Measuring for Roman Blinds

Roman blinds, or Roman shades, are fabric window blinds that are made for privacy and to give a unique look to any room. Measuring a window correctly for these blinds is essential, because incorrectly sized Roman shades will not fit in the window, and many companies do not accept returns for custom orders. There are two ways of measuring the window, depending on whether the installation is inside or outside the window frame.

Most roman blinds are considered inside installations, meaning they fit within the window frame. These measurements must be very exact, even being 1/16” or 1/8” off can keep the blinds from fitting correctly into the frame. Width is the most important measurement, because longer or shorter blinds will still be able to fit into the window, albeit not perfectly.

Take a measuring tape and measure the very top of the window frame. Do not measure the outside of the window frame; place the measuring tape inside the frame. Most windows have the same width whether they are measured from the bottom, middle, or top. However, since some windows may not have the same width for the entire length, it is best to measure at the top; this is because the Roman shades are installed at the top of the window.

The length measurement does not have to be as perfect, so there is less pressure, but a Roman shade that is too short or long can look awkward. Place one end of the measuring tape against the inside top of the window frame, and run it down to the bottom edge of the window. This is the length measurement.

If the blinds are an outside installation, or mounted outside the window frame, then the measurements do not have to be perfect. This is because the shades’ bar does not have to worry about butting against the window frame. Though the measurements do not have to be perfect, having measurements that are too short can prevent the blinds from being installed correctly.

As with inside installations, width is the most important. Use a measuring tape to measure the top of the window frame, but from the outside of the frame. Do the same for the length of the window. Now, add one or two inches to the measurement for both the width and length.

The blinds measurements are increased to ensure that the blind can cover the window entirely. Adding more than two inches is usually unnecessary, unless larger shades are desirable.

Regardless of whether the measurements are for inside or outside installations, a W or L—for width and length—should be written near the measurement, so the Roman shade business knows which measurement is which.

While a professional is usually best at measuring for Roman shades, and should be used whenever possible, measuring the blinds without a professional is not too difficult if done with care. Just be sure that the measurements are exact, and there should be no problems!

Choosing the Perfect Blind

Choosing a blind can mean the difference between making a room look great or letting it down completely, so it is important to get it just right.

When it comes to selecting the perfect blind, you need to think about size, style and colour.


Firstly, and most importantly, you need to measure the window you would like to buy a blind for.

Measure the area you would like the blind to cover and think about if you would like the blind to be fitted inside or outside the recess of the window.

Fitting the blind within the recess gives a cleaner more tailored. If you would like to go for this look, ensure that the recess is deep enough to hold the blind. Fitting the blind outside the recess is often easier and makes the window appear larger.


When deciding on the style of blind that is right for you, consider the room it is for and the functions it needs to serve. Roller blinds are easy to wipe down making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms whilst black out or thermal blinds are perfect for bedrooms.

On the other hand you may decide that you are not limited by function or practicality, leaving you free to choose a style of blind based on aesthetics alone. You can go for the classic and elegant roman blind or the classic yet modern venetian blind. You can also use blinds with curtains, for a chic and stylish layered look.


Lastly, you can choose a colour and/or pattern for your blind to compliment your room. You may like to choose a coordinating colour and or/pattern or a contrasting colour and/or pattern. Your new blind can become the focal point of your room or may decide to go for a subtler look.

Whether you are looking to update up the look and feel of a room, or add the finishing touches to a newly decorated one, the perfect blinds at 247 will enhance your windows and seamlessly bring the style of your room together.

Decorating your conservatory with blinds

Adding a conservatory is a great way to expand on space and to let natural light filter through your home. This can be an excellent addition to a house as an office space, sitting room or dining room and if appropriately decorated can be used all year round without having to pay any extra for heating or air conditioning during the different seasons.

As conservatories are made up of large glass panels they can become exceedingly over-heated during the summer and cold during the winter. Particularly since the weather in Britain is so temperamental, it is important to decorate your conservatory effectively so you can use it as often as you wish despite the unpredictable cold or hot weather. Using blinds in your conservatory not only protects the space from the heat or the cold but also provides much needed privacy.

The glass of conservatories is responsible for inducing heat during summer and heat loss during the winter. But with the use of blinds in the summer the light is reflected back outside, glare is prevented, and in the winter insulates the glass to keep the heat inside.

With the environmentally friendly advantages of blinds, they can also help to make a bold statement as one of the main decorative features of a conservatory. There are many different colours and designs for blinds to meet the requirements of the individual customer. Colour blocking is a popular trend when decorating different rooms. As conservatories are mainly made up of glass, using blinds can be a strong feature within the space to fit the rest of the décor of the room. You can choose one particular colour for your blinds that could compliment or contrast with the rest of the furniture for your desired effect.

There are many different types of blinds but a current popular choice is roman blinds which come in many different combinations of material and natural products. Using blends of natural materials such as tea leaves and cotton these blinds come in every colour and thickness. They also come in bamboo and other wood variants creating a very natural look. You can also get them in materials that will completely block out the light for example in a bedroom and with the pull of a cord the light will flood into the room.

Given the many different colours and designs you can find the perfect blinds to match the rest of the rooms’ décor. Roman blinds come in flat and hobbled designs. The flat designs when closed cover the whole window and lie flat against the pane. When opened the shade will form several folds as it is pulled up, resulting in repeating patterns that add to the ambiance of the room. Hobbled roman blinds provide more of a structured look. They come with extra material resulting in artistic folds in the blinds when pulled down. There are a few choices of having several large folds at the bottom of the blind, or small folds throughout.

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