Here at Structure, we want to be certain that your shades are the perfect fit for your home. Our team of shading professionals will take care of exact measurements before your order is placed, but preliminary measurements help to improve the accuracy of our initial cost and lead time estimates. This guide walks you through the measurements we need for an initial shading quote. If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Preliminary Measurement Guide
Measuring for a Shade Quote
Anatomy of a Window
While not a comprehensive glossary of every part of a window, below you'll find the most common terms for parts of a window relevant in measuring and shading.
The framework that surrounds and supports the entire window system within the wall, which is comprised of the head, soffit, jamb, and sill.
The decorative molding or framing around a window, covering the head and jambs and extending below the sill. A shade can be mounted below, on, or above the trim.
A protruding item that aids in the use of your window, such as doorknobs, cranks, handles, latches, etc. These items must be considered in the shading of your window as they are potential obstacles in the movement of your shade. Whether or not the shade covers the hardware is entirely up to the homeowner.
Head & Soffit
Head & Soffit
The head is the main horizontal part of the window that forms the top of the window frame. The term "soffit" refers to the horizontal underside of the head. It is on or directly underneath this part of the window that a shade would be mounted.
The main vertical parts of the window that form the sides of the window frame.
The main horizontal part of the window that forms the bottom of the window frame. Shades typically stop when they reach the sill, but can fall past the sill if so desired.
Measuring Best Practices
The size of a window structure is a vital factor in accurately providing an estimate for a project. Below are some tips for measuring at home. If you do not wish to take preliminary measurements or you are unable to, no problem! It is not a mandatory part of the process, but your quote may not be as accurate. Please keep in mind, this is meant to aid in preliminary measurements used in scoping and quoting a project. Our team of shading experts will measure on site before any implementation occurs.
Shade measurements can vary based on the type of mounting you would like. If you know the type of mounting you want, great! Follow the instructions below. If you haven't decided or want a designer's opinion, just provide the largest measurements for all dimensions.
Important note: Round all measurements up to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8") and do not make any deductions to any of your measurements.
Step 1: Measuring Window Width
The width measurement refers to the horizontal length of the window.
- Measure in a level, straight line from the left jamb to the right jamb of the window
- Take three measurements of the width of the window: one at the top, one in the middle, and one at the bottom.
- For an inside mount, record the smallest of the three measurements as the window width.
- For an outside mount, record the largest of the three measurements as the window width.
Step 2: Measuring Window Height
The height measurement refers to the vertical length of the window.
- Measure in a level, straight line from the soffit to the sill of the window
- Take three measurements of the height of the window: one to the left, one in the middle, and one to the right.
- Regardless of the mounting, record the largest of the three measurements as the window height.
Step 3: Measuring Window Depth
The depth measurement refers to how far your window is set away from the dominant wall, or how deep the window frame is placed in the wall.
- Measure in a level, straight line from the glass window pane to the end of the trim, measuring the width of the jamb
- The window depth must be at least 0.75" deep for an inside mount in order for there to be adequate bracket mounting space.
Shade Quote Request Form
If you'd like an idea of the scope of your shading project, please use the above measurement techniques to fill out this form and one of our dedicated shading experts will reach out to you shortly with a quote and any design assistance you may need.
Need Further Information?
If you have any questions or need help with measuring your windows, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Request a design consultation to see automated shading in person and meet with a shading expert.