How to measure for blinds

Blinds are easily fitted as a do-it-yourself project, but make sure that you take down the exact measurements when having your blinds made, or when buying blinds. Here's how to measure for blinds


Step 1
Mark a level line, ideally 4-5cm above the window, using the spirit level to check it. Use the end brackets to mark the screw hole positions, at equal distances from the centre of the window.

Step 2
Check that each bracket is on the correct side; see instructions supplied with blind. Drill holes, insert wall plugs and secure the brackets with screws.

Step 3
If you're lucky the blind will fit exactly. Otherwise, measure the distance between the brackets, then deduct the amount stated on the instructions supplied. Now unroll the blind and mark and cut the roller and the lath (the strip of wood at the bottom) using the hacksaw. Mark and cut the blind with sharp scissors. Push the end plug and side control into the ends of the roller (making sure they are on the correct sides), then slot the blind into the brackets.



Step 4
Fitting the blind inside the recess requires exact measurements, but you can be more flexible with the blind size if you fit the roller outside the recess.

Step 5
If you are fitting the blind to a wood surround rather than masonry, you can screw directly into the wood (start the hole first with a bradawl), and no drilling or wall plugs are needed.

DIY Tips:
When cutting down a blind that has a central pull string, you’ll need to trim from both sides, or the cord will not hang centrally. If you don’t want the fuss of cutting the roller to fit, order a made to measure blind. Can't find a blind you like? Make one using your own fabric, a roller blind kit and fabric stiffener.