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DIY: How to measure your window decor with Finishing touches

DIY projects can be time-consuming and a real challenge. Figuring out how to do projects on your own, while keeping up with a busy career and spending precious time with your family – this can be hard to juggle. Thanks to Finishing Touches, here’s our guide to measure your windows when you need to order and install blinds, rods and tie backs.

These guidelines are the secret that will help you choose the right tools for the job and create the perfect window setting. Tools you might need

  • Drill
  • 5mm masonry bit
  • Ladder
  • Drill bit
  • Measuring tape
  • Star pointed screwdriver
  • Pen or Pencil

Measuring for Curtain Rods Measure the inside width of the window. Rods should extend 10-20cm beyond the window on each side. Measure the height according to your existing or new curtain height. Measuring for Tie backs Tie backs should be installed approximately 1 metre from the floor. Measuring for Finials Ensure there is enough space for your chosen finial at the ends of the rod. If space is limited, consider an end cap finial. Inside measurement Check that nothing is protruding into recess area where the blind will hang (i.e. burglar bars)

  • Inside reveal width
  • Inside reveal drop

TIP: take the measurements x 3 times: left, middle, right or top, middle, bottom and use smallest size to be safe. Outside measurement

  • We recommend 10cm overlap on each side of the window
  • We recommend 10cm overlap on the top of the width of the window

Cut out blinds

  • Measure the width between the tiles
  • Measure the drop of the tile itself
  • Measure the width of the tile itself

Some handy hints when measuring your windows

Always use a metal tape measure as plastic and cloth tapes may stretch. Even 5mm can make the difference between a good fit and a bad one! Finishing Touches can always help you with your installation because they realize that DIYers may also need a break! Just give them the correct measurements you took while using the above guidelines, and they will install your window décor in time and on budget.

For more visit www.finishingtouchessa.co.za.

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