As a wholesale blinds manufacturer, we see thousands of measurements for roller blinds, verticals etc. , however from time to time the blind we make does not always fit the opening it was meant for. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.
Only one measurement was taken
As part of the measuring process, it is always recommended to take opening measurements across the top, middle, and bottom. Windows are often not square, and in older houses it is quite common to find that the bottom is a different width from the top. Always measure that top one!
The tape measure was not straight
It can be difficult to measure a wide opening, and if the tape measure were to be allowed to bend in the middle, the final measurement will be longer.
Changes are made to the opening after measuring
In a rush to get a building completed, window furnishing specialists are called in to measure out blinds and curtains before the opening has been finalised. Blinds are subsequently made and during installation they will not fit because tiling or steps have been added. Yes, it does happen!
A laser measure was used
If all the above options passed, the last one is the laser measure. Laser measures can be +/- 0.5% depending upon the quality of the laser. On a 1000mm opening that can mean being out by up to 5mm…. long OR short. Short is OK because our blinds have a wind-out pin that can take up to 10mm. There’s nothing that can be done with a long blind, other than getting it cutdown.