If you’ve just started researching what kind of blinds you want for your home, you’re going to see the words “face fit” and “recess fit” popping up a lot.
The difference is that a face fit, or outside mount, roller blind fits on to the front of a window frame and covers usually covers both the glass and the window frame, while a recess fit roller blind is attached to the inside of a window frame and just covers the glass. A recess fit is also sometimes called an inside fit or inside mount.
Why does it matter?
If you choose a face fit roller blind, your blinds are going to be wider than if you choose a recess fit roller blind because you need to include the window frame in your measurements.
This is why you need to think about how your roller blinds will be attached before you start measuring or ordering your blinds.
What are the benefits of a face fit roller blind?
When combined with a back roll roller blind, a face fit installation is the best option for a bedroom blind if you want to prioritise light elimination. This combination allows the blind material to cover the entire window with the least amount of gaps.
What are the benefits of a recess fit roller blind?
A recess roller blind sits within the window frame, so it doesn’t protrude into the room much, or at all if the window frames are deep enough. This creates the most seamless finish, but because the blind won’t quite reach the edge of the window by a few millimetres it does mean a little bit of extra light may creep in compared with a face fit.
Combining a recess fit and a face fit
Combining a sunscreen roller blind with a block out roller blind is a great idea and gives you ultimate flexibility. Using two separate blinds, one face fit and one recess fit is the best option for this.
To benefit from the advantages of both installation methods, your sunscreen roller blind should be the inside roller blind with a recess fit, while the blockout roller blind should have a back roll with a face fit installation to make it as effective as possible at removing light.
How to order blinds
Now that you know the difference, you can measure up using your measurement guides, and then order your made-to-measure blinds.