Your Questions – Recess or Exact?

September 23rd, 2014 in All About Blinds

We always love to hear any questions or queries that our customers have, after all, we pride ourselves on our customer service! We thought it would be a great idea to share some of those questions and answers with you, just in case they help solve any of your own burning issues.

Dawn asked:

“When I put my measurements in on the website, does it matter whether I select the recess or exact fitting option?”

We answered:

 Yes it does!

The fitting option you choose will relate to where exactly you’re fitting the blind – this can also affect the measurements slightly too so you need to make sure you select the correct one.

To help make things clearer, take a look at our quick guidelines below:

Recess Measurement


When you are fitting your blind in the window recess (the hole in the wall where the window sits) then you simply need to measure wall to wall and top to bottom in the alcove itself.

If you’ve measured the space exactly, we’ll make a slight deduction when we process the order (1cm overall on the width for all blinds, except roller blinds which is only 6mm) to ensure that your blind fits in nice and tight but doesn’t get caught on the sides at all as you try to operate it.

Exact Measurement


If you prefer to fit your blind to cover the recess completely (quite popular with roller and roman blinds)  then you’ll need to measure from the exact point that you want your blind fitted.

For example, if you want it to overlap the sides of your window by 5cm at each end, you’ll need to measure from 5cm to the left of the window, right up to 5cm to the right of the window and give us that measurement as the width – by selecting “exact” in the fitting option, it ensures that we won’t make any deduction.

If you’re still uncertain, you can find more information on the measuring guide section of our website 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Your Questions – Recess or Exact?

  1. I have stupidly measured them as exact but what them in the recess will they still fit even if it’s a tight fit?

    • Hi Amber, it may do depending on the blind you’ve ordered. The best thing to do is call our lovely team on 0800 862 0464 and they’ll be able to take a look and advise.

  2. I want to fit blackout blinds the type that have side runners. My windows are like the velux windows design but tilt and turn not fitted in the roof but in standard position. The type you demonstrate would be fine as mine have a recess exactly like velux frames. You state on your video to get the windows code from the frame but mine are sweedish make windows with no code.
    If I was to give you the width,height and depth of the recessed wooden frame would you be able to make them?

    • Hi John, we can certainly have a look if it’s possible. Can you email over some photos showing your window and the sizes so we can have a look for you?

  3. Hello
    I was trying to find out if you just make the slats for vertical blinds. As my head rails are ok I just want to change the colour. Of the actual slate

  4. Hello, our windows open inwards. “Tilt and turn” they are. A little annoying! What blinds do we need? Recess look great but must we have exact so we can still open them? If recess is the bit at the top when scrunched up going to block the window from opening? Thank you

    • Hi there! So, I’d avoid recess fitting altogether, just as you suspected. Exact fitting would broaden your options so you could have pretty much anything installed that way, but provided the window is PVC (most of them are now) then the best options for you will likely be among our conservatory range – they fit to the glass area of a window so will move with it when it opens and closes. Have a skim through the range and see what you think:

    • Hi Lesley, sorry to hear that, but we’ll be able to offer some help – just give our customer service team a call on 0800 862 0464 and let them know what’s happened.

  5. I messed up measurements for my 2 roller blinds by 1cm. I have emailed and also spoken to someone on phone about amending this, but I’ve not had confirmation of the change of size being accepted

    • Hi Avril, sorry for the delay but it looks like our customer service team are still waiting on confirmation from the production unit that the amendment has been made. They’ll get back to you ASAP if you can bear with them for a little longer.

  6. Hi, I have a 60mm recess but really want the 50mm slats. Is there any way this could be suitable? I have window mouldings/trim which brings the total to 70mms. Is this possible?

    • Hi Lisa, I’m not 100% sure what you’re measuring there so it would be best if you gave our customer service team a call and we can discuss it with you in more detail.

  7. Hi I want to go for recess blinds but confused about the measurements, as in the video it shows you want the smallest measurements of the width which in my case will be the bottom but how would the wall hold the blind if the top width which is 6.5cm bigger then the bottom? Is the top expandable?

    • Hi Khan, that sounds like a very big difference between top and bottom, so I’m guessing there are some tiles or similar at the bottom of the window. The tops of our blinds aren’t expandable, but the brackets they’re sent with can all be top-fixed to the top of the recess so you’ll still be able to install the blind. It might be worth sending a picture of the window to our customer service team so we can discuss it in more detail with you.

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