The blinds, drapes and curtains in your home can make a huge difference in comfort, attractiveness and energy efficiency.  There are obviously lots of choices and options for covering windows.  For professional help, I always recommend to consult with an interior designer to help you choose fabrics, colors, texture and more.  I have assisted those designers in hanging their creations.  So, I know a bit about that part of it.

When it comes to blinds, you want to be sure that measure as accurately as possible.  If you are planning to place the blind inside the frame/jambs of the window, you will want to measure from the inside of one jamb to the inside of the other.  Note the measurement on a sheet of paper.  When you order the blinds, (which are usually “cut to order,”) be sure to tell them that you are giving them the full width of the opening.  They should cut the blinds slightly smaller than your opening.  Be sure to have that conversation with them, so that everyone knows what to expect.

Another thing to be aware of is the depth of the jambs, from front to back.  If you plan to hang your blinds inside the frame/jambs there will need to be enough room for the blind to hang in that space and still be operable.

If you plan to hang your blinds outside the window frame, on the wall, you will probably want the blinds to extend to the right and left and cover the casing around the window.  This is a completely different measurement.  You will want to measure from the outside edge of one casing across the window to the outside edge of the other casing.  In that situation, you can tell your blind makers that you want the blinds to be actual size—based on your measurement.

If you are hanging curtains or drapes, you will want your rods to extend beyond the edge of the window when they are open.  The amount of the extension will be dependent on how much of the window you want to show and how much room you need on each side of the window for the drapes to “gather.”

It is best to hand your curtains so that the bottom of the curtain is just bare touching or barely above the floor once they are hung.  In order to get this right, you should lay the curtains out on the floor and measure from the bottom of the curtain up to where the rod will attach to the curtain.  Then, inspect the rod and determine how much you need to add/subtract to adjust for where the rod needs to hang on the wall to make the curtain length hit where you want.

Does all this sound like a tremendous amount of detail.  Generally it is…Especially if you want your drapes to be level when you get done!  If you want your curtains, drapes or blinds professionally hung in the Lansing, Michigan area, go to Lansing Handyman Service and submit the form for help.  We hang drapes and blinds throughout the Lansing, Michigan region, including Haslett, Okemos, and Grand Ledge, Michigan.