Measuring for Woven Blinds
Measuring is the starting point in the production of a custom window treatment and one of the most critical phases of any installation. Too often not enough time is taken to get accurate measurements or all the measurements needed for all window treatment applications. Proper measurements can help to avoid mistakes, excessive work, and call backs.
There are some common considerations you should look for and record when you are measuring a window or room of windows:
1. Floor and ceiling are not the same distance apart or parallel.
2. Walls are not flat, or they have waves in them.
3. Windows are not square with the floor or ceiling.
4. Proper clearance between treatments.
5. Obstructions such as: a) Window sills
b) Window frames
c) Window cranks
d) Windows which open into the room
e) Electrical switches
f) Electrical outlets
g) Air conditioners
h) Heating outlets
i) Cold air returns
j) Baseboard heating units
l) Door knobs
m) Doors that open into the room.
n) Sensors for alarm systems
o) Light fixtures
q) Anything else that cannot be easily moved
You must also record the type of surface you will be mounting your brackets into and the type of fasteners you will need
- Wood - Drill bits to pre-drill hole to prevent splitting and wood screws
- Plaster - Plastic wall plugs, toggle bolts
- Drywall or sheet rock - Hollow wall fastener/Molly bolts
- Aluminum - Self drilling/Tek screws
- Steel - High speed steel drill bits, self drilling or heavy duty screws
- Brick or cinder block - Masonry drill bits, plastic wall plugs or concrete screws
- Concrete - Masonry drill bits, plastic wall plugs and heavy duty screws
We do not recommend lead type wall plugs for installation.
One way to be successful in measuring is to have the right tools and materials. You should have the following tools and materials available to measure:
1. Steel tape measure - to get accurate measurements
2. Step ladder - to reach high places
3. Level - to check plumb of windows and wall
4.Pencil - to record information
A measuring worksheet is also a very useful tool for recording and organizing detailed information.
You should never take “ballpark measurements”. Always measure as if you were ready to order the product now from the measurements taken.
1. Never use “ballpark” measurements.
2. Use a metal tape measure.
3. Always read the tape measure straight on.
4. Use a ladder whenever a measurement is above eye level.
5. Get assistance whenever tips 3 and 4 cannot be achieved alone.
6. Measure to the nearest 1/16”.
7. Measure in three places for both width and length.
8. Use the smallest measurement for inside mount.
9. Use the largest measurement for outside mount.
10. Use the same technique or method for each measurement when measuring diagonals.
11. Do not forget sill details.
A. Measure the inside width dimension in at least three different places and record the narrowest. If there is a substantial difference make a note in special notes.
B. Measure the inside length dimension in at least three different places and record the shortest. If there is a substantial difference make a note in special notes.
C. Measure the outside width dimension in at least three different places and record the widest. If there is a substantial difference make a note in special notes.
D. Measure the outside length dimension in at least three different places and record the longest. If there is a substantial difference make a note in special notes.
E. Measure both diagonal measurements and note the difference between them on the worksheet. Darken the dotted line of the longer diagonal.
F. The depth of the inside mounting surface. Note any locks, cranks, handles or interior screens that may interfere with installation or the operation of the treatment
G. Thickness of the window trim.
H. The distance from the window trim to light switches, electrical outlets, pictures on the wall or anything else that might interfere with installation or operation of the window treatment.
I. The face width of the window trim.
J. The wall space if less than 36” on both sides of the window.
K. The shortest distance between the top of the trim to the ceiling.
L. The shortest distance between the bottom of the trim or sill to the floor.
M. The longest distance from the top of the trim to the floor
N. Distance ceiling to floor
installing for Woven Blinds
Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that its products, properly measured, installed and maintained in the window/door will be free from defect in materials and workmanship from the date of sale to the original purchaser for the period shown below, based upon product type.
Manh Truc Woven Shades - Lifetime Limited
The obligation of Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. and its dealers is limited to repair or replacement of the internal mechanisms, components and brackets found to be defective when the product is returned to Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. at the expense of the original purchaser within the warranty period stated above. Repairs will be made with like or similar parts. Discontinued components or colors will be replaced with closest equivalent current product.
Operational cords on Lafayette products are warranted for 7 years from the date of purchase. All repairs and remakes will conform to current child safety requirements. If the repair or remake is outside the 7 year operational cord warranty then any costs to conform to child safety guidelines are the responsibility of the dealer. Fabric delamination is also covered within the warranty period stated above.
This warranty does NOT include any conditions caused by normal wear and tear or damages resulting from accidents, alterations, misuse, abuse, misapplication, exposure to the elements (sun damage, wind/water/moisture) and discoloration or fading over time). Failure to follow instructions for measurement, installation, cleaning or maintenance void the warranty. The product can only be used in the window/door for which it was originally purchased. Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. will not be liable for trip charges, measuring, disassembly, removal, reassembly or reinstallation of this product, nor for damage or loss to other property.
This warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other obligations, liabilities, or warranties. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may have other rights which vary from state to state. In some states the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages may not apply.
To obtain warranty service, contact an authorized Lafayette dealer. The dealer will work with Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. to promptly repair or replace any defective parts or components without charge. Warranty claims must be accompanied by proof of purchase.
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THE WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS “LAFAYETTE WARRANTY” STATEMENT ARE IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WHICH WARRANTIES ARE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED BY LAFAYETTE VENETIAN BLIND, INC.
THE SOLE OBLIGATION OF LAFAYETTE VENETIAN BLIND, INC., AND THE SOLE REMEDY OF ANY ORIGINAL PURCHASER FOR ANY CLAIMED BREACH OF WARRANTY, DEFECT OR NONCONFORMITY OF PRODUCT (REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF SUCH CLAIM, AND INCLUDING CLAIMS OF BREACH OF WARRANTY, CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, AND ALL OTHER CLAIMS) SHALL BE THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER’S RIGHT TO RETURN ANY NONCONFORMING PRODUCT TO LAFAYETTE VENETIAN BLIND, INC., IN EXCHANGE FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF SAID PRODUCT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LIMITED EXPRESS WARRANTY STATED IN THIS “LAFAYETTE WARRANTY.” IN NO EVENT SHALL LAFAYETTE VENETIAN BLIND, INC., BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL, TO ANY ORIGINAL PURCHASER OR ANY OTHER PARTY, ARISING OUT OF SALE OR USE OF PRODUCTS SOLD BY LAFAYETTE VENETIAN BLIND, INC., WITH THE LIMITED EXPRESS WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS “LAFAYETTE WARRANTY” STATEMENT.
Lafayette will, at our discretion, repair or replace the window fashions product or components found to be defective. Product warranties DO NOT imply replacement of the product.
Product returned to Lafayette must comply with the Return Product Packaging Policy. Lafayette will not be responsible for removal charges, reinstallation charges or shipping costs incurred.