often the case, particularly with older houses that windows
and window styles, and sizes differ throughout, although there
is often a very general pattern. For example, the main daytime
living areas of a house e.g. the living rooms, are important
for supplying large amounts of light during the daytime, and
are likely to face out onto the road, or street, or generally
to the front of building where they can be seen by passers
by and callers. In many cases these aren’t in recesses,
and are often ‘convex’ structures e.g. bay windows,
to allow more light and visibility. Even in these situations
however, vertical window blinds of different styles can be
Recessed windows are often found
in rooms that are situated at the back of the house e.g.
in kitchens, in rooms where it’s important to restrict
the view into the room e.g. bathrooms, or in bedrooms. These
rooms will typically have flat windows that are more toward
the outside wall of the house – they will have a small
sill on the outside. The inside recess is finished with
a window board at the bottom. This is often used for decorative
items e.g. ornaments and vases.
There may however be many different
reasons why vertical blinds are needed to cover the whole
of the window and the recess i.e. an outside the recess
is needed. The window area e.g. the glass, the frame, the
general view, may be something that’s untidy or you
may just want to restrict / obscure the view in and out
of this area. Vertical
blinds will therefore need to be fitted so that they
are close to the inner wall of the room. Measuring correctly
for a vertical blind
is arguably the most important part of the process –
if this step isn’t right then the whole effect could
be wrong. For accurate measurements you will firstly need
a good tape measure – preferably a steel tape measure.
You will also need a pen and paper to record your measurements.
Rooms, doorways, and window recesses in all homes are highly
unlikely to be uniform and level in their layout. This therefore
means that you’ll need to take 3 measurements across
the width, and 3 measurements vertically for the height.
For the width of the blind measure horizontally across the
top of the gap leading to the window recess, horizontally
across the middle, and across the bottom. To cover the recess
and window successfully, you’ll need to take the largest
of these measurements. For the height, measure vertical
from top left to bottom left, from top middle to bottom
middle and from top right to bottom right. Once again, the
largest of the measurements will ensure total coverage.
Obviously, there will need to be
some fittings to attach the blinds
to the wall, and with most new vertical blinds, these are
usually small enough to ensure a good fit that’s practically
flush to the wall. If you have questions about the fittings
/ fastenings, contact a high quality vertical blind manufacturer.
If you need more information about
measuring for outside the recess vertical blinds, call 01604
671189, or contact
Blind Corner online.