Measuring for Window Blinds & Shutters

Welcome to our measuring section! It's easier than ever to measure for window blinds & shutters. Simply follow our easy step-by-step instructions and save heaps by ordering your window blinds & shutters online. 

Before you begin...

You will need the following;

  • Measuring Tape

  • Pen & Paper

  • Step Ladder

Let's get started!

Now that you have the tools, let's get you started. It's a simple 3 step process;


Step 1: DECIDE YOUR MOUNT TYPE

Window blinds & shutters can be mounted on inside the window frame (reveal or recess fit) or outside the window frame (face fit). 

INSIDE FRAME

Mount your window blinds & shutters inside the window frame  (Recess / Reveal Fit) for a clean & crisp look. 


OUTSIDE FRAME

Mount your window blinds & shutters outside the window frame (Face Fit) for maximum light control. 


Step 2: MEASURE FOR MOUNT TYPE

Now that you have decided your mount type, let's learn how to measure the width & drop for your selected mounting position.

MEASURING FOR INSIDE FRAME

Measure the inside of your window frame for the width & drop.

  • Measure at 3 places for width & drop, use the smallest measurement.

  • Do not make any deductions, we will do that for you based on your blind type.

  • Measure in millimetres (mm), and use a metal tape measure.

MINIMUM RECESS DEPTH

(Applicable to Inside Frame install only)

When installing for Inside Frame (Recess/Reveal fit) check that your window depth is adequate to install your blind. Check the table to find the required recess depth for your selected window blind/shutter type.


Minimum Recess Depth Window Blinds

  • Roller Blinds: 50 mm

  • Roller Blinds (with cassette/pelmet): 80 mm

  • Roman Blinds: 80 mm

  • Double Roller Blinds: 80 mm

  • Triple Shade Roller Blinds: 80 mm

  • Zebra Blinds | Vision Blinds: 80 mm

  • Top Down Bottom Up Roman Blinds: 80 mm

  • Panel Glide Blinds: 80 mm

  • Timber Venetian Blinds: 75 mm

  • Hybrid Plantation Shutters: 80 mm

  • Timber Plantation Shutters: 80 mm

  • Poly PVC Plantation Shutters: 80 mm

  • Aluminium Plantation Shutters: 80 mm

MEASURING FOR OUTSIDE FRAME

Measure the outside of your window frame with desired overlap for the width & drop. 

  • If you wish to mount on the architrave, measure the width from outer edge of left architrave to the outer edge of right architrave. Measure the drop from top of the architrave to where it is desirable for the blind to finish (generally to the bottom of the architrave).

  • If you wish have extra overlap, then measure the width and drop to cover the desired area. To reduce light leakage from blinds (not applicable to Plantation Shutters), we recommend around 50-60mm overlap on sides and 70-75mm on top of the blind. If your window has a protruding window sill or go down to the floor, we recommend to have 10-20mm clearance from floor, especially for Panel Glide Blinds.

  • To reduce light leakage from blinds (not applicable to Plantation Shutters), we recommend around 50-60mm overlap on sides and 70-75mm on top of the blind. If your window has a protruding window sill or go down to the floor, we recommend to have 10-20mm clearance from floor, especially for Panel Glide Blinds.

  • Measure in millimetres (mm), and use a metal tape measure.

Step 3: BLIND TYPE-SPECIFIC INFO

Once you have measured the width & drop for your window blind have a look at some specific information that will assist you in ordering the best fitting window coverings.

ROLLER BLINDS

When measuring for custom made roller blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

FABRIC ROLL

Roller Blinds operation consists of fabric that rolls up onto a tube when the blind is pulled up, and when the blind is pulled down the fabric unrolls from the tube. When ordering your custom made roller blinds online at Forever Blinds, you can select the roll type between;

  • Standard/Back Roll: The fabric rolls off the back of tube, close to the window and away from room. This is the preferred way to maximise insulation and better light control, also considered as the industry standard. This is our default option.
  • Reverse/Front Roll: The fabric rolls off from the front of tube, away from the window and into the room. This is ideal for when you have obstructions such as window winders or door handles.

CORD/CHAIN CONTROL SIDE

Corded Blinds can be operated from either side. At Forever Blinds, our default is set to right side for convenience, however if you wish to operate from the left side simply select it when ordering your custom made blinds online.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Single Channel Remote: Control a single window blind.
  • Two Channel Remote: Control up to 2 window blinds.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 5 window blinds.


PLANTATION SHUTTERS

When measuring for custom made Plantation Shutters, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

WINDOW SILL / FLOOR TOUCHING WINDOWS

For windows that go down to the floor or have a protruding window sill (Do not mistake a protruding sill to an architrave as the architrave protrudes same across all sides of the frame, window sill only protrudes at the bottom), select the Installation Type as 'Inside Frame with Sill' option when ordering your Plantation Shutters online.

SQUARE FRAME (Inside Frame Install Only)

If you are considering to install plantation shutters inside the window frame (recess/reveal fit), please ensure that your window frame/recess is square. To do so, measure your window frame diagonally and check that the difference between measurements is 10mm or less. 

MID RAIL HEIGHT

A mid rail in a plantation shutter panel is a fixed louvre positioned in between rotating louvres, if necessary and provides structural integrity to panels of your plantation shutters. If your Plantation Shutters require a mid-rail, you will be given an option to decide the position of mid-rail. To measure for your mid-rail, simply measure from the bottom of drop to the centre of mid-rail. If no mid-rail measurements are provided, we will default it to the centre of drop measurements. However, it is a good decision to align the mid-rail with any horizontal dividers/mullions on your window, to maximise light, view and aesthetic appeal.

