The Perfect Miami Roller Shades Fit: How to Measure Your Condo Windows

You’ve purchased a gorgeous condo on the South Florida coastline, or you just moved to your new house, or you are simply looking to redecorate your home with new window treatments such as screen Miami roller shades or blinds.

Installing screen shades to your windows adds UV protection and energy efficiency and gives you the privacy you seek.

If you’re installing roller shades yourself or getting them professionally installed, measuring your windows will require precision. You need to get that perfect fit that makes all the difference—especially when it comes to blackout shades or motorizations.

At Blinds Shades and Shutters, we are professionals with 20 years of experience providing Miami roller shades installation services in the South Florida coastline, from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami Beach, including Aventura, and Sunny Isles Beach.

Miami Roller Shades

Here’s what you are going to need:

  • Steel Tape Measure
  • Step Ladder (if necessary)
  • Pencil

Important Tips to Get Started:

  • Use a steel tape measure for the most accurate measurements.
  • Follow the width-by-height format (W x H) and mark them accordingly.
  • Measure down to the nearest 1/8 inch; never round up or down to the nearest half or whole inch.
  • Measure each window individually, even if they look similar.

How to Measure Your Roller Shades for Inside Mount:

Inside mount Miami roller shades provide a sleek, clean look showcasing your window size and moldings, especially for those large floor-to-ceiling windows in the South Florida condos we see daily. You want to maximize your gorgeous view, right?

Follow these steps to measure your window for a Miami roller shade that will be installed with an inside mount:

  1. Measure the depth of your window frame from the front of the opening to the glass. Ensure your window recess meets the minimum depth requirement for an inside mount. Refer to the mounting requirements section for the roller shade you’ve chosen. (If you don’t know what this means, call us).
  2. Measure the width of each window at the top for roller shades.
  3. Measure the height of your window opening in three places: left, center, and right.
  4. Circle the largest measurement. This is the number you want for your window’s height.
  5. The factory will typically take deductions. Simply provide that exact opening size. If you are working with us, you don’t have to worry about any of this.
  6. Double-check that your measurements follow the width-by-height format (W x H).

How to Measure Your Roller Shades for Outside Mount:

Outside mount roller shades are mounted on the window molding or wall above your window. They provide versatility and maximum coverage and might be required in some circumstances your window treatment specialist could advise.

Follow these steps to measure your windows for outside mount Miami roller shades:

  1. Check the mounting requirements for your roller shades to ensure you have enough flat surfaces for the mounting hardware.
  2. Determine the width of the roller shades you want to order. Add 3 inches to the bracket-to-bracket width after determining how wide you want the fabric to be.
  3. If your window has no trim, add two to three inches on each side for light gap coverage and privacy. Mark these additions on each side and measure the width between them in a straight line.
  4. Determine the height of the shades you will order. If you have a protruding window sill, start at the sill and measure three inches beyond the top of the window opening to accommodate mounting hardware.
  5. If you do not have a protruding window sill, start your measurement two inches below the sill for maximum coverage and measure three inches beyond the top of the window opening to accommodate mounting hardware.
  6. Double-check that your measurements follow the width-by-height format (W x H). Your product will be made to the specified size with outside mount roller shades.

At Blinds Shades and Shutters, we provide roller shade installation services with precision and accuracy, ensuring a perfect fit for your window treatment. Contact us for professional measurement, consultation, manufacturing custom window treatments, and installation.

Blind them with your good taste!

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Select the multi-channel remote if there will be more than one motorized shade in the room. These remotes are easily programmable.
Somfy S30 Battery
Somfy 506 Power
Somfy R28 Battery + Charger
Somfy Sonesse 30 Wire Free + Charger


If you are unsure about the motorization you need, select the “Unsure” option. We will contact you and adjust your bill accordingly before completing the order.
The control chain is removed from motorized shades. Make sure to select a remote, too.

Roll Direction

Most windows use the standard roll direction because it allows less light to seep in around the sides of the window. The reverse roll direction (waterfall) creates a gap between the shade and the window. If you’re adding window treatments to doors with handles or windows with cranks that might get caught, select the reverse option.

Side channel

Side channels are added to your window to completely close off all light. Include them if this roller shade is for a bedroom.


For an optimal fit, measurement must be exact. We are not responsible for faulty measurements.
Make sure to describe your window and add any helpful comments to your order to ensure you get the right custom window treatment.

Fractions are allowed in decimal points. For example, 50 1/2 would be 50.50.
For your reference: 1/4″ is 0.25; 1/2″ is 0.50; 3/4″ is 0.75; 7/8″ is 0.875

To accommodate the brackets on a roller shade, the fabric is one inch narrower than the size requested.
Shades over 110 inches in height may come with an industry-standard discreet seam.

Metal Beaded Chain

Nylon Beaded Chain

Outside Mount

Inside Mount

Mount Type

Inside mounts require a factory determined deduction to be taken.

Without Valance

With Valance


Available in four openness factors:

  • Lowest Openness Factor 1% – Blocks 99% of rays and sunlight
  • Low Openness Factor 3% – Blocks 97% of rays and sunlight (Most popular)
  • Medium Openness Factor 5% – Blocks 95% of rays and sunlight
  • High Openness Factor 10% – Blocks 90% of rays and sunlight

Book Today

June 2023

Schedule a Consultation

This is a tentative date. Cecilia or a member of our team will contact you to confirm.


In-Person Consultation: A no-obligation consultation provides the opportunity to discuss your project, precision-measure your windows and go over hundreds of samples. A minimal fee of $45 – $99 will be required. See below for details.

Virtual Consultation: We can offer you a free consultation via FaceTime, text, or a call until you are ready.

Do you have your window measurements or another quote? Save time and send them to us along with a few photos to (305) 735 – 9123 or