Window Coverings in Center Moriches, NY

How to Measure Windows for Perfectly Fitted Coverings?

Measuring windows accurately is crucial for achieving perfectly fitted coverings that enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your home. Whether you're looking for curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters, the right measurements ensure a seamless and professional look. 


Measure windows for perfectly fitted coverings

The first step in measuring windows for coverings is to gather the necessary tools. You'll need a measuring tape, pencil, paper, and a ladder if your windows are out of reach. Begin by identifying the type of covering you plan to install, whether it's curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters. Each type may require slightly different measurements, so it's essential to know your preferred style beforehand.


Measuring for curtains

If you're installing curtains, start by measuring the width of the window frame. Measure from one side of the frame to the other, taking note of any obstructions such as handles or locks. For the length, decide whether you want the curtains to hang above the window frame or reach the floor. Measure accordingly, adding a few inches for a tailored look.


Measuring for blinds and shades

Blinds and shades require precise measurements for a snug fit. Measure the width of the window at three points: the top, middle, and bottom. Use the narrowest measurement to ensure the blinds or shades fit without gaps. For the length, measure from the top of the frame to where you want the blinds or shades to end.


Measuring for shutters

Shutters offer both aesthetic appeal and functionality. Measure the width of each window individually, as shutters are typically installed separately for each panel. Measure from edge to edge, including any frames or trim. For the height, measure from the top of the window frame to the bottom.


Consider inside or outside mount

When measuring windows, consider whether you prefer an inside or outside mount for your coverings. An inside mount fits inside the window frame, while an outside mount is installed outside the frame, creating a larger coverage area. Depending on your preference and the style of your windows, choose the mount that best suits your needs.


Inside mount

For an inside mount, measure the width and height of the window frame accurately. Subtract a small amount, typically 1/4 to 1/2 inch, from the width to allow space for smooth operation. This ensures that the coverings fit snugly inside the frame without rubbing against the edges.


Outside mount

If you opt for an outside mount, measure the width and height of the area you want to cover. Add extra inches to the width and height for overlap and a more substantial presence. Outside mounts are ideal for creating an illusion of larger windows and adding depth to your room's décor.


Account for hardware and clearance

When measuring windows, don't forget to account for hardware such as curtain rods, brackets, or valances. Measure the width including any hardware and add extra inches for clearance. This prevents the coverings from obstructing the window or interfering with the operation of doors or windows.


Hardware measurements

For curtain rods, measure the width of the rod itself and add a few inches on each side for an elegant drape. If you're installing blinds or shades, consider the depth of the brackets and how they affect the clearance. For shutters, measure the space needed for hinges and hardware to ensure smooth opening and closing.


Double-check and confirm

Once you've taken all measurements, double-check your calculations to ensure accuracy. It's helpful to have someone assist you, especially for larger windows or hard-to-reach areas. Confirm your measurements before ordering or purchasing coverings to avoid any discrepancies or fitting issues.


Measuring windows for perfectly fitted coverings requires attention to detail and precision. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters fit seamlessly, enhancing the beauty and functionality of your home. Remember to account for inside or outside mounts, hardware, and clearance to achieve a polished and tailored look for your windows.


Ready to transform your windows with perfectly fitted coverings? 

Visit Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home at our showrooms in Southampton & Center Moriches, NY. Our experienced team can assist you in selecting the ideal coverings for your windows, ensuring a stylish and functional upgrade for your home. We proudly serve the areas of Southampton, Hampton Bays, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, and Sagaponack, NY. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and discover the possibilities for your windows!