Measuring Guides and FAQs

How to Measure for Your New Window Blinds

It’s something that we get asked how to do all the time, so you will be happy to know our easy-to-follow guide has all your bases covered. Here’s everything you need to know for our New Zealand windows.

  • Reach for your metal tape measure - its the very best tool for the job.
  • You only need to know the width and the drop (length) - its that easy.
  • You will need to select between the three options for fitting...

1) Measuring for Inside Fitting Blinds

  • Step 1: Measure the width of the inside of the frame; across the top, bottom and middle. Write down the smallest of the three measurements.
  • Step 2: Measure the drop (length) of the inside of the frame across the left, middle and right. Write down the smallest of the three.
  • Step 3: Check that you have enough clear space inside the window to mount the blind. you will need 60 mm for a single roller blind and 100 mm for a double roller blind.
  • Step 4: When ordering your blind, select the “inside (Frame)” option.
  • Step 5: When ordering your blind, select “front roll” option. This means that the fabric will roll off the front of the roll to avoid any latches, or other hardware inside the frame.

Important Tip for Inside Fitting Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets). Remember to take no deductions off the width and height measurements, but to record the exact size in the width and height boxes on our website. On a venetian blind we will only deduct 6mm each side to allow for fitting and the brackets.

2) Measuring for Outside Fitting Blinds:

  • Step 1: Measure the outside of your window recess from one side to the other. You should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edges of the brackets to be.
  • Top Tip: For best results allow your blind to overlap the edges of the recess by at least 50 mm on each side. - ensuring that you have enough space to accommodate the suggested overlap.
  • Step 2: Measure your recess from top to bottom, starting from where you want the brackets to be and ending where you want the bottom of the blind to be.
  • Step 3: When ordering your blinds, select the “outside” fit option.
  • Step 4: When ordering your blinds, select back roll. This means that the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy and light control.

Important Tip for Outside Fitting Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets).

3) Measuring for Blinds to be Mounted on an Architrave

  • Step 1: Measure across from outside edge of architrave to outside edge of architrave. Again, you should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edge of the brackets to be this will be your width measurement
  • Step 2: Measure from the top to the bottom of your archtrave, this will be where your blind brackets sits at the top and where the bottom of your blind finishes - this will be your height measurement.
  • Step 3: When ordering your blinds select the “Architrave” fit option.
  • Step 4: When ordering your blinds select the “back” roll option. This means the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy, light control and better insulation.

Important Tip Architrave Roller Blinds
Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets).

The old adage 'Measure Twice, Cut Once' holds true even today. To help you correctly measure and specify the design of your Blinds, Curtain rods, Venetian Blinds and Ready Made Curtains, we have prepared the following guide. Please see below for some of the more commonly asked questions, if you need more information please call or email us. Click on each title to read more

Blinds

  • How do I measure for blinds?
    How do I measure for blinds?

    It’s something that we get asked how to do all the time, so you will be happy to know our easy-to-follow guide has all your bases covered. Here’s everything you need to know for our New Zealand windows.

    • Reach for your metal tape measure - its the very best tool for the job.

    • You only need to know the width and the drop (length) - its that easy.

    • You will need to select between the three options for fitting...


    1) Measuring for Inside Fitting Blinds


    • Step 1: Measure the width of the inside of the frame; across the top, bottom and middle. Write down the smallest of the three measurements.

    • Step 2: Measure the drop (length) of the inside of the frame across the left, middle and right. Write down the smallest of the three.

    • Step 3: Check that you have enough clear space inside the window to mount the blind. you will need 60 mm for a single roller blind and 100 mm for a double roller blind.

    • Step 4: When ordering your blind, select the “inside (Frame)” option.

    • Step 5: When ordering your blind, select “front roll” option. This means that the fabric will roll off the front of the roll to avoid any latches, or other hardware inside the frame.


    Important Tip for Inside Fitting Roller Blinds
    Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets). Remember to take no deductions off the width and height measurements, but to record the exact size in the width and height boxes on our website.

    How do I measure for blinds?

