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VERTICAL BLINDS ROLLER BLINDS ROMAN BLINDS VENETIAN BLINDS MEASURING AND CLEANING
Measuring Guide                  Cleaning Guide
Measuring Guide
1st you will need;
  1. A metal tape measure
  2. A pen and piece of paper
  3. ALL MEASUREMENTS MUST BE TAKEN IN MILLIMETERS. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MEASURED YOUR BLINDS IN INCHES YOU CAN USE OUR CONVERSION CHART AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.
How to measure for your new made to measure blind

Exact or recess?

You can choose to have your blind made to fit the inside of the recess of your window or it can hang on the outside.

Exact This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess. We will make your blind exactly to these measurements.

Recess This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to fit inside the window recess. We will make your blind to fit into the recess perfectly. There's no need for you to make any adjustments. 

Two simple steps to a recess measurement

Follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang inside the window recess:

1. Measure the width of the recess from wall to wall in three places as shown below. Note down the shortest measurement - this is the one we'll use.

2. Measure the drop by taking the measurement from the top of the recess to the window sill in three places as shown. Note down the shortest measurement.

Important note: You do NOT need to make any adjustments to the width or length of your blind measurements, we will make all the necessary adjustments for you.  

Two simple steps to an exact measurement

Follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess:

1. Measure the exact width of where you'd like your blind to be. Note down the measurement.

2. Measure the exact drop from the top of where you want your blind to be, to the bottom. Note down the measurement.

 

Important note for measuring Vertical blinds

Please note for the drop of a Vertical blind be sure to measure down to your window sill, we will deduct off the drop for both Exact and Recess measurements to ensure your louvres run smoothly along your sill. 

Important note for measuring Roller blinds

For Roller blinds, we have to allow for fittings at either end of the blind, as there is no headrail. This means the actual fabric is approximately 2.8cm less for an exact measurement and 3.3cm less for a recess measurement. You don't need to make this adjustment, we do.

Measuring Velux Window Blinds

There is no need for measuring; you only need to provide us with a reference number. To do this simply check your unique Velux data plate (see diagram below), for the reference number and match it up using the drop down menu that appears once you have picked your fabric. Please note the data plate is only visible when the window is open and can be found on the top sash of the window.

Type = the first 3 letters (For example GGL, GHL or GPL) Size = the following numbers (1-3 digits long which may include a letter for example S06, 606 or 4)

Locate your data plate

In order to match the correct blind for your window, you need to provide us with information from the window's data plate.

All VELUX roof windows have a data plate stating exact information about the window.

For windows such as the one illustrated on the left, the data plate is located in the right corner of the top sash behind the ventilation flap.
  
On other types of VELUX windows, you will find the data plate somewhere visible on the inside of the frame or sash, or behind the ventilation flap. 

Data plates differ in appearance depending on the model of your

VELUX window. Please identify and select the version of data plate on your window from the illustrations to the right:

 1. Window type
2. Window size
3. Window variant
4. Production code

        

Roof windows delivered after 01 April 2001 can be recognised by a grey plate size code made up of a combination of one letter and two numbers (i.e GGL M04)

Roof windows delivered from 01 April 1991 to 01 April 2001 can be

recognised by a golden coloured data plate and a size code made up of three numbers (i.e GGL 304)  
Roof windows delivered before 01 April 1991 can be recognised by a silver coloured data plate and a size code made up of one number

combined with three letters (i.e GGL-1)

Measuring Louvres only

There is no need to measure your window when replacing your louvres simply measure the length of one of your current vertical blind slats louvres (this is the drop including both pockets), this measurement will always need to be exact. You may find it easier to place one slat straight on the floor to measure it. The width of your louvres will be 89mm or 127mm width louvres. Our top hangers are the double hangers and are compatible with most vertical blind tracks on the market now. Always keep your old top hangers just in case ours are not compatible with your hooks/pegs. If you are unsure you can email us a picture and we will have a look. Then send us your hangers and we will gladly sew them in to the vertical blind slats for you.

Our top hangers look like these:


When measuring for pvc rigid blind slats you need to add 10mm on top for the difference between the top of the new slat to the bottom of the hole. A diagram can be emailed to you if required. We will always ask you if you have added on the extra 10mm.

