How to Measure for Your New Window Blinds

Measuring for your new blinds couldn't be simpler. It's an easy way to save lots of money and takes just minutes; you'll wish you'd done it sooner! All you have to do is follow our easy, step-by-step guides below.

Standard Windows


Recess Fitting

This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to fit inside the window recess. Measure the full width and height of the recess [the size of the hole if you like] and we will make the appropriate deductions to ensure a perfect fit.

Tips

tick icon Measure in 3 places for both the width and the drop, use the smallest measurements

tick icon Don't make any deductions, we will do that for you to ensure your blind fits perfectly

tick icon Use a metal tape measure, cloth ones can stretch and give you inaccurate measurements

measuring for recess blinds

Face Fitting

Measuring for an Architrave

This is the measurement you'll need to take if you want to fit the blind to your window's architrave. In this case we will make the blind to your specified size with no deductions.

Tips

tick icon Measure the width from the outer edge of the architrave to the opposite edge.

tick icon Measure the drop from the top of the architrave to where you want the blind to finish.

measuring for exact blinds

Measuring for Square Set

This is the measurement you need to take if you want the blind to hang outside the recess overlapping the window. In this case we will make the blind to your specified size with no deductions.

Tips

tick icon Measure the exact width of the area you would like the blind to overlap. To minimize light leakage we recommend that the blind overlaps the window recess by at least 70mm at the top and 50mm each side.

tick icon The overlap at the bottom of the blind is a matter of personal choice but if you are measuring for a blind that will come down to the floor allow 10-20mm of clearance.

measuring for exact blinds

Measuring for Shutters

We like to keep things simple here at Blinds Online and our shutter measuring guide is no exception. Just follow these easy steps to measure your windows and you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on shutters making your home beautiful. Ready? Here we go...

Check for squareness

First of all, you need to check that your recess is pretty much square, making it suitable for our shutters. All you need to do is measure the recess diagonally from corner to corner on both sides. Then, compare the two measurements.

If the difference is 12mm or less, you're good to go. If they vary by any more than that, then unfortunately you won't be able to fit shutters in your recess. If this happens, don't worry, there are plenty more fish in the sea, or, in this case plenty more blinds and curtains to choose from across our sites.

Ready to measure?

First, decide where your shutters are going to sit. This can be at the front of the recess or outside the recess. Either way, measure at the place you plan to fit your shutters. Don't worry about making any deductions, we'll do all the maths for you.

check for squareness for shutter blinds

Recess fitting

For a recess fitting you need to measure at the front of the recess. Measure the width at the top, middle and bottom.

Next measure the drop on the right, in the centre and on the left. Write down the smallest measurements, these are the sizes you will use to place an order.

measure for recess fitting - front

Face fitting

For a face fitting you need to measure at the front of the recess as you would with a front of recess fitting. Measure the width at the top, middle and bottom.


Next measure the drop on the right, in the centre and on the left. Write down the smallest measurements.


Next, add 84mm to the width. This is the measurement you will enter.


Then, if you do not have a protruding windowsill, add 84mm to the drop. This will allow you to fit your frame evenly around all four sides of the recess.


If, however, your windowsill protrudes take the measurement for the drop and add only 42mm. This way the frame will run evenly around 3 sides of your recess and along the top of your windowsill.

measure for recess fitting - outside

Measuring for a mid rail

For taller shutters over 1400mm we put in a stylish midrail to give your shutters some support. The great thing about a midrail is you can customise its height so that it looks best. Usually, people tend to position their midrails at the same height as any transom bars on their window.

There are just a couple of small restrictions when customising your midrail. For structural reasons they must be a minimum of 380mm and a maximum of 1300mm from both the top and bottom of your shutter panel.


To position your midrail, simply measure from the bottom of your recess to the midpoint of where you want it to sit. If this is level with your transom bar, measure from the bottom of the recess to the centre of the bar.

measuring for mid rail

tick icon Top Tip: See? Measuring for your shutters really is simple. To recap, here are the 3 golden rules to remember:

tick icon Measure both diagonals of your recess and make sure the difference is less than 12mm.

tick icon Always measure at the place you plan to fit your shutters.

tick icon And finally, measure in 3 places across the width and height and take the smallest measurement.

