How to Measure Your Windows

Measuring your windows is simple!  All it takes is a few minutes and a measuring tape.

 

Before measuring, decide on how you will be mounting the window shades.  There are two ways to mount it:  Inside Mount, or Outside Mount.  Inside mount is when the window shade will be mounted inside of the window opening, while outside mount is when the window shade will be mounted outside of the window opening.  Below are the key differences of each mounting style:

 

Inside Mount Outside Mount
  • The window shade and cassette assembly will be inside of the window opening, between the window jambs.
  • The window shade and cassette assembly will be outside of the window opening, in front of the window opening and trim.
  • The window shade and cassette assembly will be mounted on the underside of the top window jamb.
  • The window shade and cassette assembly will be mounted on the wall, above the window opening and window trim.
  • An inside mount offers a cleaner look, as the window shade will be containted within the window.  The window trim and opening will be visible when the window shades are lowered.
  • An outside mount covers the entire window as well as the window trim, effectively hiding the entire window assembly from view when the shades are lowered.
  • An inside mount will require at least 3" of space on the underside of the top window jamb.

  • Any hardware for the window that protrudes in the direction of the room needs to be factored in, such as cranks for casement windows.  In this case, there should be at least 3" of clearance between the hardware and the edge of the window to allow unobstructed raising and lowering of the window shade.  

    If you wish to inside mount the window shade but have less than 3" of space, give us a shout so we can discuss whether it can be mounted.
  • An outside mount will require at least 3" of space above the top window trim to mount the cassette.  

    If you wish to outside mount the window shade but have less than 3" of space. give us a shout so we can discuss whether it can be mounted.
  • An inside mount will have slight gaps, between 1/8" to 1/4" to each side, which will have small amounts of light leakage into the room.
  • An outside mount will be able to block out more sunlight, as the entire window is covered.  Very minimal light will be reflected into the room between the window shade and the window trim.

 

 Once you have decided on how to mount your window shades, you can begin measuring your windows by following the instructions below:

 

Inside Mount Outside Mount
  • Measure horizontally the width the window at 3 points bewteen the window jamb:  at the top, in the center, and at the bottom.  Take note of the smallest of the 3 measurements.
  • Measure horizontally the width the window at 3 points from the outer edges of the window trim:  at the top, in the center, and at the bottom.  Take note of the largest of the 3 measurements.
  • Measure vertically the height of the window at 3 points between the window jamb:  at the left, in the center, and at the right.  Take note of the smallest of the 3 measurements.
  • Measure vertically the height of the window at 3 points from the outer edge of the window trim:  at the left, in the center, and at the right.  Take note of the largest of the 3 measurements.
  • Enter the measured numbers into our ordering system.  When we make your window shades, we will deduct 1/8" the left and right sides so that the window shade will not rub against the window jamb.
  • Enter the measured numbers into our ordering system.  When we make your window shades, we will add 4" in length and 1" in width so that the entire window opening as well as the trim will be covered.

 

That's it!  Still have questions?  Just ask!