    2) Measuring for Outside Fitting Blinds:


    • Step 1: Measure the outside of your window recess from one side to the other. You should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edges of the brackets to be.

    • Top Tip: For best results allow your blind to overlap the edges of the recess by at least 50 mm on each side. - ensuring that you have enough space to accommodate the suggested overlap.

    • Step 2: Measure your recess from top to bottom, starting from where you want the brackets to be and ending where you want the bottom of the blind to be.

    • Step 3: When ordering your blinds, select the “outside” fit option.

    • Step 4: When ordering your blinds, select back roll. This means that the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy and light control.

    How do I measure for blinds?

    3) Measuring for Blinds to be Mounted on an Architrave


    • Step 1: Measure across from outside edge of architrave to outside edge of architrave. Again, you should be starting and finishing where you want the outside edge of the brackets to be this will be your width measurement

    • Step 2: Measure from the top to the bottom of your archtrave, this will be where your blind brackets sits at the top and where the bottom of your blind finishes - this will be your height measurement.

    • Step 3: When ordering your blinds select the “Architrave” fit option.

    • Step 4: When ordering your blinds select the “back” roll option. This means the fabric will roll off the back of the roll to ensure the fabric stays close to the architrave for maximum privacy, light control and better insulation.


    Important Tip Architrave Roller Blinds
    Take into account that you are measuring for the placement of the brackets, not the width of the fabric. On a roller blind, the fabric will be approximately 32 mm narrower than the width you order (to allow for the operating mechanism and brackets).

    The old adage 'Measure Twice, Cut Once' holds true even today. To help you correctly measure and specify the design of your Blinds, Curtain rods, Venetian Blinds and Ready Made Curtains, we have prepared the following guide. Please see below for some of the more commonly asked questions, if you need more information please call or email us. Click on each title to read more

  • Which way should my blinds roll?
    Which way should my blinds roll?

    There are two ways your roller blinds may roll - either front roll or back roll.

    Front Roll
    This is where the fabric rolls off the front of the blind. This is the usual way a blind will roll when it is fitted inside the frame. We recommend this way for nearly all applications - especially if your window has aluminium window joinery.

    Back Roll
    This is where the blind rolls off the back of the blind. This is the usual way a blind will roll when it is exact or fitted on the outside of the frame.

  • My window is wider than the maximum width?

    This is quite a common problem. Your window will require two blinds. Please contact us or phone us on 0800 763 748 so we can discuss the best options with you.

  • Can we link roller blinds in the same window?

    Yes, it is possible to link blinds in the same window. Please see specific questions below and refer to our linked blind page.


 

Rods

  • How do I measure for curtain rods & tracks?
    How do I measure for curtain rods & tracks?

    Measuring an Existing Rod or Track
    If you have an existing curtain track or curtain rod all you will need to do is measure the total length, excluding the finials (this will give you the total length you require to start shopping.

    Step by Step Measuring for New Tracks & Rods.
    • Step 1 - Start by measuring the recess width of the window, shown as (A) and note this measurement down.
    • Step 2 - Now measure each side of the window recess (B) this measurement is usually 150 mm to 350mm on either side to enable the curtains to be pulled back away from the window to not restrict the daylight, again note these measurements down. A good rule of thumb guide - for a 2000mm window or recess you should have at least 200 mm each side of the window, for a 3000 mm window or recess you should have at least 300 mm each side of the window. In both examples if you are using heavy fabrics allow extra again.
    • Step 3 - Add these three measurements together and this will give you the pole or track length you require. Example; B + A + C = Length required.

    Now you have the length you require you can start shopping.

    NOTE: The Rod lengths do not include the finials. The finials lengths are shown in the specification tab under each individual finial.

    Handy Hints
    • All our custom tracks & rods are manufactured to your exact measurements.
    • When taking measurements its best to get someone to hold the other end of the tape as even metal tape measures will flop over when extended.
    • All the measurements of our tracks and poles are in millimetres (mm).
    • If space is limited either side of the window a smaller finial would be best suited. Finial lengths are given in the finial section under the specification tab. Remember to measure twice cut once.

