New Windows: Will My Blinds Still Fit?


Attention all homeowners! Are you planning to replace your windows soon? Have you thought about how it will affect your window treatments?

It is a common misconception that just because the width and height of your windows won’t change when you replace them, your window treatments will still fit perfectly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. One key measurement that often gets overlooked is the mounting depth.

Window treatments have 3 measurements, which include the width, height, and mounting depth. Inside mount blinds, shades, and shutters have minimum depth requirements to be installed correctly and safely. Contractors will often reassure customers that their new windows will be the same size as their old ones, but what they fail to mention is that the mounting depth can vary between windows. This can cause major issues when trying to rehang inside mount blinds, shades, or shutters.

So, what can you do to avoid this problem? First and foremost, make sure to communicate with your contractor about the importance of maintaining the same mounting depth when replacing your windows. To accomplish this goal, they may need to adjust or consider a different window option. Unfortunately, maintaining the same mounting depth is not always possible. In this case, ask your contractor how much your window depth will be reduced and speak with a window treatment expert to determine if your existing blinds, shades, or shutters will continue to fit.

Additionally, it is a good idea to measure the mounting depth yourself before and after the window replacement. This way, you can be prepared for any potential challenges reinstalling your window treatments. If necessary, you may need to invest in new window treatments that are compatible with the new mounting depth.

Finally, consider including the cost of new window treatments when planning your window replacement project. I typically advise customers to plan for 1% to 2% of their house’s value for quality window treatments for an entire home. Of course, the amount you spend will depend upon the product, options, and embellishments. For example, options like motorization increase the cost of your window treatments.

Don’t let the surprise of ill-fitting window treatments ruin the excitement of your new windows. Take the time to consider the mounting depth and make sure you’re prepared for any changes that may occur. If you have questions or need an expert to evaluate your existing window treatments prior to a window replacement project, schedule a free consultation with a Made in the Shade window treatment expert.

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