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Easy Window Measuring Instructions

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1. Take each measurement two (2) times for every window and be 100% confident. Windows measurements often vary by as little as 1/8" potentially affecting proper fit and or operation. Errors are correctable only by purchasing a new properly measured shade.

2. Use a steel measuring tape and round down each measurement to the nearest 1/8". Shades are ONLY made to the 1/8"

3. For large windows we recommend using two or more shades on one headrail reducing the load and extending the life of the shades greatly while making them easier to operate. You can measure to place the edges of abutted shades over the center of mullions or other architectural details. ALso note many fabrics have a max width of 71", 78", 84", 118" etc.

A clean look allowing trim features to shine. The shade will hang inside the window frame (jambs). A minimum of 2 3/4" recess is necessary for a flush mount with the front of window trim for Happyshade Standard Roman. Safeshades roller and other operating systems minimums will vary according to both width and length. For smaller recesses it is sometimes desirable to use an inside mount allowing an inch or more to hang out (project) beyond the window trim.

Measuring diagram for Inside Mount Shades
Close-up of inside mounted shade

NOTE:Note: Industry standard deductions are taken for all shades specified as inside mount to accommodate operating hardware and insure proper operation. Light gaps will vary according to window construction. Light gaps for Safeshades rollers will vary from 5/8" - 1+"
according to the operating system. To minimize light leak we recommend the use of outside mount with a minimum of 2" added to the
window opening on each side.

A forgiving look that can be used to hide imperfections in window framing or trim. Also used when window recess is less than the 2 3/4" minimum for flush inside mount (standard roman). The shade will hang outside the window overlapping the trim or outside frame. This is also used to mount shades to doors (see below). To minimize light leak we recommend a minimum of 2" is added to the window opening on each side. For openings with trim or moulding it is often desirable to measure from outside edge to outside edge for width and from top edge to top of sill (assuming sill extends further than trim or molding) for length.

Close-up of outside mounted shade Measuring for Outside mount diagram

Hinged and or French DOORS can be measured for width ( DIM A ) from the edge of the glass to the edge of the hardware (escutcheon) then mounting the shade so that it is centered; balancing operation with coverage (shade may need assistance getting around lever). We further recommend providing an additional 2" to the top AND the bottom of the glass height to allow for mounting hardware to clear internal door components (DIM E +4"). Standard Roman is generally the only system that will work with lever handles in the HappyShades line. It is generally preferred to specify operating cords on the hinge side for the least obstruction of the cords or operating chain.

Door measuring diagram


- Due to the nature of the material: *color, grain, texture, privacy and light transparency may vary according to the inherent characteristics of the materials.

-Though we strive to control every last detail regarding our shade production, some patterns (including those that are GreenGuard or Oeko Tex certified) may not be suitable for our friends with chemical sensitivities. Please call for additional details.

-Some patterns may require additional operating options based on ordered dimensions, conditions, and or customer desires. An Earthshade Representative will assist with recommendations.

-Minor stretching and twisting is inherent to the materials and may require a varying amount of time to acclimate. Sun exposure may cause discoloration or fading

-Kindly see Order-Contact for Additional terms, conditions, and warranty details

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