Where to Mount Your Blind

 

Before you measure, consider whether you want to mount your window blinds inside the window frame or outside the window on the wall or trim.

 

  • An inside or recessed mount hangs inside the window frame. The top of the blind does not project out of the window opening and provides a neater, more finished look without hiding wood trim.
  • An outside mount hangs either directly on the wood trim or above and outside the wood trim on either side. In either outside mount situation, your wood trim is covered when the blind is closed. Although an inside mount is usually preferred, an outside mount can make a window appear larger, hide unattractive windows or provide total light control.
  • In addition to personal decorating preference, consider that for an inside mount, your casing or sill must have a minimum depth of 1 ½” for 1″ blinds and 2 ½” for 2″ blinds to be totally recessed.

 

Important Things to Remember

 

Whether you decide to mount your blind inside or outside of the window frame, here are common guidelines that will help you ensure that your blinds fit properly:

 

  1. Always use a metal tape measure. Cloth or plastic may stretch providing inaccurate measurements.
  2. Record measurements in inches (do not use feet, yards, centimeters, or metres).
  3. Record measurements width first, height second (W x H). Be careful not to transpose measurements.
  4. Take all your measurements to the nearest 1/8 inch.
  5. Measure the exact width of every window in three different places (top, middle and bottom). Use the narrowest measurement and write it down.
  6. Measure the exact height from the top of the window opening to the bottom sill in three different places (left side, center and right side). Use the longest measurement for all products except vertical blinds (use the shortest height for vertical blinds). Write down the appropriate measurement.
  7. For inside mount blinds, the finished width will be made slightly smaller (1/16″ to 3/8″) than your measurements to allow for operating clearance. The deductions are made so that the blind will not rub on the window frame. There are no deductions taken for outside mount blinds, these will be made to your exact measurements.
  8. Measure all windows, even if they look alike.
  9. Double check all measurements. Your blinds will be made for your specific window size, so be sure that they will fit properly.
  10. If necessary, request extension brackets to clear obstructions or hold-down brackets for door applications.

If you have any questions when measuring, please call us at (727) 849-1880.

 

Measuring for Horizontal Wood, Faux Wood and Aluminum Blinds, Pleated Shades, Cellular Shades, and Roller Shades

 

For an inside or recessed mount:
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Measure the exact width of the window opening from the inside of the trim to the inside of the trim on the other side. As some windows are not a perfect square, take this measurement in three places (top, middle and bottom). Round the measurements down to the nearest 1/8″ and record the narrowest (smallest) measurement on the measuring worksheet. The headrail of all inside mount blinds will be made slightly smaller (1/16″ to 3/8″) than requested to allow room for mounting brackets and for operating clearance.

Measure the exact height of the window opening from the inside of the trim to the top of the windowsill or to the exact length that you want the blind. Measure the height in three places (the right side, the middle, and the left side of the window). Round the measurements down to the nearest 1/8″ and record the shortest (smallest) measurement on the measuring worksheet. Measure the available depth of your window frame. Be careful not to include inside trim, window cranks or tracks. Measure only the space that is available to install the mounting brackets for the blinds. Record the measurement on the measuring worksheet.

Refer to the Things You Should Know section for the type of blind you have chosen to determine the minimum window depth required to have a recessed mount (where the blind does not project out of the window opening) or to hang the blind on the inside of the window (where there is only enough depth to hang the mounting brackets and the blind will project out of the window opening).

 

 

For an outside mount:
installer-img2Outside mounts hang outside the window opening either on the wood trim or above and on either side of the wood trim.

If you want to mount your window blinds directly to the window frame, then measure the exact width of the wood frame itself from outer edge to outer edge. Round this measurement down to the nearest 1/8″ and record it on your measuring worksheet.

Measure the exact height from the outer edge of the top of the trim to the top of the windowsill or to the exact length that you want the blind. Measure the height in three places (the right side, the middle and left side of the window). Round the measurements down to the nearest 1/8″ and record the shortest (smallest) measurement on your measuring worksheet.

