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Do you have a set of windows that are never used in your home? Are they just taking up space, or do you think they can be put to good use? It seems like a lot of work to measure windows for blinds or shutters, but the benefits of having a usable space and an attractive appearance far outweigh the effort.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and invest in some new blinds for your home, you’ve come to the right place. See how to measure windows for blinds and some super helpful tips and tricks to be an expert in no time!
Materials to Gather
A Tape Measure
If you’re going to be measuring the width and length of the windows, you’ll need a tape measure. It’s important to use the same one for each of these measurements as it’s the only way to ensure that your measurements are accurate.
There are a few different kinds of tape measures, but you should use the type with a constant width and length – You’ll find these at most hardware stores.
You’ll also need a pencil to mark your measurements on your wall or the window itself.
We recommend using a pencil because you can easily erase it off of your wall once you’re done, and it doesn’t leave behind any marks that could potentially stain the paint or wood of your home.
Another Measuring Tape
You’ll also need a measuring tape to measure the width and length of your windows. Two different measuring tapes are important because they measure the same length but with different widths.
Another great reason to have two different measuring tapes is that you can use the same one to measure the width of your walls and then switch to the tape with a specific length for measuring windows.
You’ll also need a wall to measure the windows’ width, length, and height. We recommend using a wall at least two feet away from any part of your home, like your windows or appliances.
Steps to Take
Measure the Width
The first step is to measure the width of your window and make a mark. Depending on how large your window is, you may only need to measure the width of one side.
If you know the width of your window, you can divide that number by two to find out the width of each side.
Measure the Length
To measure the length of your window, you’ll need to start at one end of the window and measure to the other end. You can mark both of these measurements on your wall or the window itself.
Measure the Height
The next step is to measure the height of your window. You can do this by standing on a stool and putting a mark on the ceiling or a wall.
Ensure there’s nothing on the floor below you or behind you that could be damaged by the paint or tools you’re using.
Add the Accent Panel
When you’re adding the accent panel to your blinds, you’ll want to make sure that it’s centered between the two sides of the window.
And since you measured the window’s width, you can make sure that it’s the right size by measuring the width of the accent panel and then adding an extra inch.
You’ll want to make sure that the accent panel is level and that the edges are straight to look even when it’s hung on your blinds.
Now that you’ve taken the measurements for your blinds, it’s time to hang them up and make your home look more stylish and efficient. Each of the blinds you’re hanging will have its measurements to make sure that you’re following those steps.
Place your accent panels on the windows first, and then make sure that they’re level and straight. Make sure that the edges of the panels are even and that there’s nothing on the walls or ceiling that they could potentially damage. Once you’ve lined up all of the panels, it’s time to hang them up.
It’s important to get the right measurements when you get new blinds for your windows. Hopefully, information and steps will make it easier to measure your windows and get your blinds installed correctly!