How To's

In order to get a preliminary quote for window treatments, you will need to bring an accurate measurement to your custom window treatment provider. Here are the steps to properly measure your windows.  

What you’ll need to get started: 

  • Always use a metal tape measure and measure to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 
  • You may also need a step ladder to reach high points.
  • Pen, pencil and a piece of paper (or spreadsheet) to record each window measurements. Download our measurement template here! 

 

When Working With Windows Dressed Up… It’s okay if your window measurements are not exact. 

You do not need to concern yourself with having exact measurements for all your windows. Your estimated measurements should be accurate enough to allow your window treatment provider to give you a promising quote that will match their results when they go to place your final order. 

Rest assured, your stylist at Windows Dressed Up will always come out to your home and confirm everything before placing your order with the manufacturer.

 

Determine your Mounting Installment Option 

Before getting started, you will need to determine how your window treatment will be installed. There are two basic mounting methods for window treatments – inside mount and outside mount. 

 

  1. MOUNT INSIDE WINDOW CASEMENT/FRAME: Use this method when you have enough window depth for clearance, and when your window is level.Many people prefer an inside mount because it looks a little more articulate and built-in rather than added in since they are installed inside the window casing. Inside mounts are also an excellent installment choice if you plan to do a layered window treatment.
  2. MOUNT OUTSIDE WINDOW CASEMENT/FRAME: Use this method if your window is oddly shaped, angled, or arched, as well as if it has any handles, cranks, or any other nontraditional opening mechanisms.
    Outside window installs are mounted outside the window casing. They are also an excellent choice for installment if you are wanting to make your windows look larger.

Open floor plan in the kitchen with custom window coverings

How to Measure for Outside Mount

You should always measure every window individually to ensure accuracy. It’s always smart to start from left to right if there are multiple windows in one room so you don’t mix any measurements up. Don’t forget to round to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 

How to Measure Outside Mounted for Blinds & Shades

Step 1: Measure the overall area being covered outside the window casing from left to right. This will be your ordering width. 

Step 2: Round down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Record your measurement. 

Step 3: Measure the overall area being covered outside the window casing from top to bottom. This will be your ordering height. Round down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 

Step 4: Round down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. Record your measurement. 

Step 5: Measure your floor to ceiling height. This is especially important when ordering draperies.

 

How to Measure for an Inside Mount

You should always measure every window individually to ensure accuracy. Round to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 

How to Measure Inside Mounted Blinds & Shades

Step 1: Measure the inside of the window casing from left to right in three different places, across the top, middle, and bottom to determine the width. Round down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 

Step 2: Record measurements. 

Step 3: Measure inside the window casing from top to bottom in three different places for height at the left, middle, and right side. Round down to the nearest ⅛ of an inch. 

Step 4: Record measurements. 

Step 5: Take note of the narrowest width and longest height, as well as the window depth. These will be your ordering measurements. 

A bathroom designed with Premium Faux Wood Blinds with Cordless Lift/Wand Tilt

What to Consider for Specific Window Measurements 

  • For the Victorian-style homes and Bungalows…
    • When measuring an inside mount for your window casement and intricate wood frames, you typically need 1/2″ flat surface to mount on.
  • If your window’s operation is abnormal, consider this solution…
    • The New Hunter Douglas Track Glide System: Whether you have tilt-turn windows, french doors, or other abnormal spots throughout your home, the HD Track Glide System will hold to the edges of your windows without being on the glass, prevents drilling, and provides glide-up and glide-down shades. 
  • If you’re specifically interested in draperies…
    • Consider the amount of wall space to the left and right of your window.
    • Map out your floor to ceiling height.

Seating area with Layered Shades with Continuous-Loop Lift

Bring your Window Measurements to Windows Dressed Up! 

If you need to get a fair quote on window treatments, come to our interior window design studio! Windows Dressed Up will always measure every window before placing your order.

When you bring approximate measurements of your windows into our showroom, we will select the window coverings right for your budget, and provide a preliminary quote! We always show up on-site first before submitting a final order to ensure that your measurements are exact. 

Visit Windows Dressed Up’s Interior Design Studio to operate our shades on display! Test a cordless blind, blackout shades or motorized shades- whatever catches your eye! You’ll also get the opportunity to talk to a Certified Interior Designer to get more window treatment ideas for your dream space. 

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