    Please feel free to contact us by using our toll free number if you are unsure on any of the above points.

 

General

  • How long will my order take to be delivered?

    We usually take between seven to twelve working days to process orders for sunscreen blinds, blackout roller blinds, venetian blinds, curtain rods and tracks and ready made curtains. If there is a delay ,you will be notified at time of placing your order. If you require your order by a certain date, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your deadline.
    On our Easy-Fit curtain track range , we have same day dispatch on your order. As long as we receive your order by 1pm it will be dispathed that day . Delivery is usually the next day for most North Island customers and three days for most of the South Island. Our three day dispatch blinds will be sent within three working days.

  • Can I order over the phone?

    Rods and Blinds are always happy to help you place your order over the phone, especially if you need some expert advice about the products before you buy. Just call us on 0800 763 748 and speak to one of our trained advisors

  • What are my payment options?

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, direct credit and cheques.

  • What are the freight costs if my order is below the FREE freight amount?

    North and South Island
    Blinds. No minimum value - FREE freight nationwide.

    Free Delivery
    FREE DELIVERY to the North Island on all orders above $500.00 and Free Delivery to the South Island on all orders above $800.00. If you have a Rural Delivery (RD) address then a rural delivery surcharge will apply.

    Freight Costs
    On all orders under the value of the above amounts there will be a standard delivery charge added to the Sub total of the goods in your shopping basket. If your order is below the amount for free freight the following charges apply:

    Curtain rods and tracks $25.00 per order

    Curtains. No minimum value - FREE freight nationwide.

    South Island
    Blinds. No minimum value - FREE freight nationwide.

    Rods $40.00 per order.

    Curtains. No minimum value - FREE freight nationwide.

  • Are my curtain rods and blinds easy to install?

    Your curtains and roller blinds have been designed to be easy to install. They come with step by step instructions with clear photos of each step. Our instructions are backed up by our 0800 number and we are happy to help.

  • What is three day dispatch?

    Three day dispatch means that this particular item will be dispatched within three full working days of receiving your payment. Orders that consist of both three day dispatch and standard delivery products will all be processed at the standard delivery times.

  • Greenguard Gold Standard. What is it?
    Greenguard Gold Standard. What is it?

    GREENGUARD Gold presents the strictest criteria to date regarding low-emissions products. It was originally developed through the study of the chemical sensitivities of children, who are at a higher risk of harm from inhaling VOCs. A product with GREENGUARD Gold Certification emits even lower chemical levels and is particularly low in formaldehyde levels so that it is safe for use around children and other vulnerable populations such as the sick or elderly.

    Greenguard Gold Standard. What is it?
 

Curtains

  • How to measure for curtains
    How to measure for curtains

    Curtain Measurements
    It is important you enter the correct measurements to ensure the curtains are made to the exact requirements, the information required is:

    Width
    To achieve the correct width, the size of the track or pole is required.

    We recommend that any track/pole should be fitted 15cm - 30cm either side of the window recess to allow curtains when open to be pulled back away from the window.

    • Curtain Track - ensure you measure the width of curtain track and not the window.
    • Curtain Pole - ensure you measure the width of the pole, excluding the finials.

    Length
    If choosing Pencil Heading - the drop measurement should be taken from the top of the track or the bottom of the ring.

    If choosing Eyelet Heading - the drop measurement should be taken from the top of the pole - please ensure you add 3cm to the drop for the fabric allowance visible above the pole

    Deciding on curtain length is down to personal preference, however there are three basic lengths you may wish to choose from:

    • Sill length - The curtain should be approximately 1cm above the sill.
    • Below sill length - The curtain should be 15 cm below the sill or 3cm above the radiator.
    • Floor length - The curtain should be 2.5cm above the floor.

  • Am I buying a curtain or a pair?

    All of our curtains come packed in pairs unless otherwise stated in the Description tab of the curtain. So when you have "Quantity: 1" in your shopping basket, this will purchase the pair.

 
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