by Cyndi Roberts
Measuring your windows seems like an easy project to complete, but some people would rather have a little help. Luckily for you, when you work with Blinded by Delight, we will take care of this for you. We will, however, ask you to provide the basic information to get started with an estimate for you. Photographs are always welcome as well.
The most basic information is the width and the height. The width is always first, from left to right. The height is last, from top to bottom. This will matter in pricing your product because all vendors price by the width first and height last. An inverted measurement can actually affect the cost, so it is important that measurements be provided correctly.
Here are a few other things you will want to know before before you start:
- Do you have any depth in your windows in which to mount your window covering?
- Do you have tilt-in windows?
- Are there any cranks on your window?
- Is there tile in or around your windows, i.e., sinks or tubs?
- Do you have existing trim in or around the windows?
- Are we working with Sheetrock, plaster, paneling or another surface into which we will be installing?
- Would you like your window treatment to be installed inside or outside the opening?
These are all items that a window covering specialist looks for when measuring for blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery. The answers to these questions will help the professional have a better understanding of what items will fit best in your windows. They will determine if they must fit inside your opening or be mounted outside this opening on the wall.
Some of the newest and most common features of windows, we are finding today, are tilt-in windows. Tilt-in windows provide an interesting challenge when a client wants shutters. The trim will need to fit outside the opening to allow the window to open properly and allow for the screens to be removed and cleaned. Most clients prefer a trim that fits inside the window, allowing the shutter to not protrude into the room, but with tilt-in windows, that is virtually impossible. The trim must be mounted outside the opening, sitting on the window sill.
There are also the pesky crank windows we see in a lot of homes. These cranks can impede the bottom rail of a window covering from closing properly or giving complete blackout or privacy. If you want shutters, this crank must also be taken into account to allow the window to work correctly when opening and closing.
As you can see, there are many things to take into account when measuring for windows. The most we want you to do is to give us the estimated width (first) and height (last), and we can take it from there. This will allow our window covering specialist to provide you with an approximate price estimate if you know what type of product you would like.
For more information, give us a call today at 210.336.5266 to get started.