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Measuring Instructions for Pleated Shades

Pleated shades have gorgeous pleats that give your space a great texture. And don’t forget about the color choices and that they can save you money on your energy bills.

Measuring tips:

  1. Only use a measuring tape made of steel.
  2. Always round every measurement to the closest 1/8”.
  3. Start with the width and then move to the height.
  4. Never rely on the measurements of your current window coverings. The best way to get accurate measurements is to measure the window yourself.

  • Inside Mount

    ViewInstructions for Inside Mount
    Inside mounted pleated shades mount inside the window casing, and do not cover the window molding.

  • Outside Mount

    ViewInstructions for Outside Mount
    Outside mounted pleated shades are mounted on the wall and cover the window molding.

Instructions for Inside Mounted Pleated Shades

Depth Requirements

  • With pleated shades, there is a depth requirement if you want an inside mount. Look at the “Product Info” tab to find out more.

Measure the widthMeasuring the width

  • To find the exact width measurement you’ll use when ordering, measure from left to right in the window frame. Make sure to do it three times, at the top, the middle, and the bottom.
  • Only use the smallest width and you’ll need to round down to the nearest 1/8”.
  • That’s your width.

Measure the heightMeasuring the height

  • To find the exact width measurement you’ll use when ordering, measure from top to bottom in the window frame. Make sure to do it three times, at the top left, the center, and the top right. And do measure all the way down to the bottom of the window sill.
  • Only use the largest height and you’ll need to round up to the nearest 1/8”.
  • That’s your height.

Our factory will make all deductions that need to be made, all based on the numbers you give to us. Do not make your own deductions. Do not add to the width to make up for any deductions that we’re going to make. For more light coverage, use an outside mount instead. Look at this chart below for the deductions per collection:

Pleated ShadesDepth required for secure inside mountDepth needed for flush inside mountFlat surface for outside mountTotal Deduction
Sonoma No-Holes3/4"2 1/4"3/4"1/4" off headrail 3/8" off fabric
Basic Pleated1 7/8"2 1/4"1 7/8"1/4" off headrail 3/8" off fabric
Home Collection3/4"2 1/4"3/4"1/4" headrail 3/8" fabric
Cordless Included1 1/2"2 1/4"1 1/2"3/8"
Premium Pleated1 7/8"2 1/4"1 7/8"1/4" headrail 3/8" fabric
Grand Pleated1/2"2 1/2"1/2"1/4" headrail 1/2" fabric

Instructions for Outside Mounted Pleated Shades

An outside mount covers all of the window opening and frame, so there are some additions you’ll need to make to order the correct size. We will make your product according to your measurements, and we won’t change those measurements in any way.

Flat surface requirements

  • If you want an outside mount, you have to first determine if you have enough space. If not, it won’t work. You’ll need about 2 ½” of flat space. To find the exact specifications, read the information under the “Product Info” tab.

Measure the widthMeasuring the width

  • Measure the top, middle, and bottom of the window to determine the width.
  • Look at those three measurements and make note of the largest one. Then add at least 4” to that number to make sure it covers the window completely.
  • You now have the right width to use when ordering.

Measure the heightMeasuring the height

  • Measure the top left, center, and the top right to the bottom of the window sill to determine the height.
  • Look at those three measurements and make note of the largest one. Then add at least 4” to that number to make sure it covers the entire window.
  • You now have the right width to use when ordering.