Do it yourself

Ideal in certain situations

Measuring for Shutters and Blinds the DIY Way

Ordering blinds based on your own measurements is a real advantage in some cases. This is especially true when remoteness is a problem or our free measure and quote service doesn’t fit your plans.

We can quote a price based on your measurements and product choices. We will then deliver your blinds to your door for you to install.

Notes on DIY Measurements

We have provided some basic instructions on how to measure windows for blind installation. But before you get started, take note of the following:

  • All measurements must be given in writing
  • We take no responsibility for blinds not fitting when made to supplied sizes. All remakes will be charged to the customer
  • All sizes given must be tight sizes as the factory takes off clearance deductions
  • We recommend you drop by our Auckland store to pick up your blinds so we can provide some blind installation tips
  • Full payment is required before despatch or on pickup
  • Please note that the Total Look Blinds guarantee is made null and void when blinds are installed by the customer. This is necessary as a poor blind installation job will affect the performance and longevity of the blinds
  • We strongly recommend you use our free measure and quote service. This moves the responsibility of getting it right from you to us. If you would like some more information or a measure and quote, fill in our enquiry form here

Basic Measuring Instructions

Measuring for shutters and blinds falls into four categories: inside fit, outside fit, three-dimensional fit, and extended bracket fit.

In all cases, follow the instructions given and do not make any further deductions. All clearances and special deductions are performed by the computer that turns your measurements into cutting sizes for the factory.

Inside Fit

Inside fit represents the best fit. Keeping all the Roller blockout blind or Wooden blinds inside the window frame makes for a tidy job and gives the customer maximum wall space. It also makes the blind installation process quicker and easier.

There will be occasions when inside fit is not practical. This is caused by the window frame not having enough room to hold the blind without hitting something such as handles. In the case of sliding doors, the aluminium section used is so large that the door frame is reduced to 20mm.

When measuring for inside fit:

  • Measure the width in three places, at the head, half way down and at the sill. Use the smallest dimension as the width.
  • Measure the drop in three places, at the left side, at the middle and at the right side. Take the smallest dimension as the drop.

  • Inside fit represents the best fit. Keeping all the blind inside the window frame makes for a tidy job and gives the customer maximum wall space. It also makes the installation quicker and easier.
  • There will be occasions when inside fit is not practical. This is caused by the window frame not having enough room to hold the blind without the blind hitting something such as handles. In the case of sliding doors the aluminium section used is so large that the door frame is reduced to 20mm, not allowing any room for Vertical blind fabric to turn.
  • Measure the width in three places, at the head, half way down and at the sill. Use the smallest dimension as the width.
  • Measure the drop in three places, at the left side, at the middle, and at the right side. Take the smallest dimension as the drop.

Outside Fit

Before doing an outside fit, check that there is enough wall space either side of the blind. After blind installation, they should overlap on either side of the architrave by at least 50%. If the blind is vertical then it must overhang the end where the fabric collects by enough to have the fabric off the window.

  • Only one measurement need be taken for the width.
  • Shutters and blinds can either be fitted above the architrave or onto the architrave. If there is no architrave then the blind can only be fitted above the window frame.
  • Be careful when fitting onto the architrave as the architrave may split. Always drill a clearance hole for the screw.
  • The drop will need to be measured on the two sides and middle. Allow for any flooring. If installing above the architrave locate where the bottom of the bracket will be and add 40mm for vertical blinds, 60mm for wooden blinds, 30mm for 25mm Venetians, and 60mm for 50mm Venetians to allow for the bracket. No addition is necessary for Holland and Sunscreen blinds. If the installation is onto the architrave take the measurement from the top of the architrave. The drop should be measured to 50mm below the sill architrave. Allow for the gap between the lintel and top window frame, normally 25mm otherwise the screws will only go into jib.

Extended Bracket Fit

 

Extended bracket fit is used when a Roller blockout blind, Venetian blind, or plantation shutter is measured as inside fit but it has to be moved out further to miss handles or to enable the fabric to turn.

Only use this fit when an outside fit solution is not practical or not wanted. The problem with extended bracket fit is that when an inside fit is moved away from the window, gaps appear around the side of the blind. This causes loss of privacy and lets in light.

  • Measurement is the same as for inside fit. However, it is prudent to add 50mm to the width to help with cover. Make sure that the blind is clear of the window frame before adding to the width.
  • In extreme cases, extended bracket fit can be applied to outside fit measure. Seek advice before doing this.

Three Dimensional Fit

Due to the complexity of measuring three-dimensional windows, we advise customers not to take these measurements themselves without first visiting our local sales outlet for training. Ideally, for these complex windows, you should take advantage of our free consultation and measurement services and our blind installation expertise.

Select a Colour Scheme

This is difficult to do without physically inspecting a range of colours and fabric textures. Most orders made online have cost as a primary consideration. If you would like to save money and are less concerned with aesthetics, this can be a good option.

You will need to have decided whether you would like PVC (timber-look) blinds, blockouts, plantation shutters or something else. Once you have made this choice, samples of fabrics or component colours can be sent to you for consideration. You will be charged for courier costs.

Get in Touch

To take advantage of our free measuring services or arrange blind installation call us today on 0800 449 966 or enquire online