If your slimline vertical blind track just needs a simple fix for e.g. re-cording here are some simple videos to show you how:
Split Draw
One Way Draw
One Way Draw To Opposite side

Measuring Perfect Fit Blinds

Step 1: Are Perfect Fit Blinds Suitable for Your Window?

First you will need to find out whether perfect fit is suitable for the frame of your conservatory, window or door.  

The brackets which will secure your Perfect Fit Blind in place are only compatible with internally beaded PVCu window frames, which have been sealed with glazing gasket. 

Most modern windows are internally beaded, due to safety legislation.

However, glazing tape is often used by rather than glazing gasket as it's cheaper for the window or conservatory manufacturer.  

Unfortunately, if your window is externally beaded or sealed with glazing tape, then it will not be possible to install Perfect Fit Blinds.

If you are unsure whether Perfect Fit Blinds are suitable, please contact us. 

Step 2: Check for Obstructing Handles.
Measure if there is a 6mm clearance all around the frame of the window frame, especially where there is a handle.
TIP: Spacers can be supplied to raise the handle if there is a slight obstruction.
  
  
Step 3: Measure the GLASS SIZE in mm.
To do this, measure the actual visible glass WIDTH and DROP as accurately as possible.
TIP: We recommend using a digital measuring tape if possible and to measure in both corners and the centre of the window and use the smallest measurement in each direction.
Step 4: Measure the WINDOW FRAME DEPTH in mm.
To do this, we recommend using a Depth Gauge. This gives a measurement from the glass to the face of the window frame where the clip-in brackets will be fitted.
Based on the WINDOW FRAME DEPTH that you provide, we will select the appropriate bracket size, as follows:
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is between 14mm to 18mm, we will send 18mm brackets.
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is between 19mm to 20mm, we will send 20mm brackets.
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is between 21mm to 24mm, we will send 24mm brackets.
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is 25mm, we will send 24mm brackets.
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is 26mm, we will send 24mm brackets. 
  • If your WINDOW FRAME DEPTH is 27mm, we will send 24mm brackets.

    Please note that for window frame depths of between above 24mm, we adjust the Perfect Fit frame so that it is compatible with 24mm brackets.

Handy hints

Take all your measurements in millimeters. Always look out for things like window handles, dado rails or tiles. You'll need to take their position into account to ensure a perfect fit.

All our blinds can be fitted into the face of your window frame or wall, or into the top of the lintel. This gives you complete control over the positioning of your blind.

If you have any questions about measuring your window please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Cleaning Your Blinds

There are many simple and effective ways to clean your blinds. Regular cleaning and dusting will help to prolong the life of your blinds and enhance the look and feel of your room.

Cleaning Aluminium Blinds

Aluminium blinds can be washed, vacuumed or dusted, depending on the level of cleaning needed. The surfaces of aluminium blinds are very smooth, so they are easy to dust. If you dust them regularly it will cut down the amount of cleaning needed.

To dust the blind, use a soft clean cloth or feather duster and tilt the slats to wipe clean. If you are using a vacuum, attach the brush head and tilt the slats (being careful not to bend them).

To wash aluminium blinds, use a damp cloth or sponge. For stubborn stains add a mild detergent to your cleaning utensil. You can also take the blind down and soak in a tub of mild soapy water and then rinse clean and wipe dry - or dry completely in the open air.

Cleaning Wood Blinds

Ideally, clean your wooden blinds by dusting them using a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment, the surface is smooth so dust should be easily removed. Washing your wooden blinds could seriously damage them. Water or dampness can warp or discolour the slats.

Cleaning Fabric Blinds (except Roman Blinds)

Most fabric blinds will be anti-static, so will require only a small amount of cleaning from the brush attachment of your vacuum or a feather duster. If you can't machine wash your fabric, use a damp cloth with lukewarm water to wipe clean. For tougher stains use a mild detergent and spot clean.  If your vertical blind track is in good working order and you just want to brighten your room up you can purchase Replacement Louvres from our shop.

Cleaning Roman Blinds

If your blind has a label with the (P) symbol then the fabric can be dry cleaned with care. Remove the blind from headrail and take out the fabric rods and the bottom bar (paying attention to how the cords are threaded). Alternatively, fabric can be cleaned using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner. Soft fabrics may shrink - if any of the fibre rods become visible trim them off to the desired length.