Vertical Blind Measurement
Vertical blinds are an excellent solution for windows wider than they are tall. In addition, you can use vertical blinds for doors that slide, such as glass patio doors. Today, the options for vertical blinds are truly amazing. You can choose from various colors, fabrics, styles, and materials. With this, you can create whatever look you want, transforming your room to something more pleasing. In addition to looking great, you will discover that vertical blinds are also a good option for blocking out sun, providing privacy, and cutting back on monthly utility bills.
The measurements of vertical blinds would depend on the type of mount. For example, if you go with an inside mount also known as a recessed mount, the blinds would be installed so they recess from the wall. Although you could choose an outside mount, the inside option is the most common, producing a nice clean look. Keep in mind that inside mount blinds would have a minimum depth for windowsill so prior to ordering, you would need to know this information.
Just as you would with any type of window treatment, we strongly recommend you use a steel measuring tape. Then, always measure the window in three different places since windows, even in newer homes, are seldom perfectly square. For the width of your vertical blinds, you want to take the lowest number of the three taken, rounding it to the nearest 1/8-inch. Remember, whatever number you come up with is what you will order. In other words, stick with what the tape tells you, making no deductions for operation, as the manufacturer will figure this in for you.
For the height of the vertical blind measurements, we again recommend you measure on the left, in the middle, and then on the right. For this measurement, you always want to take the largest of the three numbers although you would still round to the nearest 1/8-inch. Remember that you do not want to make any deductions this is done for you. For instance, the manufacturer of the vertical blinds would allow for certain things. The inside mounted head rail along with slat would automatically be given a 1/4-inch deduction, the inside mount for the valance a 1/8-inch deduction, and the inside mount sweep, a 1/2-inch deduction.
Now, if you were going to mount the vertical blinds on the outside of the window frame, you would attach the hardware directly to the wood frame or use toggle bolts into the drywall. In this case, you want to measure going from the left to the right, then adding about four to six inches, depending on how much coverage you want on the window. Once you know how far you want the vertical blinds to extend, you would then add 1/8-inch. For height, you want to again, measure out between four and six inches, depending on where you want the blinds to extend. Then, add 1/8-inch. Just make sure you remember the brackets, taking extra care with the height measurements.