Round each measurement to the nearest 1/8".
Measure every window even if they appear to be the same size.
Use a metal tape for the greatest accuracy.
Measure in three spots (top, middle, bottom) and provide the smallest measurement. For roller and solar shades, only provide the top measurement.
Provide the measurement of the area to be covered and remember to add your own overlap.
Inside Mount Valance Measuring
An Inside Mount Valance is manufactured with straight-cut edges on both ends and looks best when it is mounted flush to the window casing. Use the charts on the following pages to determine if your window is deep enough for a Full Recess Inside Mount Valance.
An Inside Mount Valance is manufactured with straight-cut edges on both ends. Depending how far the valance extends beyond the window casing, returns (side pieces) can be ordered to cover the ends of the headrail and valance for a more finished look. Use the charts and instructions on the following pages to determine the special valance return length needed, if necessary. Valance returns are available from 1/2" to 8". Returns and valances are measured and cut from the inside of the miter to ensure the most accurate fit when installed over the headrail or window frame. For example, a 30" valance with returns: 30" would be the inside measurement. The front side measurement would be greater than 30" (which is correct). Returns would also be measured and cut on the backside of the miter.
Outside Mount Valance Measuring
All Outside Mount Valances
An Outside Mount Valance is manufactured with standard returns (side pieces) sized to cover the ends of the headrail and valance for a more finished look. See the charts on the following pages for standard outside mount return lengths. Valance returns are available from 1/2" to 8". Note: Returns and valances are measured and cut from the INSIDE of the miter to ensure the most accurate fit when installed over the headrail or window frame. For example, a 30" valance with returns: 30" would be the inside measurement. The front side measurement would be greater than 30" (which is correct). Returns would also be measured and cut on the backside of the miter. If your Outside Mount Valance does not require returns, please specifiy at the time of order.
Gather all your tools before getting started.
Have a level tool handy to ensure your window covering is straight.
Use a stud finder or anchor screws to get a secure mount.
Remember, for each product from Blindsaver.com, the installation instructions are unique. To find detailed product installation information, please visit the product page of your specific blind or shade. Below are the basics on how to install a generic blind or shade.
Inside Mount1. Position the first bracket in the upper corner of the window frame so that it's level with the wall's surface. Always check your specific product instructions for the exact placement of the brackets. If your blinds came with a decorative valance, you will need to set the brackets further back into the window opening to allow room for the valance.
2. Mark the screw locations with a pencil.
3. Use a steel tape measure or a level tool to ensure the two bracket locations are even.
4. Use a drill bit - smaller than your screws - to drill pilot holes through your bracket marks. Screw the brackets in place.
5. Install your blinds by sliding the headrail into the brackets, and close the brackets to secure the headrail in place, or snap the headrail into the brackets for other styles.
6.Test your blinds by lowering, raising, and rotating them to ensure all parts are functional.
Outside Mount1. Measure above the window first to make sure you have at least 2" of flat space on the molding or wall.
2. Next, measure the width you want covered. We recommend at least 1.5" of overlap on each side of the window for blinds and shades, and 2" of overlap on each side for solar or roller shades. The extra width provides more privacy and light blockage. As always, record your measurements down to the nearest 1/8 inch.
3. Determine the location of the headrail - or top - of the window treatment. This could be installed on the window molding or wall. Mark this spot with a pencil.
4. Measure the height of each window from the mark you just made to where you want the bottom of your window treatment to rest. Consider if you want your window treatment to extend to the sill or lower. If you have a protruding window sill, it is recommended that it be your bottom placement.
5. Be aware of obstructions such as doorknobs or molding. If you have obstructions, spacer blocks or extension brackets are available to help your blind or shade extend far enough to avoid protrusions.
6. Do not take deductions from your measurements.
7. Double check that your measurements follow the width by height format (W x H) measure for outside mount
Frequently Asked Measure & Install Questions
What are valance returns?
In general, a valance has three sides; the front or face, and the two sides called returns as they are returning to the wall. When mounting a blind inside a window opening, it is standard for the valance to only have the face, assuming that the entire blind will fit inside the opening. Please contact a design specialist with your window depths to determine if valance returns are necessary.
What is the difference between Inside and Outside Mount?
If you will be mounting to a wall, outside of a window opening, that is not constrained by other walls or build-outs, you will order a window covering as "Outside Mount". If you will be mounting inside a window opening, or between two walls or obstructions, you will order a window covering as "Inside Mount". Deductions will automatically be taken when the product is ordered Inside Mount so do not take your own deductions.
Do you sell shades for arch shaped windows?
At this time, we offer custom window coverings for rectangular shaped windows only.
What does pleat size mean with regard to cellular shades?
When looking at the shade from the side, you will see diamonds connected at the top and bottom. The pleat refers to a single side of the diamond, corner to corner. It is typical for double cell shades to have a smaller pleat to reduce the thickness of the fabric when condensed (shade fully raised).
What is the difference between single and double cell?
Cellular shades are available in either single or double cell design. When looking at a single cell shade from the side, you will see a column of diamonds connected top and bottom. With a double cell shade, you will see a second column of diamonds tucked in the corners of the first column. While cellular shades, in general, insulate a window better than most window coverings, a double cell shade insulates better than a single cell due to the added pockets of air.