If you have enough room on each side of your window and would like to ensure maximum privacy and minimum light gap, measure the exact width beyond the wood trim that you would like to have the blind cover. With horizontals, wood blinds, pleated and cellular shades, it is generally recommended to add at least 1″ to 3″ beyond each side of the window and at least 2 ½” to 3″ to the height to allow space for mounting brackets above the opening of the window and to add your desired overlap at the bottom of the window opening. If you specify an outside mount, there will not be any deductions taken when the blind is manufactured – your blind will be made to the exact size that you specify.

 

 

Measuring for Vertical Blinds
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All vertical blind vanes rotate. They also draw like draperies. You may request a center open/two-way draw where the vanes stack on both sides of the window, or a one-way draw where the vanes stack on either the left or right side of the window. For a sliding glass door (ie. patio doors), we suggest a one-way draw with the stack on the opposite side of the door handle.

Most vertical blinds are mounted outside of the window frame because they usually require at least 4 ½” in window opening depth. Patio door handles protrude and interfere with an inside mount. However, if you have sufficient window depth, they can be mounted inside the window frame.

 

 

For an inside or ceiling mount:
installer-img4Depending on the size of the window, an inside mount will result in the window glass being partially covered by the stacked blinds when they are opened.

Measure the exact width of the window opening across the top where the headrail is to be installed. Measure from the inside of the trim on the left side to the inside of the trim on the right side. Round the measurement down to the nearest 1/8″ and record this measurement on the measuring worksheet. The headrail of all inside mount blinds will be made slightly smaller (1/16″ to 3/8″) than requested to allow room for mounting brackets and for operating clearance.

Measure the exact height of the window opening from the inside of the trim to the top of the windowsill or to the exact length that you want the blind. Measure the height in three places (the right side, the middle, and the left side of the window). Round the measurements down to the nearest 1/8″ and record the shortest (smallest) measurement on the measuring worksheet. The blind will be made about ¼” to ½” shorter to allow for free movement of vanes at the sill or floor.
Measure the available depth of your window frame. Be careful not to include inside trim, window cranks or tracks. Measure only the space that is available to install the mounting brackets for the blinds. Record the measurement on the measuring worksheet.

Refer to the Things You Should Know section for the type of vertical blind you have chosen to determine the minimum window depth required to have a recessed mount where the blind does not project out of the window opening.

 

 

For an outside or wall mount:
If you specify an outside or wall mount, the blinds will be manufactured to the exact size that you specify. The factory will not take any size deductions.

Depending on the amount of wall space available, you can have the blinds stack completely off the window glass when they are opened.

Measure the width of the window opening including trim. If there is room, add at least 4″ to each side for overlap. This will ensure minimum light gap.

Measure the window opening height. Add at least 3″ in height to allow for mounting brackets above the opening and add your desired overlap at the bottom. If your blinds will hang down to the floor or to the windowsill, deduct at least ½” for clearance.

 

How to Measure in Special Situations

 

Sliding Doors
The most common window treatment for sliding doors is vertical blinds. You can mount verticals, either within the door frame (inside or ceiling mount), or on the wall above the casing (outside mount). We suggest that you allow 3-5 inches above the door frame to mount the vertical brackets. Remember, when measuring the width for an outside mount, add a minimum of 3 to 4 inches on both sides of the window to prevent light gaps. If your door handle protrudes it could interfere with the window treatment. If necessary you can order extension brackets. These brackets add depth to the headrail, allowing the clearance for the obstructing door handle.

 

 

French Doors
These doors are very simple to measure. To prevent against light gaps, measure the width of the glass pane and add as much as available without interfering with the door handles. Usually you can go at least 1 or more inches on either side. It would be ideal to be able to add 2 inches on each side, adding a total of 4 inches to the width. Allow room for mounting hardware (2″ to 6″) at the top. The length of the blind should be measured 2 to 3 inches below the glass to ensure that the entire glass is covered. Hold down brackets can be used to hold the bottom of the blind in place. Please Note: When you order a certain width, you are ordering the width of the headrail. The blind itself (fabric, metal slats, vanes) will always be narrower than the headrail to allow it to fit inside of the headrail. This difference is generally not significant. However, in the case of roller shades that are outside mounts, the fabric will be one full inch narrower than the headrail. So, you will need to add an inch to your measurement to ensure that the fabric will cover the window opening.

