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Panel Track | How To Meassure

Selecting the Type of Mounting:
Determine whether the panel track shade is going to be installed inside the window frame or outside the window frame. It is strongly recommended that panel tracks systems be installed as outside mount.

Inside Mount (IB): (Not Recommended For This Product!) Inside mount installations are often preferred because the blinds take up less space in the room.

Measuring the Width and the Length for Inside Mount:
For the width, measure across the top, middle, and bottom of the window opening. Using the
narrowest dimension, measure to the nearest 1/8”. By using the narrowest measurement the
shade will operate correctly.

For the length, measure the up and down dimension on the left, center, and right side. Use the
shortest length measurement, measuring to the nearest 1/8”.

The factory will make any appropriate deductions. Do not make any width or length deductions.

Outside Mount (OB):
Outside mount installations are mounted on the wall or on the window molding. It is best to
overlap the window opening at least 3” on each side when measuring for panel track shades.

Measuring the Width and the Length for Outside Mount:
Measure the area that the blind is to cover. For panel track shades it is recommended to overlap
the window opening by at least 3” on each side for a total of 6”. To allow for enough space for the
mounting brackets, it is also suggested that a panel track be installed at least 3” above the window

Note: When outside mount shades are specified, no factory deductions are taken.

Important Note For Measuring:
Calculating Stacking Space Depending on the width of the opening, individual panels can vary in size from 12” up to 36” in width. Therefore, if a complete and unobstructed view is required, one must allow for enough space at the side of the window for the panels to stack. In order to calculate the size of each fabric panel for a given window, you must first determine the number of panels required for the opening. Please reference the chart below for this information. Second, you must calculate the size of each panel by dividing the width measurement of the window opening by the number of panels. Finally, add 1 ½” to account for fabric panel overlap.

Confirming Measurements:

The most common error in ordering blinds is reversing the width and the length measurements. Always confirm that the width is the
measurement that goes across from left to right and that the length is the measurement that goes from top to bottom.

Maximum Sizes:

  • Minimum Width: 18”
  • Maximum Height: 144″
  • Minimum Height: 18”
  • Maximum Width: 144″

Wall Brackets:

  • 4” Extends to 6-1/2”
  • 3” High
  • 1” Wide[/one_third]

Fabric Hems:
All fabric hems are Pocket Bottom weight. The Pocket Bottom weight Hembar is an aluminum extrusion welded inside a pocket made by folding over the fabric at the bottom of each fabric panel. The bottom weight bar is completely concealed within this pocket.

In compliance with the latest manufacturing safety guidelines Blinds Northwest includes with each fully-assembled product warning tags, warning labels, safety devices and cord cleats. Installers of the finished product must adhere to the safety guidelines as established by the installation instructions and by using all devices provided by the manufacturer. It is the responsibility of the installer, as well as the end consumer, to see that all safety devices are properly installed according to the manufacturers installation instructions included with each device and remain so throughout the life of the product. Blinds Northwest is not liable for injuries or fatal occurrences related to improper installation or maintenance of required safety devices.

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