Reviews
5 Star
Don't take our word for it, we've got hundreds of 5 star reviews
4 Star
Outdoor blinds
Great job. Very happy with the result. Look fantastic and colour perfect match with the house and still have a view through them.
5 Star
Excellent Product Excellent Customer Service
We Recently purchased shutters and vertical Blinds form this company. We were very impressed with the customer service...every...
5 Star
What a difference a Blinds Online makes!
After many helpful promptly answered emails and receipts of a selection of samples my only difficulty was in making the right...
5 Star
Excellent service, product and delivery
Great service. Easy to order online. Received product within 1 week from Melbourne to Brisbane. Reasonable price for a quality product
5 Star
Outdoor Roller Blinds
I ordered our outdoor blinds from blinds online Tuesday night. They had shipped them to us Wednesday morning and we had them...
5 Star
Insulate roller shutters were a fantastic improvement to my home, well worth the investment
very happy with amazing electronic roller shutters, fantastic insulation for windows for light, heat , sound and storm protection,...
5 Star
A company that's doing it right.
I've read many reviews on here about Blinds Online and all I can do is agree. I ordered two ready-made outdoor awnings from...
5 Star
Even the MIL Loves them
Ordered samples which arrived in the mail Did our own measuring following the online guide(doubled & tripled check) Placed...
5 Star
fantastic product
we have just received and installed our blinds, thanks for a great product, they look great!!! i will definately recommend...
5 Star
Easy, affordable and great quality
We ordered some honeycomb blinds and sheers - it was easy to order and after a short wait they were ready to be collected....
5 Star
Great Product, easy ordering and simple installation!
I just installed my roller blind. I too was a little apprehensive about my measurements and installation. Firstly the blind...
5 Star
Great product great pricing and great service
Just moved into a new home and felt that shutters would look good on front windows but decided to go the whole house as the...
5 Star
Quality product and excellent service
This is the first time I had ordered blinds online as apprehensive of having to do all the measuring myself and quality of...
5 Star
Over and above
I would recommend Blinds Online to anyone. You were responsive to my communications and made me feel like I was kept in the...
5 Star
No complaints
Blinds Online were awesome, everything was easily labelled and packaged well, the service was prompt and efficient. (Much...
5 Star
Easy, quick, good looking!
Very easy to order online, all well explained and pictures to help you choose. Keeping you updated about manufacturing and...
5 Star
Rollar Blinds
Excellent product. Easy online ordering, very quick manufacturing and delivery times, quicker than expected. Easy to install,...
5 Star
Great product and service
On Sunday I ordered a metal Venetian blind for our dining room. I chose an express option. By Thursday they got delivered....
5 Star
1/3 cost of retail blinds
Ordered 2 sunscreen express blinds, received within 5 days. No issues, easy to install. Much cheaper than retail quotes. Would recommend.
5 Star
Amazing Customer Service and outstanding product
The staff at Blinds Online are simply amazing. I just finished building a large double story house with 22 or so windows...
5 Star
Love how easy this was.
Measure and make sure they are accurate & you will have amazing blinds. We ordered some other blinds through another store...
5 Star
Simply the Best!
These guys are absolutely fantastic. They have the easiest selection and ordering process and the quality and production...
5 Star
Very happy with blinds and service.
I chose Blindsonline because they have a good selection of patterns and colours, as I don't like block colours and I didn't...
5 Star
Best service and quality products
I'm so very delighted with our new verticle blind in our new bathroom. The staff at blinds online were terrific and even...
5 Star
Customer Service
We purchased eight Sunscreen blinds (3 metres wide by 3 metres drop. Had a minor fault with the rollers on 3 of the blinds...
5 Star
Best service and can't even believe how good it looks!
I got a few quotes, all north of $10k with one as high as $15k to do 4 bedrooms, a few with very large windows and difficult...
5 Star
Clear and easy process - delivered as expected
We found the ordering and delivery process straightforward. We were a bit apprehensive about buying blinds online. It's not...
5 Star
Couldn't find anywhere better.
Ordered a blind online and picked up myself from their showroom. As directed by the team for a better choice, I had perfect...
5 Star
100% for customer service
Sandra M was the best sales consultant and customer service rep that I've had the pleasure to deal with. She was compassionate,...
5 Star
Perfect- 100% Recommend (Sandra M is the best customer service rep)
I would like to express just how pleased we are with this company. We have purchased all of our blinds from this company...
up arrow icon BACK TO TOP
Success!
Items now safely added to your basket:

View your shopping basket Payment cards