ROMAN BLINDS

When measuring for custom made roman blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

CORD/CHAIN CONTROL SIDE

Corded Blinds can be operated from either side. At Forever Blinds, our default is set to right side for convenience, however if you wish to operate from the left side simply select it when ordering your custom made blinds online.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Single Channel Remote: Control a single window blind.
  • Two Channel Remote: Control up to 2 window blinds.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 5 window blinds.

ZEBRA BLINDS | VISION BLINDS

When measuring for custom made zebra blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

CORD/CHAIN CONTROL SIDE

Corded Blinds can be operated from either side. At Forever Blinds, our default is set to right side for convenience, however if you wish to operate from the left side simply select it when ordering your custom made blinds online.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Single Channel Remote: Control a single window blind.
  • Two Channel Remote: Control up to 2 window blinds.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 5 window blinds.

TRIPLE SHADE ROLLER BLINDS

When measuring for custom made triple shade roller blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

CORD/CHAIN CONTROL SIDE

Corded Blinds can be operated from either side. At Forever Blinds, our default is set to right side for convenience, however if you wish to operate from the left side simply select it when ordering your custom made blinds online.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Single Channel Remote: Control a single window blind.
  • Two Channel Remote: Control up to 2 window blinds.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 5 window blinds.

PANEL GLIDE BLINDS

When measuring for custom made panel glide blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

PANEL LAYOUT

Panel Glide Blinds can be made to open from left, right or centre as below. Consider the appropriate opening to match your sliding door or window opening style.

  • Right Opening: The panels open from right and stacks to the left.
  • Centre Opening: The panels open from centre and stacks to both sides.
  • Left Opening: The panels open from left and stacks to the right.

PANEL LENGTH

Outside Frame Install: Generally Panel Glide Blinds will be mounted outside your window frame (face mount) and therefore consider the total drop of the panels. If you are measuring for sliding doors or windows that go down to the floor or have a protruding window sill, it is recommended to take 10-15mm from your drop measurements to give clearance from the floor/window sill. 


Inside Frame Install: If you are measuring for inside frame mount, we automatically take deductions for you so do not take any deductions.

DOUBLE ROLLER BLINDS

When measuring for custom made double roller blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

FABRIC ROLL

Double Roller Blinds operation consists of fabric that rolls up onto a tube when the blind is pulled up, and when the blind is pulled down the fabric unrolls from the tube. When ordering your custom made roller blinds online at Forever Blinds, you can select the roll type between;

  • Standard/Back Roll: The fabric rolls off the back of tube, close to the window and away from room. This is the preferred way to maximise insulation and better light control, also considered as the industry standard. This is our default option.
  • Reverse/Front Roll: The fabric rolls off from the front of tube, away from the window and into the room. This is ideal for when you have obstructions such as window winders or door handles.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Two Channel Remote: Control a single Double Roller Blind.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 2 Double Roller Blinds.

TIMBER VENETIAN BLINDS

When measuring for custom made timber venetian blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

CORD/CHAIN CONTROL SIDE

Corded Blinds can be operated from either side. At Forever Blinds, our default is set to right side for convenience, however if you wish to operate from the left side simply select it when ordering your custom made blinds online.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: Not applicable for motorised blinds.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

REMOTE CONTROL (Motorised Blinds Only)

When ordering motorised blinds that are controlled by a remote control, you have an option to control individual blinds with individual remotes or multiple blinds with single remote. You can save money by ordering a single remote to control multiple blinds in a room. Simply select a multi channel remote and tell us in the 'Order Notes' section of the 'Shopping Cart' about which blinds you would like to control from a single remote. All remotes come with wall mount holders for easy storage, when not in use.

  • Single Channel Remote: Control a single window blind.
  • Two Channel Remote: Control up to 2 window blinds.
  • Five Channel Remote: Control up to 5 window blinds.

TOP DOWN BOTTOM UP ROMAN BLINDS

When measuring for custom made top down bottom up (tdbu) roman blinds, it's a good idea to consider the following in order to make the most out of your window coverings.

WIDTH

The Top Down Bottom Up Roman Blinds operating mechanism comprises of mechanisms that are not suitable for heavier fabrics. Therefore, the width of TDBU Roman Blinds is limited to 1000mm for Sunscreen Fabrics and 1500mm for Light Filtering/Translucent fabrics. We understand that windows generally tend to be wider and recommend considering multiple blinds in 1 window. Use the dividers/mullions that run vertically as overlapping points so that privacy is not compromised and you get maximum light control out of your TDBU Roman Blinds. For more detailed information on how to measure for multiple blinds in windows, checkout the 'Larger Windows' section in 'Additional Information - Measuring for Non-Standard Windows' below.

CORD/CHAIN LENGTH

The length of operating cord/chain can be made to suit your requirements. At Forever Blinds, we make the cord/chain length to suit your blind drop by default. However, if you have any custom requirements it can be made to the desired length.

Note: TDBU Roman Blinds come with two (2) cords, one on either side. The cord on right is used to raise/lower the blind from bottom and the cord on left is used to lower/raise the blind from top.


Please note it's a requirement that all corded window blind chains/cords that are within 1600 mm from the floor level are be restrained with an appropriate child safety device (included with your blinds). Additionally, a safety label (included with your blinds) shall always be attached to the operating cord/chain.

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