London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 11, 2009 -- It may seem like a very simple procedure to measure up a window but care is needed as even the tiniest mistake can end in disaster with no recourse to a refund or replacement as most blinds companies get us to input our measurements online and agree to the usual waivers so there's no excuse or anyone to blame but yourself if you get it wrong so here are a few pointers to help get it 100% right first time... So take a deep breath, relax and here we go...
First up... if you have a cloth or plastic measuring tape throw it in the bin (or back in the sewing box!) and get a metal one. It just isn't worth the risk in that it may well have stretched over time and is useless. Also, some manufacturers ask for your measurements in millimeters and some in centimeters so be very careful that you get this right. The next step is to determine where your blind is going to hang. Most windows fall into two categories 1. inside recess and 2. outside recess. The inside recess approach requires greater accuracy than the outside recess as there is no room for manouvre as the inside of the recess is a fixed size.
There is more room for error on the outside recess but it's better to get it perfect as you will likely be living with your new blind for a good while to come so... To measure the inside recess measure the width across at the top, middle and bottom and use the SHORTEST measurement. It's the same procedure with the drop. Measure the drop on the left, middle and right and again use the SHORTEST measurement. This will ensure that your blind doesn't arrive a little too big if say the window recess is a bit wider or taller in just one place. (it is usual for most window recesses to differ a little across these measurements)
Now once you have done that and given that you're possibly about to spend quite a lot of money on your new blinds... DOUBLE CHECK or get someone else to check it for you and if you get the same readings then go on to confidently place your order. We at http://www.blinds-on-line.co.uk hope this has been of assistance.