Tech Tip: Measuring for Multiple Blinds in One Window

2 blinds in one window.

Have an extra wide window that one shade or blind doesn’t quite cover? Or it’s not quite wide enough that using two or three blinds on one headrail is overkill? Here’s a tip. Try mounting two or three separate blinds in one window.

This solution works particularly well with mini blinds, which are a great option for both homes and offices. They’re a natural fit for today’s Industrial design trend (have you seen some of the hot metallic colors they come in now?). All-aluminum minis are a great choice for large, high windows, too, because they’re low maintenance, more durable than the vinyl variety, and resistant to rust, dust and kinks.

Mini blinds will blend into most spaces.

To mount two (or more) separate minis in one window (wood, honeycomb/cellular and faux wood treatments also work well), just follow these easy steps from our Tech Tips playbook to get the right fit for this custom look.

How to Measure for Installing Multiple Blinds in One Window

(Note: Factory deductions as shown below are taken on inside mounted treatments only. When hanging multiple outside mounted blinds, follow the same steps here, but do not allow for any deductions; just measure and divide by the number of blinds.)

For inside mounted wood, faux wood and minis:

1. Measure the window as shown in our measuring instructions. Width is key here, but don’t forget to measure the depth of your window, too.

2. For two (2) separate blinds in one window, take the smallest width and divide it by 2. Then add 1/4″ to the width of each blind. (The factory will deduct 1/2″ from each blind.)

Example:
If your window measured 80″ wide, total ordered width for each blind would be:
80″ ÷ 2 = 40″
40″ + 1/4″ = 40 1/4″

3. For three (3) blinds in one window, repeat the same steps, but do not add anything to the width of the middle blind.

Example:
If your window measured 90”wide, total ordered width for each blind would be:
90” ÷ 3 = 30”
Left blind = 30” + 1/4” = 30 ¼” Middle blind = 30″  Right blind = 30″ + 1/4″ = 30 1/4″

When measuring for multiple honeycomb/cellular blinds for one window, follow the same steps, but add 1/8″ to the width of each blind. (The factory will deduct 1/4″ from each blind.)

If you have any doubts or questions about measuring your window for multiple products, just give our Customer Service Team a call and they’ll walk you through it. (They can also help you order a shared valance to create the appearance of a single, cohesive window treatment.)

Need advice on troubleshooting other window treatment head-scratchers? Check out our Technical Tips page for how-to guides, measuring tips, buying guides and more.