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How to measure for Roman blinds

Roman blinds are one of the best window treatments available for your home or office. How it fits perfectly for your window just makes it more efficient, so it is important to get the perfect measurement when getting one.

Understanding how to properly measure the best Roman blinds for your window must be a top priority. Getting blinds that are too short and too long might be the least that you want for your home. It's good to ensure that you get your measurements right so your blinds will fit perfectly upon arrival. Yet, what factors should be considered before purchasing your desired Roman blind?

When measuring your window treatments, it should be remembered to always have a steel measuring tape beside you for accurate measurements. Basically, you need to know your window width and length, to fully cover your windows and add privacy to your homes. However, blinds can be used inside and outside your homes, and there's a difference for the perfect measurements for different purposes as well.


Window recess

Maybe you've never heard of this term as we only know windows as windows. One part of the window that you need to remember before purchasing your Roman blinds is the window recess. 

A window recess is a distance between the surface of the window from left to right where your windows are built into. The concrete end of the window, both horizontal and vertical, is the end of the recess. When purchasing your Roman blinds, window recess must be taken into consideration to have a Roman blind that perfectly fits your windows. 


Inside or outside?

As discussed, the right Roman blind measurements depend on where you will be placing them. Roman blinds can be placed inside (the depths) of the window, or outside the depth of the window according to your liking.

When measuring your window treatments for a perfect hang inside, you must measure the length of your curtain from top to bottom. However, you must start the measurement from inside the depth of the window panels, and make sure to only measure the size of the window recess; too much length leads to sagging Roman blinds at the bottom. Also, check for the width of your window, still measured inside the depth, to know how wide a Roman blind you would need. When taking note of the measurements, don't add measurements to the fabric to avoid the blinds from overlapping on the panels of the window. Always go for the exact length and width, or go lesser for about an inch.

In contrast, when we say outside, it does not literally mean outside your homes; your Roman blinds might wear out easily due to environmental circumstances. Hanging your curtains outside means that it is outside your window furnishings or your window depth. If this is what you prefer, you can measure the width that you want by having your steel measuring tape and measuring your window from side to side. Measuring the right Roman blinds for the outside of your window requires at least 1-2 inches allowance per side, so you can fully cover your windows from left to right. For the length, you can have it just right at the bottom of your windows or you can have it halfway between the window bottom and the floor. It actually depends on you how long you want your Roman blinds to be.


Things to consider

For those who have flat windows or those who want to place their Roman blinds outside the window depth, there are still things to consider when choosing the length for your curtains. First and foremost, you might have pieces of furniture or plants below your windows. If you have this kind of setup, it is recommended that Roman blinds must not be too long, so it would not disrupt both the Roman blinds and the room fixtures, whatever it might be. Overlapping Roman blinds tend to move things that are close to them, especially when there's wind coming from the outside, so better be careful with it.

Moreover, you must also consider the kind of design you want for your Roman blinds. If you have a minimalist kind of room, a recommendation would be getting Roman blinds in plain fabric colours. Plain fabrics add additional tidiness to your room while making your windows look fresh and clean at the same time. Nonetheless, if you want something artistic, you can always get fabrics with designs and patterns, to bring out designed window treatment. Getting your desired fabrics is no problem at all; Roman blinds can carry out the best look for every window in your home.


Where can I put Roman blinds?

It's possible to incorporate Roman blinds anywhere in your house. However, if you want to place it in high humidity spaces prone to moisture, use fabrics that aren't plain, or better yet choose colours in darker shades. Moisture-prone areas like the bathroom and kitchen may have splatters on your Roman blinds, so it's best to choose fabric colours and designs that can easily hide small blots due to being wet.

Also, you may opt to choose cotton and polyester fabrics as they can be easily maintained, unlike other fabrics that need quite deep cleaning. For other dry areas at home, you may have linen, silk, and even Jacquard fabric to provide the best for your window treatments.

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Why Roman blinds?

Roman blinds are one of the best options to soothe your curtain essentials. The sleek and formal look of the blind makes your window treatment neater and easier to operate than just having a regular curtain at home. You can also use a lot of fabric choices for your Roman blinds so it's not difficult to choose what kind of fabric is best for your window. Just make sure to use the right fabric, most especially in a humid atmosphere where fabrics tend to receive splatter which can lead to unwanted stains.

Before purchasing your blinds, also make sure to give out the right measurements for your curtain supplier so it would fit perfectly for your windows; may it be inside or outside the depths of your windows.

Care to bring out the best for your windows? Perhaps it's time to try Yorkshire Fabric Shop's Roman blinds.


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