The most popular type of blind and easiest to maintain are Roller Blinds, so here are our Top 5 Tips for measuring up
1) Is the Blind going in the recess of the window?
If the blind is going in the recess the wall to wall measurement must be taken at the top of the recess as this is where the brackets will be fitted. If you have a dado rail or tiles in the window, record the measurement between these as well. We can work out if any allowances need to be made so the material of the roller blind runs smoothly between the tiles/dado rail.
2) Don’t’ forget the drop
The most common mistake we have found is that clients forget to measure the drop before they come and order. As all windows are different and usually not 100% even, measure the left, middle and right of the recess.
3) Beware of those handles!
Make a note of wherethe blind brackets will be fixed. If being fixed to the window frame, then the Roller Blind should be reverse roll to miss the window handles (this is where the material comes off the front of the roller). If the brackets are being fixed into the side wall of a recess or top fixed, bring them away from the frame so the material misses the handles when the blind is operated. Handle depth is approx 30-40mm. Also remove the window lock keys as these can rub on the fabric causing marks!
4) What side should you have your sidewinder?
What side of the window is the easiest to reach to operate the blind controls? Make a note whether you require L/H or R/H sidewinders when ordering, this will save you time when fitting. If you prefer the sprung loaded roller blinds, the pull will be in the centre. Many issues are caused by sprung rollers not being operated correctly. The blind must be opened and closed when you are directly in front of it. If the blind is at a slight angle, the material will not run straight which can lead to fraying and damage.
We do not guarantee blinds against fraying if you choose a sprung roller mechanism.
5) If you are fitting the blind outside the recess
Make sure the Material Size is enough to cover the window opening. Plus ensure there is plenty of room to attach the brackets. There are many different qualities, sizes of brackets and components available on the market, so ensure you understand how much extra (on top of the material size) they will make the width of the blind. Ask your retailer
Disclaimer: These top tips are the thoughts of John’s Blinds Limited and have been used successfully in the past. We do not take any responsibility for damages to your blinds.