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Measuring Guide For Roman Blinds

Measuring Guide For Roman Blinds

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All our blinds are made to order so it's important you send us correct measurements. Here's our quick guide to getting it right

step 1Decide Where The Blind Will Hang

Your blind can either hang inside the window recess or outside. If you're thinking of fitting inside the recess, check there is nothing to prevent the blind from hanging naturally, such as a handle, phone socket or fittings. If a recess is shallow - with a depth of less than 6cm - or your windows open inwards. it's usually best to fit the blinds outside the recess.

Step 2 made to orderGet Your Tools Together

You'll need a measure and for this task, a metal tape is best. You'll also need a pencil and paper. Depending on the height of your windows, you may need a stepladder to reach the top of the recess. You'll see why that's important in the next step.

Step 3Take Your Measurements

Although window recesses are supposed to be square and straight, you'd be surprised how many aren't especially on older houses. This means that the height and width may be different depending on where you measure.

The solution is to measure both width and height in three different places. First measure the width across the top of the recess, then the middle and then at the bottom. Write down all your measurements. Then measure the height, first at one edge, then in the centre, then at the other edge. Write down all three measurements.

How to measure blinds

It's good practice to take each measurement twice. Anybody can misread a measure, even professionals - which is why they always measure twice.

Step 4Work Out Your Blind Size

For blinds outside the recess, you can average out each set of measurements. You then need to add a little for overlap:

  • We recommend adding 10cm to the width to allow adequate overhang to block out light. 
  • We recommend adding 15-20cm to the height to allow most of the blind to be pulled up above the window to maximise the light.
  • And if your window sill does not protrude and your blind can hang below it, we'd recommend adding another 5cm to the height to allow overhang at the bottom to block out light too.

For blinds to be fitted in the recess, you should use the minimum measurement for the width, otherwise you risk your blind being too wide for the recess. For the blind to rise and fall smoothly, we recommend you subtract 1cm from the width measurement. If you also use the minimum measure for height, your blind should hang naturally within the recess. 

Please take care with your measurements. We want your blinds to be perfect, but the measurement is literally in your hands.

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Delivery and Returns


All items to UK addresses are sent via ParcelForce for next day delivery. Please include a mobile number so that the carrier can contact you if needed on the day.

Items that are in stock will be sent out quickly but most of our items are made to order with a lead time of 14 days before posting. Due to still encountering some delays with supplies, there may be an odd occasion when this has to be extended due to delays beyond our control.

If you are in a hurry for items and want to check availability, please get in touch to check before ordering.

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Personalised Items, Dog Beds, Lampshades and Throws

As these items are always made to order, they are non-returnable unless faulty. 

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Please note we hand make most of our soft furnishings to order, and often to bespoke requirements. We pride ourselves on bringing you the very best quality items. Therefore please allow for up to a 14 day lead time during busy periods. Due to still encountering some delays with supplies, there may be an odd occasion when this has to be extended due to delays beyond our control. Please do contact us if you need an item urgently and we will always do our best to accommodate where possible.

If you really need something in a hurry - like an urgent gift - our Ready To Go items can delivered much more quickly.


All Country Abodes soft furnishing products are handmade in Britain, except for our Egyptian Cotton Bedding, which is made to our specification in Italy.

A few of our materials - threads, pompoms, towelling - may be sourced from outside the UK, but all our products - except for the bedding - are manufactured in Britain.

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We can make all of our items in many fabrics and finishes. If you would like other options which cannot be currently seen on the website, please contact us via our Fully Bespoke service and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

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