for a true outside mount.

How-to-Measure Pleated Shades Video

Exterior Shades  

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Measuring Instructions for Your Exterior Solar Shades

Exterior solar shades are the ideal window treatments for outdoor spaces such as sunrooms, decks, porches, garages, workshops, and other areas where you need high visibility of the outdoors.

If you're thinking about purchasing exterior solar shades from Blindster, it's important that you provide us with the most accurate measurements possible. To get the right dimensions for your order, you must first accurately measure either the inside of your window frame or the area you wish to cover with the shade itself.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mount blinds fit inside the window frame and provide a sleek, clean, and built-in look that preserves the appearance of woodwork and molding.

If you plan on mounting your blinds inside your window frames, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Provides a sleek, low profile, and built-in look for your exterior solar shades.
  • Mounts directly inside window frame for a flush appearance.
  • Maintains the appearance and visibility of exposed woodwork and molding.
  • Requires a minimum depth of at least 1 1/4" for a secure inside mount without cassette valance and 1 3/4" with cassette valance.
  • Requires a minimum depth of at least 2 1/2" for an inside flush mount without cassette valance and 4" with cassette valance.
  • If your window frames aren't deep enough to support installation based on minimum depth requirements, use the outside mount installation option instead.

Measuring Inside Mount Blinds To get an accurate measurement of your windows before placing an order for inside mount blinds, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1Measure the interior width of the window opening where you plan on mounting the shade in three separate locations from the bottom, middle, and top. Take the smallest of these three measurements and this is the measurement you will use when placing your order with Blindster. Note that the factory will make slight deductions of around 1/8" when you place your order.
  • Step 2Measure the interior height of the window opening where you plan on mounting the shade in three separate locations from the left side, the middle, and the right side. Take the largest of these three measurements and this is the measurement you will use when placing your order with Blindster.

    Note: Roller shade fabrics are manufactured and shipped roughly 1" to 1/2" narrower than the ordered width to allow room for mounting brackets. If this will result in a large gap that allows too much light in, consider choosing an outside mount installation option instead.

Outside Mount Blinds

Outside mount blinds are perfect for windows that are too shallow to support the installation of inside mount blinds. They can be mounted to the wall, ceiling, or frame/molding around the window and are often used to make windows appear larger.

Here are a few important facts to know about outside mount blinds:

  • Best option for windows that have shallow window frames.
  • Allows you to mount the brackets to a variety of surfaces near the window, including the wall, ceiling, or molding.
  • Helps make windows appear larger while also hiding unattractive woodwork, molding, and other details on windows you wish to keep hidden.
  • Requires a minimum flat surface of at least 1 1/2" for a secure inside mount without cassette valance and 2" with cassette valance.

Measuring Outside Mount Blinds Follow these instructions to get an accurate measurement of your outside mount blinds:

  • Step 1Measure the full width of the area you wish to cover with your exterior solar shades. If space allows on your walls, add an extra 1" to 1 1/2" to each side of your measurement to reduce the amount of light leakage from the sides of the shade. Use this measurement plus any additions when you place your order with Blindster.
  • Step 2Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with your exterior solar shades. When measuring, include the height of the flat surface mounting area necessary for the brackets in your final dimensions. Note that the factory will make your shade, including the roller or cassette valance if ordered, to the height you specify. Also note that 3" to 4" of height should be added to your order if you want to mount your shade above your window frame and cover any molding or framework.

    Note: When the factory makes your exterior solar shades, note that the shade material will be 1" to 1/2" narrower than the measurement you provided to allow room for brackets. If you need your shade to fit a specific measurement or width, add 1" to 1/2" to your ordered width to get the correct width.

How-to-Measure Exterior Solar Shades Video

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