Bay windows contribute to the beauty of any house; nevertheless, finding a window blind that appears not only attractive but also has perfect fit can be a tricky job to do. Bay windows can be covered using various options like shutters, pleated shades, roller shades, valances, roman shade, cellular shade, wooden blinds, Venetian blinds, Venetian metal blinds, and many more. Made to measure blinds are the only type of blinds that can fit in a curved bay window.
Depending on the choice of window shade you make, the measurements are to be taken because each kind of blind has its measurement methods. Selecting the wrong size of the window can be an eyesore. Before taking the measurement, make sure that there is enough room where the hanging bay window intersects, as they should not overlap when you want to use them.
Moreover, energy-saving plans can be equipped with custom blinds, and for that, prior decisions are to be made to opt for a specific kind of material that goes with your personal choice. Click here for window treatments.
Step-by-step guidance has been provided to take the accurate measurements of your windows to install custom-designed bay window blinds. Taking measures is a quick process that can be done by yourself.
Material Required (Time Required 15 Minutes)
A measuring tape (preferably metal scale), cardboard, step ladder, a pen, and some paper.
Steps To Follow To Measure A Bay Window
- Initially, you need cardboard for mimicking your windows’ size. You will also use this cardboard to cut into six equal pieces that are divided longitudinally.
- After that, mark the length of your blinds, including the marginal space for installing the brackets appropriately.
- While taking the measurements of the front bay, note down the width of the bay on both the corresponding sides separately and then eliminate 15 mm from the original value for taking perfect fittings of your windows. The standardized size of a typical bay window is approximately three feet six inches in width and ten feet six inches in length. So the measurements can be calculated first in accordance with the standard units and parameters, then editing the estimated numbers with your custom sizes.
- Following this, carve out two same-size pieces of cardboard. These cutouts show where the headrails for each shade will go. Both the pieces are used as placeholders to ensure the installations do not overlap with each other.
- Then position the pieces of cardboard so that the front edges intersect in the adjacent corners and tape them into place.
- Using a pencil, lightly mark each end of the cardboard at the place of their actual intersection in the center of the window. Now mark the core point of the window.
- The above instructions can be followed for each and every angle of the bay window.
Measuring A Square Sided Bay Window
The measurements are quite easy to calculate and measure for a square-sided bay window because there are no tilted angles. Instead of measuring definite degrees of angles, there are only straight dimensions of rails on each side. The bay window is designed either with forty-five-degree curves or with the right angle with straight edges. You will have to double-check all the measurements to attain perfectly fitted blinds.
Choosing A Finishing
There are three finishings available for your windows, just off the floor, touching the floor, or puddle. Correct measurements are to be taken, keeping in mind the needs or personal choice instead of just focusing on the headrails or window size. Just off the floor will be approximately 5-0 mm shorter than your drop measurement. Floor touching blinds skims the floor by up to 5mm.
Measure The Opening Width
Customize your opening by measuring the width from either left or right across to where you want your split to be placed. Center split is popularly opted for due to its easy access. Other options include left stack or right stack or multiple openings.
If you do not want any splits, then go for the next step of selecting the kind of flow you want for your blinds. You can choose whether to let your track flow freely, or it can have a fixed flow.
Selecting The Flow
Take exact measurements in millimeters and avoid any assumed deductions or additions on your own. It is recommended to take at least three measurements to avoid any kind of inaccuracy.
Note: After you have taken the measurements, don’t erase your marks where they collide. Save the marks to use them again while you install your blinds.