Blinds have become essential in part of modern living today. Many have opted in owning blinds, compared to those who remain to be fans of curtains. If you’re new to the blinds club, then one of the first things you need to know is how to measure your window recess to fit your blinds so ensuring you have a hassle free, pleasant experience. Continue reading more below to be guided in measuring your windows for blinds precisely.

What is a Window Recess?

A window recess often called a window reveal, this pertains to the span between the windowpane and the wall that the window is built.

There are two ways of measuring blinds: Inside the Window Recess and Outside Window Recess. Both possess their advantages and drawbacks and will be tackled in-depth later as we go on. With this, let’s examine the pros and cons of measuring blinds inside and out the window recess and ways how to measure them:

Inside the Window Recess

Fitting your blinds within the window recess gives you both benefits and disadvantages. Knowing these can help you weigh what’s appropriate for your space.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Unfit for very small windows.
  • It could confine the sunlight passing through the window and block the view.
  • It needs to be precise in the fitting.

How to Measure Inside the Window Recess Generally

Measuring your windows in this fit will require you to take three measurements. Follow the steps below to be guided accordingly:

  1. Within the window reveal, measure the top, middle, and bottom parts of your window.
  2. Next up is measuring the window’s left, right, and centre angles.
  3. Then, take the most narrow measurement on the first step and the shortest measurement on the second step.

Note: Do not make any allowances. Always jot down the actual size in mm.

How to Measure Inside the Window Recess for Blinds

  1. Using a metal wide width tape measure is better because this is sturdy and gives more accurate results than a standard lousy tape measure.
  2. Clear unnecessary ornaments placed on the window frame and measure the width and length of the window.
  3. Make sure that you measure in millimeters to round the numbers on the nearest 1mm later.
  4. Measure all sides of the window even if they appear identical. In this way, you are guaranteed that you did not miss any lapses in the fitting.
  5. Double-check the measurements you have written.

Outside the Window Recess

Fitting your blinds outside the recess possess advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

  • Allows a generous amount of sunlight when drawn back.
  • Material fabric colour will most likely become maintained won’t fade as time passes because it is not sitting on the window getting hit with UV Rays.
  • Flexible in the fitting because it doesn’t require a precise fit.
  • Ideal for Freehanging and Roller blinds.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t look as neat or fitted
  • Can be a dust trap on top of the blinds
  • Doesn’t give a truly blackout effect as light leakage can seep through the sides.

How to Measure Outside the Window Recess:

  1. It is ideal to fit your blinds 70-100mm away from the window frame to guarantee that the blinds will give enough coverage when fitted.
  2. Take at least three measurements for your width and length (the drop) to produce more accurate results.
  3. Note down the shortest measurements of each.
  4. Remember that you must take the actual size required.
  5. Double-check the measurements you have written.

How to Measure Outside the Window Recess for Roller Blinds

  1. Using a metal wide width tape measure is better because this is sturdy and gives more accurate results than a standard lousy tape measure.
  2. Ensure to measure in mm to round the numbers nearest 1mm.
  3. Measure all sides of the window even if they seem identical to each other. In this way, you are guaranteed that you did not miss any lapses in the fitting.

Also check out what you need to know about blackout blinds.