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Special Measuring

How to measure for blinds in special situations.
Including French Doors, Tile Obstructions, Window cranks, Sliding doors.

In the past the most common window treatment for sliding doors was
verticals. You can mount verticals, either within the door frame, IB, or on the
wall above the casing OB.

Allow 3-5 inches above the door frame to mount the vertical brackets. Remember, when
measuring the width for an outside mount, add a minimum of 3-4 inches on both sides of
the vertical for light control. Door handles sometimes protrude and interfere with the window
treatment, be sure to order extension brackets. These brackets add depth to the headrail,
allowing the clearance for an obstructing door handle. Other window treatments for sliders, are
often cellular or honeycomb type shades and the newest window covering for sliders, is the Vertiglide.
The Vertiglide is measured like a vertical with similar light protection and clearance guide lines.

French Doors

These doors are very simple to measure. To assure against light seepage, measure the width of the glass
pane and add as much as available without interfering with the door locks. Usually you can go at least 1
or more inches on either side. Ideal would be 2 inches on each side, adding a total of 4 inches to the width.
Allow room for mounting hardware (2" to 6") at the top. The higher you mount the blind, the greater the clearance,
of the blind off of the window. The length of the blind should be measured 2-3 inches below the glass. Hold down
brackets can be used to hold the blind in place.

Wide Windows

Most blinds are available in 2 on 1 and 3 on 1 headrail. The benefits of these are that you can open a section of
the window covering and not the entire blind. Depending on the size of the blind, some products are only warrantied
if the blind is split. This is due to the weight of the blind. This is especially true with wood and wood composite
blinds. The Blinds Factory offers this option on many of the window covering products. Measure the width of the window
and divide it by the number of blinds.


Sometimes because of tile or granite splash or other obstructions, you may need to have a cut out to allow for the blind
to move freely. Give us the width at the bottom and at the top. Be clear as to which part needs to be cut out. Specific
diagrams should be submitted for clarification. Cut outs are an additional charge.

Window Cranks

When you are measuring don't forget the cranks. Most often, people take the cranks off if they interfere with the window
covering. We can order you T-handles, a small wing nut type crank. Tell us the name of the manufacturer of the window or
we can send you some samples to see which crank fits.

Sill Depth

For flush mounts, you need to take into consideration the amount of widow depth you have to work with. Depending upon the
product, mounting depths vary. Swivel brackets are available for honeycomb shades.