Conservatory Blinds Measuring Guide

See BRACKET IMAGES & SIZES at foot of page.

Are there any obstructions that will hinder the operation or fitting of the headrails?

Is the fixing area clear, with no ridges of PVC. Is it a flat fixing surface?

If not do you need to make allowances or consider how you get your fixings?

Do you need to make allowances for phone sockets, dado rails, lights, light switches, window sill overhangs that end by the doors etc.
Image title Conservatory measuring guide.

Decide where you want to fix your blind. We would advise directly under the fascia plate just below the roof line generally 10-12cm below where the roof meets the sides.

We do not advise fitting directly on to the fascia plate as it is not always a straight forward procedure as the aluminium under the PVC cover plate is often corrugated.

All blinds are attached with No 6x20mm self tapping screws, do not pre-drill, drive the screws in with a good power screwdriver being careful not to over tighten as you will strip the threads, stop when screw bottoms out on the bracket. If you are fixing blinds to doors give good clearance from the glass and gaskets. If you require your blind to pass behind the door handles ensure the blind is not too wide.

First decide on the blind type you wish to fit into your conservatory. How are you going to set the blinds?

One blind per window, or a selection of single and double windows per blind? This will  generally keep it practical and uniform. We would suggest with verticals to keep it to the minimum amount of tracks as possible, but no single tracks of more than 4m. If you need more than 4m, then cover in two tracks. Please email us if your track is over 3m.

Give some consideration to the controls and draw options. Keep it practical and uniform where possible, and keep all controls and draws away from the centere of any doors. Venetian blinds can be supplied with door holdown brackets that attach to the base rails. This will help to hold the blind in place when the doors are opened and closed. With the exception of wooden venetian blinds, all of our blinds can be fitted with the brackets provided and give clearance to handles up to 4.5cm in depth. Roller Blinds with the reverse roll option will clear handles. See (Fig 7) & (Fig 8).

If you wish to have wooden venetians then you will need to fit some battening Image titleequivalent to your handle depth first, that will allow the blinds to raise, lower and tilt free of handles.

Below we have provided all the bracket depths with the blind attached to enable you to measure, (Face Fix in all cases).

Best carried out with some stiff cardboard, work out your bracket and headrail width, cut two pieces of cardboard 15cm long by blind headrail width, in our example (Fig 5a) & (Fig 5) we are measuring for Vertical Blinds bracket/headrail is 96mm so our card is cut to 15cm long by a width of 96mm, place the two pieces of card into the apex slide along until they touch, mark on the inside edge of the cardboard with a pencil see (Fig 5a) & (Fig 6a) mark every apex in same way, for straight sections use the same method but allow 1cm gap as shown in (Fig 6a) & (Fig 6).

When measuring for the doors remember the width needs to be from the window sill overhang not the full width as the blind needs to draw back and raise, lower, tilt etc. free of window sills, if you have no window sills in the conservatory then measure as described above.

Use the same method for corners allowing 1cm gap between the front and side blinds as shown in (Fig 6) & (Fig 6a) or vice versa, front blinds with full width will give best window coverage to front, if you need more privacy from the side then have the sides longer into the corners, and make the front shorter as you will have a small gap of glass showing either way.

Note roman & woven wood blinds need a larger space to allow for the extra thickness of the blind when in the raised positions in the corners, information is provided in the chart below*.

Now the drop measurement. From headrail position to window sill measure all the way round the conservatory to the doors make a note of the shortest drop. Doors dependant on the type of blind and fitting method you use will determine your dimensions, if its verticals measure to the floor allowing for a mat if you have one, measure in three places make a note of the shortest drop.

All other types of blinds we would recommend fixing to the doors allowing 1.5 to 2.0cm past the glass bead to the sides of the door for width, but ensure that the blind will travel behind the handles when raised and lowered allow 3-4cm top and bottom. Ensure this will not hinder with the frame when doors are opened and closed. If you would prefer one blind across both doors or door, then take the width to the window sill less 1cm check this will not catch on skirting boards. If you have them, you may find the blind will catch on the door handles this way as the brackets do not provide enough clearance for door handles as generally they stand off the frame by 6-8cm. Most handles to the windows are 3 - 4.5cm, this could be overcome by packing out the brackets over the doors. We would suggest that this would be decided at time of installation, as in some cases you may find it works satisfactorily.

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Face fix vertical blind bracket in an Edwardian type conservatory, cut a piece of card to substitute the bracket position (1) indicates where the butting track will start. Remember to deduct an additional 1cm from all headrail's to allow for fitting clearance. Use the same principal for all blind types.




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Face fix vertical blind brackets in a Victorian type conservatory, (from our bracket pictures & chart see below 96mm) cut some card to substitute the brackets position (X) where the two meet in the apex mark where shown, this will be the ends of the headrails. Remember to deduct an additional 1cm from all headrail's to allow for fitting clearance. Use the same principal for all blind types.

Remember when you place your order you need to select (Exact) Blind Size.

