Roller blinds are one of the most versatile members of the blind family, and being very easy to use and one of the most economical options for window dressings means they’re a natural choice for many windows. In fact, roller blinds are ideal for use for any window, skylight, or conservatory window. One of the best features of the roller blind is the ability to tailor each blind for a specific use – for example, blackout blinds or dim-out blinds, as well the ease of use and great privacy effects. For a small investment, roller blinds can create a unique design feature or pull the look of a room together, or fade into the background – it’s entirely up to you.
At Tidmarsh, we offer a wide range of roller blinds in various functionalities and purpose. Our roller blinds are available to be installed either inside of outside of the window recess, depending on the fit, look and style that you desire. Read on for our expert measuring guide, which will teach you how to measure your windows for roller blinds.
What is a Window Recess?
A window recess is the space between the inside wall of the room and the glass of the window or door itself.
Blinds can be fitted within the recess or outside of the recess, depending on the fit, look and style that you’re going for with your window coverings.
How to Measure Inside the Recess
Depending on the look that you’re going for with your blinds, you may like to have your blinds fitted inside the recess of the window or door. A window recess provides space for your blinds to fit neatly inside for a slick, flush finish. With a blind that’s fitted into the window recess, the control mechanism (if you’re opting for a corded blind) can also be neatly tucked away. They also allow you to fully lower the blind without covering up the sill; so if you use your window sill for ornaments or photographs, this is your best bet.
Prior to ordering, you will want to check that there’s nothing within the recess that could block or prevent the blind from being fitted, for example protruding window handles or fixtures. If you’d like your roller blind to be fitted within the window recess, you need to measure the height and width of the recess itself. We recommend taking three measurements for each statistic, and using the smallest measurement – recesses can be inconsistent in height or width.
Using a metal measuring tape for accuracy, measure the width at 3 different points along the recess; at either end and in the middle. Use the smallest measurement as your width guide.
To measure the necessary blind length, measure the height of the recess at 3 different points; at either end and in the middle. Use the smallest of these three measurements as your height guide.
We will take the measurements you give us and make the necessary deductions and adjustments for the mechanisms, brackets and clearance, to ensure that the blind fits and operates properly.
If you’re ordering blinds to be installed on Origin Doors, Origin Bi-Fold Doors, or Origin Windows, all you have to do is simply give us your order number or serial number, and we will do the rest for you!
How to Measure Outside the Recess
Choosing to have your roller blind fitted outside of the recess also has many advantages. When retracted, the blind will further optimise the available light coming into the room; the blind cassette will be mounted high above the window, so as to not restrict any light by blocking the window or door at all. Likewise, when the blind is drawn, light is completely blocked from coming in.
Using a metal measuring tape for accuracy, measure the width of your window or door at 3 different points; at either end and in the middle. Use the smallest measurement as your width guide.
To measure the necessary blind length, measure the height of your window or door at 3 different points; at either end and in the middle. Use the smallest of these three measurements as your height guide.
If you would prefer your blinds to be installed on the outside of the recess, you will need to measure the recess from point to point and add approximately 50mm on each end. This will ensure that the blinds overlap the windows or doors, and avoid any light strike.
If you don’t have this information to hand, or you’re not fitting the blinds to Bi-fold doors or windows, you’ll need to measure the overall width and height of where you want the blinds to go.
Window Measuring Tips
- Check all your measurements twice! There’s nothing more frustrating than an ill-fitting window covering.
- Don’t worry if your windows have an unusual shape or size – all our blinds are bespoke, and we can always offer a practical solution.
- Make sure you consider protruding objects like window handles or tiles that may get in the way of your blind. You’ll need to take their position into account, as it could affect how and where you hang your blind. Bear in mind where the blind controls will be positioned when measuring too.
Tidmarsh’s stylish and elegant electric roller blinds are the perfect addition to any interior. Tailor-made for your home, they are guaranteed to complement any bi-fold door or window (even if they’re not Tidmarsh’s). Ordering your Blinds from Tidmarsh has never been easier, and we look forward to manufacturing your perfect blind system.
Get in touch today with our expert team, who can talk you through these points, answer any questions you have, and recommend you the right product that will give you the solution to your needs.