There are a great many number of options available when it comes to choosing window blinds: regular blinds, real wood blinds, faux wood blinds, mini blinds, or vertical blinds. The very first step is deciding whether you want the blinds to mount and pull up and down on the inside of the window frame, or outside of it. Proper measuring technique is essential for getting custom made blinds to fit correctly. According to the experts at nobrainerblinds.com, inside mount blinds look neater and are generally preferred, but in cases where there is not enough window depth or the window is small or unattractive, an outside mount might be a wiser choice.
Window measuring professionals recommend a steel measuring tape, rather than a cloth or plastic one, because accuracy is vital. For inside mount blinds, the manufacturer will deduct an amount from each side to allow enough room for the blind to move freely, so it is not necessary to worry about doing the math yourself. For outside mount blinds, the manufacturer follows the measurements the customer gives exactly, so it is important to allow for window hardware and to add enough extra blind on either side of the window to block the light and cover the window properly.
Blinds.com is another site that gives instructions on how to measure your windows, and also has instructional videos for the user to demonstrate the procedure. Both nobrainerblinds.com and Blinds.com each feature the option to select from a variety of blinds or shades, helpful guides and tips, and the ability to place orders via the Internet.
At nobrainerblinds.com, it is strongly suggested that the width of the window is measured before the height, so there will be less chance of confusion, and to make sure those measurements are clearly designated. I guess I never really spent any time thinking about it, but apparently a lot of windows are not exactly square. Because of this usually unnoticeable phenomenon, the experts state that you should obtain 3 measurements for the width, use the narrowest one, and 3 for the height of the window, usually using the longest one unless in the case of some kinds of shades. If there is a really obvious difference and the window is not square to the observer, an outside mount style blind is more desirable since it allows one to hide things that should not be looked at. Remember, with inside mount blinds, there needs to be a certain amount of sill on the window, and this site provides a Sill Depth Requirement chart for each category of blind or shade. Each website provides Customer Assistance in case you get really stuck.
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