Measuring for New Window Treatments the Right Way

May 31, 2010
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Your windows are looking drab or you simply want a change and purchasing new window treatments can be an easy way to give any room a quick makeover. You go to a great local store, find an absolutely amazing range of window treatments of all kinds – shadings, sheers, louvers, shades, blinds and shutters.- wonderful. Then you realize, you have no idea what size your windows are.

At Aladdin Carpets and Floors we have seen this scenario played out more than a few times. If you are shopping for window treatments accurately measuring your windows before you set out is essential. It’s not a hard task but there are a few tricks to getting it just right.

You will need to measure all four sides of your windows. Even though the two sides opposite one another, vertically or horizontally, should be the same size they are not always, especially in a home with older windows. Use a cloth dressmaking type tape measure or a flexible metal one; rulers are unlikely to give you an accurate measurement. As you are noting down the numbers remember to write down which side of the window they pertain to, otherwise you may end up at the store with a notebook full of numbers that no longer make any sense to you.

You will also need to take into account that many window treatments are mounted on rods that are affixed outside the dimensions of the window itself, so figuring out where you would place them and taking those measurements is essential as well.

If you are measuring for inside mountings you will also need to make a note of how deep the sill is, to make sure that the mounting hardware you choose will fit correctly and not jut out at an odd angle. The manufacturer will recommend a minimum depth for their products so you’ll know what you can pick if you go to the store armed with your sill measurements.

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2 Responses to Measuring for New Window Treatments the Right Way

  1. very practical reminder though, before you head out window treatment shopping. Measure each of the windows you need to dress properly and make sure you have those measurements with you when you are making your choices.  

  2. very practical reminder though, before you head out window treatment shopping. Measure each of the windows you need to dress properly and make sure you have those measurements with you when you are making your choices.

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