This will indicate to us that you wish your blind to be made to your exact dimensions and that you have allowed for clearance of 1cm between the blinds, provide all drops as the smallest noted, all blinds with the exception of Verticals will be supplied the your exact drop given, in all cases we will deduct 1cm from all Vertical drops given if ordered as recess or exact to give window sill or floor rotation clearance.

NOTE: Child safety loose cords and looped cords.
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“Please advise us immediately after placing your order quoting your order number via email, if your blind headrail is to be installed in excess of 2.5 metres from the floor. This is essential so that control lengths can be adjusted, otherwise blinds will be supplied with controls compliant with EN 13120 so will be supplied up to a maximum of 1 metre long.”
*If drop is greater than 2.5m then cord and chain length must be less than or equal to drop of blind minus 1.5m.


Headrail width dimensions for face fixing in conservatories


The dimensions given are for our M2M blinds and do not represent an industry standard.

CONSERVATORY BRACKET SIZES


Wooden venetian blinds


Image title 25 7 35 Wooden Venetian blind box brackets face fix

25mm slats 46mm Face Fix, Will need a batten to provide handle clearance.
35mm slats 46mm Face Fix, Will need a batten to provide handle clearance.




Image title Wooden Venetian Blinds box brackest face fix.




50mm slats 66mm Face Fix, Will need a batten to provide handle clearance.




Wooden venetian blinds box brackets face fix.



63mm slats 76mm Face Fix, Will need a batten to provide handle clearance.






Standard aluminium / venetian blinds wood effect

Image title Venetian Blind UEB ext bracket.





25/16mm Face Fix UEB Ext Bracket 73mm. Provides 4cm handle clearance.




Pleated blind

Image title Pleated blind  face fix UEB EXT bracket.



20mm Pleated headrail & UEB EXT bracket face fix 70mm. Provides 4.7cm handle clearance.




Image title Standard face fix pleated blind bracket.



20mm Pleated headrail standard face fix 36mm bracket *Note this bracket will not provide any handle clearance.




Roman blind cord & cleat.

Image title Romanblind sidewinder headrail face fix.



Sidewinder with headrail 44mm Face Fix. Provides 4cm handle clearance.
Allow 55mm in corner extra blind thickness when blind is raised*




Image title Cord & Cleat roman blind face fix.



Cord & Cleat 45mm Face Fix. Provides 4cm handle clearance.
Allow 55mm in corner extra blind thickness when blind is raised*




Roller blinds.

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Image title Roller Blinds face fix bracket. *Note roller blinds over 2m are upgraded to larger barrel size.

We can match all blinds so manufactured on the larger barrel size.

So you would need to allow for this in the corners by measuring with the larger bracket see pic 2 & 3.

Ø32mm barrel Face Fix 62mm for a width under 2m

Ø40cm barrel Face Fix 68mm for a widths between 2 and 3.0m

Ø45cm barrel Face Fix 83mm for a widths between 2 and 3.0m

Order as REVERSE ROLL to miss handles.


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Ø40mm barrel width from 2mt all fabrics marked with an *


*Note roller blinds over 2m are upgraded to larger barrel size.

We can match all blinds so manufactured on the larger barrel size.

So you would need to allow for this in the corners by measuring with the larger bracket see pic 2 & 3.

Ø40cm barrel Face Fix 68mm for widths between 2 and 3.0m

All Solas fabrics marked with a * will have this bracket.

Order as REVERSE ROLL to miss handles.



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Ø45mm barrel 2mt plus fabrics NOT marked with an *

*Note roller blinds over 2m are upgraded to larger barrel size.

We can match all blinds so manufactured on the larger barrel size.

So you would need to allow for this in the corners by measuring with the larger bracket see pic 3.

Ø45cm barrel Face Fix 83mm for widths between 2 and 3.0m

All fabrics NOT marked with a * will have this bracket.

Order as REVERSE ROLL to miss handles.




Vertical blinds.


Image title Vertical blind SF589mm Louvres allow 96mm SF 5" Face Fix Ext Bracket. Provides 4.5cm handle clearance

  • Please note this information is for your guidance only. It is how our trained fitters measure for conservatories. We cannot be held responsible and do not accept responsibility for errors and possible oversight on your part when you measure and supply us with your dimensions.
  • Sizes provided are your own responsibility. Refunds or replacement blinds free of charge will not be possible if you miss measure.
  • Depending on the size of your window frame work, you may find that in the corners of the conservatory by the time you have allowed for handles and the blind headrail there may be a small amount of glass showing when the blind is in the closed position. To try and avoid this, when measuring look down the window from your marks on the frame work to see if the position of the blinds will give you total glass coverage, in some cases it may have to be a compromise.
  • If you are unsure on any of these instructions then we suggest you order and fit the main blind first then order the side blinds to fill in the gaps to the sides, if you do decide on this option we can not guarantee the blinds will have a total match in colour or that slats will line up.

It is important for us to have accurate measurements for your blinds, as they are made to your specific measurements. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us