We’ve all seen them before – the specialty shape window. While most windows are rectangular, there are plenty that are not. So what is a specialty shape? It can be an arch, an angle, a trapezoid or any other shape that is not what we consider “standard”.
But, how do you measure them?
You Need a Template
First, you must create a template of the window. We will use this template to create the perfect window treatment for your window.
Tape butcher paper or heavy wrapping paper over the window opening, allowing plenty of overlap. Be sure that this paper has never been folded.
Draw an exact outline of the window opening, using a thin-line pencil or pen. Do this by carefully tracing over the inside edge of the window frame.
Remove the paper from the window opening.
Mark the shade dimensions on the template.
Check that the template dimensions match your measurements of the actual window opening.
Identify the template and its orientation. Write your name on the template and mark ROOM SIDE and TOP and bring it to the store.
Circles and Arches
If you’re dealing with a perfect arch, the height will either equal the width (when talking about circles or quarter circles) or one-half the width (for arches).
However, if you do not have a perfect arch, you need to provide a template.
With angles, either the top or bottom of the shade will be sloped or angled. To make a template, you have to measure all four sides of the window.
If you want an inside mount, measure the inside of the window.
If you want an outside mount, remember to add the desired overlap. Record all measurements on your template. More information on inside and outside mounts.
Hexagons and Octagons
Measuring hexagons and octagons is similar to measuring for a rectangle. Just remember to measure the height and width, and be sure to measure the width at the window’s widest point.
To cover a trapezoidal window, measure the window height, the top and bottom widths, and the length of the sloped side (or sides). Then you need to measure the “width reduction” which is the difference between the wider width and the shorter width on both sides.
Specialty Treatment is on the Way
Once you have successfully measured your specialty windows, you are that much closer to treating them to MyBlinds style. Just remember to bring your template to the store with your order form!