How to Measure for Outside Mount Blinds How to Measure for Outside Mount Blinds

What You'll Need
Measuring tape (steel preferred)
Ladder or step stool (optional)
Pen or pencil
Paper

Outside mount blinds offer several advantages over other types of blinds. Outside mount blinds can create the illusion of larger windows. In addition, outside mount blinds can cover any areas around the window that may not be visually appealing. Finally they can be used in lieu of blinds that cannot be used if the opening on your window is too shallow. However, it is important to note that measuring the outside mount blinds will be different than measuring other blinds. Here is a short guide on how to do it.

Step #1: Measure the Width

Using your measuring tape, you need to measure the width of the window in 3 places. A steel measuring tape will provide an easier and more precise measurement. Remember that you should measure to where the mounting brackets will be placed, so add a few inches to both sides. Make sure not to add too many inches or your outside mount blinds will look unusual while open. A good rule of thumb is to add around 3 inches to each side to ensure that light does not come into the room through the sides of the blinds.

Step #2: Measure the Height

Measure the height of your window in 3 places using your measuring tape. If your window is particularly tall, use a ladder or step stool and take careful precautions. Like when measuring the width, you will need to measure from the points where the mounting brackets will be placed, so estimate a few inches to both sides. Again, 3 inches is a good estimate for most outside mount blinds.

Step #3: Write Down the Measurements

With pen or pencil and paper write down the measurements you took. Measurements are usually written as width x height. Make sure to write them down properly so there are no confusions when you take your measurements to the hardware store to order your outside mount blinds.

Step #4: Take Measurements to the Hardware Store

With measurements in hand, it’s time to take them to the hardware store to order your outside mount blinds. It is important to have proper measurements, so make sure to ask questions if you have any. If your window is a standard size, it should be easy to find the right size outside mount blinds. However, if your window is not standard, you may need to have custom built outside mount blinds. It is particularly important to have accurate measurements in this case.

Outside mount blinds are custom items for your window, and it is important to have accurate measurements if you want them to look right. If you have any doubts, it is best to have a professional make the measurements for you. However for the DIYer that feels comfortable, measuring your own outside mount blinds can save you time and money.

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