Should Blinds be Longer than the Window

Should Blinds be Longer than the Window

The appropriate length of blinds relative to the window is a crucial aspect many homeowners grapple with when considering home decor and functionality. This aspect can significantly impact the aesthetics of a room and the efficiency of light control.

Confusion often arises as there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and the ‘ideal’ length can vary based on window size, style preferences, and functional requirements. This article seeks to provide insights and guidelines on determining the right blind length for your windows.

Measuring Inside or Outside the Recess

When measuring for blinds, it’s crucial to decide whether you want to install them inside or outside the window recess. This decision can significantly impact the measurements and, subsequently, the functionality and aesthetics of the blinds.

Inside the Recess

For blinds to be placed inside the recess, we measure the width and drop of the window recess accurately. This position gives a neat and streamlined look, as the blinds sit flush with the rest of the window. However, make sure there are no obstructions like window handles that could prevent the blind from operating correctly.

Outside the Recess

If you choose blinds that are outside the recess, we measure the width of the window, adding an extra amount to both sides to ensure the window is fully covered when the blinds are closed. This option provides greater control over light and privacy and creates the illusion of a larger window. Remember to account for sufficient space above the window for the blind’s fixture.

Exact-Fit Blinds Measurement

To measure for exact-fit blinds, We start by measuring from the top to the bottom of the window and add an extra 70mm both at the top and the bottom. This ensures that the blind is longer than the window, providing optimal coverage. Next, measure from one side of the window to the other, adding an additional 50mm to each side. This creates a wider blind that effectively reduces the chances of sunlight leaking from around the edges. Exact-fit blinds offer the distinct advantage of customizing your window coverage to your exact preference, providing a sense of empowerment and satisfaction in the process.

Recess-Fit Blinds Measurement

We measure the drop for recess-fit blinds, especially for wider windows, we recommend taking measurements from three different points – left, center, and right. This is to account for any variations in the window’s height that may not be apparent at first glance.

We start from the inside top of the recess and measure down to the window sill in all three places. Use the smallest of these measurements as your drop to ensure the blinds will fit perfectly within the window recess without any obstructions or overhangs. This method ensures the utmost accuracy in measurement and a perfect fit for your blinds.

Adjusting Measurements for Old Buildings

In older buildings, as the structure settles over time, you may notice discrepancies in window size. In such cases, it’s advisable to use the longest measurement to ensure sufficient drop for the blinds to run all the way down to the window sill. If you merely rely on the shortest drop measurement, the blinds may meet the sill at one end but not at the other, compromising both functionality and aesthetics.

For roller blinds, excess fabric around the barrel is expected and we automatically account for this. So even if the blind is a bit too long, it won’t be noticeable and any additional length will simply wrap around the barrel. This flexibility in measurement makes roller blinds an ideal choice, especially in buildings where window dimensions may vary.

If you are still unsure about the appropriate length of your blinds, don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the contact details below. Our professionals are always ready to provide a no-obligation consultation to help you make the right choice.