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Measuring For Wooden Blinds

Measuring is easy when you know how, and we've got that knowhow below. Don't forget, you can always contact us via phone or live chat with any questions

How to Measure For Wooden Blinds

If you can hold a tape measure, you can measure for wooden blinds. Grab a metal tape measure, a pencil, and a piece of paper. That's all you need. These measuring instructions can be used for all faux wood and real wood blinds, including our Editions range.

Standard Window - Recess Blind Measuring Instructions

Step 1: Measuring from wall to wall, record the width of your recess in three places - across the top of the window, the middle and the bottom. Check your window recess for obstructions, such as tiles or picture rails. If you do have an obstruction, measure off this point as well. Circle the smallest measurement.

Step 2: Measuring from the top of the recess to your windowsill, measure the 'drop' (or height) of your recess in three places - from the left, down the middle and on the right. Circle the smallest measurement.

Step 3: The two circled measurements are your width and drop measurements. Use these when placing your order. Don’t forget to select the ‘recess’ option too.

Note: A deduction of 12mm will be made to the overall width to ensure an easy, yet snug fit. We will supply a matching straight-cut valance to cover the headrail. This will be made to the sizes given to ensure a perfect cover. 

A line drawing of a window with arrows showing where to measure inside the recess

A line drawing of a window with arrows showing where to measure outside the recess

Exact Blind Measuring Instructions

Step 1: Choose where you want your blind to sit, and gently measure and mark this on the wall. The blind should overlap the recess symmetrically. We recommend a minimum of a 70mm overlap past the window recess, or 35mm on each side. This ensures complete coverage of the recess.

Step 2: Measure the width between these two marks and note it down.

Step 3: Measure the outside of your window recess from the top to the bottom, from the height at which you want the headrail to sit, down to the point you want the bottom bar to stop (usually the lip of the windowsill).

Step 4: Use the ‘Exact Size’ option when placing your order.

Note: This blind will be made to the exact measurements you supply, with no deductions made. The brackets will add approximately 3mm to the total width and is additional to the size given. We will supply a colour-matched valance made slightly wider than the blind, which will include side returns to cover the ends of your headrail. For more information, please see here.

Now you've figured out your window size, head over to see our full wooden blinds range. To measure for a bay window, see our separate guide on how to measure for bay window blinds