Changing shades inside an office or home can completely transform the space. A budget-friendly option, roller shades are the perfect choice for privacy and style. Roller shades have the ability to stay endlessly classic while still fulfilling their necessary functions. The simplicity of these shades has allowed them to remain popular over the years. Learning how to measure for roller shades can save you a lot of hassle in the future.
Measuring for these shades is a quick process, and it should not take more than two hours. For the most privacy and light-blocking for your home or office, exact measurements are the way to go.
In order to gather the most accurate measurements, it’s important to follow a few guidelines.
Use a Steel Measuring Tape
Accurate measurements are essential in making sure you roller shades fit perfectlyprovide the classy and elegant feel you want for your windows. A steel measuring tape is the best tool for achieving the perfect measurement. Steel measuring tapes allow for greater distinction between smaller units while the tape’s flexibility will also ensure your ability to move freely. Windows can be a bit tough to measure, but this tool will ensure accuracy.
First, decide whether you want the shades mounted inside or outside the window frame prior to taking your measurement. For mounting inside the window frame, make sure you measure the height in three places: left, center, and right. Use the tallest of the units for your window’s height. When measuring for mounting the shades outside window frame, the process is a bit different. Before measuring, ensure there’s a flat surface for the mounting hardware. In order to capture the height, start at the sill and measure three inches beyond the top of the window. These extra three inches will accommodate the mounting hardware.
Measure to The Nearest ⅛”” Inch
Using your steel measuring tape, get the most accurate measurements by measuring to the nearest 1/8th inch for both the width and the height. Never round to a half or whole inch, this will throw off your calculation and the roller shades will not fit correctly on the windows. If the size is on a 1/16th inch mark, round down to the nearest 1/8th inch mark. By rounding down, precision is still being honored in the measurements. This thorough process allows the roller shades to work as effectively as possible. When taking your measurements, write down the exact measurements so you can take it when shopping for your roller shades.
Measure Windows Individually
Though windows may appear to be the same size, it’s always a good idea to measure them individually. The smallest difference in width or height could completely throw off the roller shades placement on the windows. Buying incorrect sizes for windows will not only be a waste of time, but also a waste of money. Taking the time to acquire accurate measurements will provide the overall best experience for installing roller shades. Depending on the number of windows needing to be measured, this process would only take a couple of hours.
Remember to Always Write Width, Then Height
When purchasing blinds or shades for windows, the traditional manner of measurement order is width then height. As you begin measuring, make sure you’re not only measuring the window but the area that you want the roller shades to cover.
When measuring the width of the window, you’ll want to measure from the inside jamb on the left and right sides. Do this in three places: the bottom, middle and top. Be sure not toMake sure to not include any trim in this process and record the shortest measurement. This shortest measurement will be the width of your window.
For measuring the height, you may need a step ladder in order to measure safely and accurately. Measuring from the sill, where the sash rests when closed, take three measurements. On the left side from sill to header, the center and lastly on the right side. The smallest of the three units will be the height of the window.
Order Without Counting Deductions
Getting the best fit for your roller shades requires custom calculations. By sending over the accurate measurements taken, most deductions will be made at factories where roller shades are created. Different types of blinds and shades require different deductions to both width and height, keep it simple by allowing window professionals to conduct those deductions. As most windows are not perfectly square, it’s important to measure the windows precisely to ensure the best fit. Deductions taken before sending measurements over will mess up the fitting of the roller shades, rendering them useless.
Get Help From The ASC Pros
To guarantee the best measurements, always double-check the data written down. Common mistakes include not using a steel measuring tape, not double-checking, and mixing up width and height. By following these guidelines listed above, it will lead to a better fit for your roller shades.
If you’re ready to get started measuring for roller shades, reach out to Atlantic Sun Control. Atlantic Sun Control is able to provide any additional information you may need, as well as provide a variety of roller shades. These shades offer increased privacy and control the heat that enters the room from the sun. At Atlantic Sun Control, we guarantee that our staff will be professional and courteous with any services provided. Call us today at 703-687-0154 for your roller shades needs.