Face fit or recess fit? Deciding where to mount your blinds

Before you start scribbling pencil marks and drilling holes through your precious walls, it’s important to take the time to step back and decide where exactly you want your blinds to sit. The way your blinds are mounted can make a huge difference to the look of your entire room and the level of light control you can achieve, so it’s something you want to get right the first time to avoid blind-regret later down the track. By following the simple guiding principles we have prepared below, we can help you to get the most out of your spiffy DIY project.

What is the difference between a face fit and a recess fit?

Okay, so first things first: we need to establish the key differences between these terms. Also known as an ‘outside mount’, a face fit is when the blind is affixed to the outside face of your window architrave (hence the name). On the other hand, a recess fit or ‘inside mount’ is when your blind sits just inside your window frame. Kapeesh?

How do I know which is best for me?

Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s look at the four key elements that will help determine whether you should opt for a face fit or a recess fit blind:

1. Obstructions. If you have things like mullions, handles, locks, cranks or knobs on your window frame, there’s a chance these will affect the operation of your blind. Got your heart set on a recess fit? Then you will need to make sure your window is set deep enough to accommodate for these kinds of physical obstructions (we recommend at least 40mm). If this simply isn’t the case, you are best off choosing a face fit to ensure your blind won’t run into barriers when it is closed and cause your fabric to jut out.

2. Fabric Allowance. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that certain fabrics may relax over time. Roman blinds and panel glide blinds are notorious for this, so if you are choosing these as your window treatments then you might want to start leaning towards a face fit mount.

3. Light Blockage. If you can handle a small chink of light entering your room even when the blinds are fully closed, then a recess fit will be A-OK. This kind of mount will always result in a small gap forming between the edge of the blind and the window to make room for the mounting bracket and to enable your blinds to operate as smoothly as silk. However, if you require total privacy and light blockage – say for a bedroom or bathroom – you’ll probably want to choose a face fit blind.

4. Aesthetic Appeal. By hanging your blinds on the outside for a face fit, you can actually get a bit of an optical illusion going on and make your windows appear larger than they really are. This is great if you have a single focal window in your room that you want to draw attention to and create a statement with – you can even try mounting the blind on the wall above the frame and having it finish just a few millimetres from the floor for that extra dose of panache. On the other hand, if you are looking to streamline a row of windows, an inside mount or recess fit will help make your windows appear slimmer and more discreet. This clean look allows you to highlight the trim around your windows and even use the bottom architrave as a shelf to display photo frames and sentimental knick knacks on.

So in a nutshell, face fit blinds generally allow more flexibility to play around with your windows while recess fits tend to be restricted by certain limitations. While there’s no cut and dry way to working out how you want to hang your blinds, these simple tips are great to keep in mind if you’re struggling to make that all-important decision of where to position your brand new window treatments in order to achieve optimal effects.