How to measure printed blinds

Choose an option below

Inside reccess measurement

Outside reccess measurement

  • First, take three measurements across the inside of the window recess, at the top, the middle and the bottom of the window.
  • Then take three measurements down, at the left, the right and in the centre of the window, as shown in the picture.
  • Select ‘Recess Size’ in the option box when ordering and supply us with the narrowest measurement across and the shortest measurement down.

Important note

Please do not make any allowance yourself.

Please be aware when ordering Recess Fit Printed Blinds that:

The fabric width is approximately 30 mm less than the finished width of the blind.

The finished width of the blind – ‘actual blind size’ - refers to the total width between the pins at each end of the roller cylinder, including the brackets.


Example – For a recess width given as 100cm – the Printed blind supplied will be 100cm wide Pin to Pin (within a few mm tolerance) and the fabric width will be 3cm narrower (1.5cm each side) at approximately 97cms.


The standard brackets supplied with made to measure Roman blinds, can be face or top fixed and are therefore suitable for inside or outside recess fit.

Tips for measuring

  • Use a metal tape measure - fabric ones can stretch and give an inaccurate reading.
  • Measure at the position where your blind will be fitted to clear all window catches etc.
  • Measure within any tiles or other limitations inside the recess which may affect the finished working width of the blind.
  • Measure in centimetres and round each measurement to the nearest 0.1cm.
  • Measure all windows individually even if they look the same size.
  • The blind should extends at least 7–10 cm to each side of the window recess and approximately 7 to 10cm above and below to ensure that the blind gives adequate coverage of the window when closed.
  • If the window sill protrudes more than 5cms from the recess, the blind may have to stop at sill level rather than dropping below it, as this will obstruct the smooth operation of the blind.
  • Make a note of the new calculated measurement select ‘Actual Size’ in the option box when ordering. This will be the exact size that your finished blind will be made to.

Important note

Please be aware when ordering Outside Recess Fit Printed Blinds that:

The fabric width is approximately 30 mm less than the finished width of the blind.

The finished width of the blind – ‘actual blind size’ - refers to the total width between the pins at each end of the roller cylinder, including the brackets.


Example – For an ‘actual blind size’ width given as 100cm – the Printed blind supplied will be 100cm wide Pin to Pin (within a few mm tolerance) and the fabric width will be 3cm narrower (1.5cm each side) at approximately 97cms.


The standard brackets supplied with made to measure Roman blinds, can be face or top fixed and are therefore suitable for inside or outside recess fit.

Tips for measuring

  • Use a metal tape measure - fabric ones can stretch and give an inaccurate reading.
  • Measure in centimetres and round each measurement to the nearest 0.1cm.
  • Measure all windows individually even if they look the same size.