 

 

Sill depth
For inside or recessed mounts, you need to take into consideration the amount of window depth you have to work with. Depending upon the product, mounting depths vary, consult the Things You Should Know section for the product you are interested in.

 

 

How to Install

 

It’s easier than you think … most customers will be able to install their own blinds and shades. If you do not feel confident installing your new window coverings, call us (727) 849-1880 and we will put you in touch with a reputable installer in your area.

In order to properly install your blinds/shades our manufacturers will provide detailed instruction manuals to describe the many different mounting options that you may encounter.

 

Before you start installing, collect the following tools that are usually required:

 

  • Pencil or marker – to mark the placement of the mounting screws
  • Electric Drill – to drill holes for the mounting screws
  • Screwdrivers – both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers will be required
  • Tape measure – for accuracy
  • Level – this is especially useful for outside mounted blinds or shades
  • Ladder – tall enough for you to easily reach the area to mount the top brackets
  • Screws – select the type of mounting screw based on the mounting surface (ie. wood, drywall, cement etc.)

 

Some general information:
The mounting hardware you received with your blinds or shades was specified at the time the blinds or shades were ordered, based upon your particular installation needs. The hardware may include:

 

Installation Brackets
(the installation bracket will be different for each type of blind)
Installation brackets are attached either inside or outside the window casement, depending upon whether the shade was ordered as an inside mount or an outside mount.

 

Spacer Blocks
On outside mounts, spacer blocks are used to project the installation bracket away from the mounting surface when additional shade clearance is needed. Each spacer block increases clearance by 1/2″. Use a maximum of three blocks, with the solid sides facing the mounting surface. Check to be sure your mounting screws are long enough for a secure installation.

 

Extension Brackets
Extension brackets can also be used with installation brackets to allow outside-mounted shades to clear obstructions.

 

Hold Down Brackets
Hold down brackets are optional installation components used to prevent the bottom of the shade from swaying.

 

Horizontal Blinds
All blinds come with complete installation instructions for their product. This is an overview for those considering installing the products themselves. The products you purchase may not be installed exactly as described here.

 

INSIDE MOUNT: Usually box brackets are supplied with most 1 and 2 inch horizontal blinds. These brackets are usually installed in the corner of the window frame. The headrail of the blind is then inserted into the brackets and the bracket doors snapped shut.

 

OUTSIDE MOUNT: Measurements need to be taken to determine where to install the brackets. Mark the location with a pencil. Install the brackets using long screws, molly bolts or other fasteners if necessary. Install the headrail of the blinds into the brackets and add the valance.

 

Vertical Blinds
All blinds come with complete installation instructions for their product. This is an overview for those considering installing the products themselves. The products you purchase may not be installed exactly as described here.

 

INSIDE MOUNT: Usually spring brackets are supplied with most vertical blinds. First the valance is secured in the window frame with a screw, then the brackets are usually installed through the valance into the upper window frame. The headrail of the blind is then inserted into the front edge of the brackets and then rotated and snapped in. The slats or vanes are then snapped in one at a time.

 

OUTSIDE MOUNT: Measurements need to be taken to determine where to install the brackets. Mark the location with a pencil. Install the brackets using long screws, molly bolts or other fasteners if necessary. Install the headrail of the blinds into the brackets and add the valance clips and then slide in the valance. The slats or vanes are then snapped in one at a time.

 

Cellular & Pleated Shades
All blinds come with complete installation instructions for their product. This is an overview for those considering installing the products themselves. The products you purchase may not be installed exactly as described here.

 

INSIDE MOUNT: Usually snap in brackets are supplied with most cellular and pleated shades. First the brackets are usually installed in the upper window frame. The headrail of the blind is then inserted into the front edge of the brackets and then rotated and snapped in.

 

OUTSIDE MOUNT: Measurements need to be taken to determine where to install the brackets. Mark the location with a pencil. Install the brackets using long screws, molly bolts or other fasteners if necessary. The headrail of the blind is then inserted into the front edge of the brackets and then rotated and snapped in.

 

Installers Network

 

We are looking for installers to help us extend our service to retailers who would like a professional to measure or install their window coverings for them. If you are an installer and would like more information about adding your business to our list of installers, send us an email atinstallers@newportblinds.com We will answer your questions and if you are interested, we will forward you an application.

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