Overview

installing a window shade
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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To measure your windows for any shade, you first have to decide how you're going to install them. There are two basic methods: inside mount and outside mount. The inside mount is more finished-looking. To measure for this installation, first determine the width by taking the distance between the two side jambs. Measure at the top, bottom, and middle, and use the smallest of the measurements. For the length, measure from the bottom of the head jamb to the top of the stool (sill) on both sides and at the center of the window; again, use the smallest measurement. Then, double-check the measurements one more time before ordering, since all sales on custom-cut shades are final.

Warning: Window shades with pull cords can pose a strangling hazard to small children. Although most manufacturers use safety breakaway tabs and avoid cords that form a loop, for greatest safety order cordless shades.

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    Tools List

    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Multi-tip screwdriver
    • Awl
      Awl
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level and straight board
    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/16-inch-diameter bit
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. WINDOW SHADE

    2. MOUNTING BRACKETS AND SCREWS (COME WITH SHADE)

    3. WOOD SHIM