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Do Blinds Fit Inside or Outside the Recess?

30 October 2023

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It’s Time to settle an age-old debate: Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess?

At Village Blinds and Shutters, our design consultants and customer service team get asked this on a daily basis. Therefore, we have decided to create this informative article to provide you with the essential information to help you decide, whether you should fit your new individually crafted blinds inside or outside the recess. If you have recently given up your dated curtains for a more modern and cleaner blinds look, then this post is for you!

Can you fit blinds outside the recess?

Understanding Window Recess

You may be thinking: ‘What is a window recess?’ In basic terms, when a window does not sit flush on a wall, a recess is created. You’ve probably seen one before; many homeowners tend to set plants in them because of their significant exposure to sunlight. But other than housing cacti and the like, window recesses generally aren’t used for much.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Can you fit blinds outside the recess?  Understanding Window Recess

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Can you fit blinds outside the recess?  Benefits of Outside Recess Installation

A benefit to fitting blinds outside of a recess is the increase in light that it produces. With inside-recess blinds, light can be restricted by the bracket located at the top of the window. Conversely, when a blind bracket is fitted outside of a recess, it will be situated far above the top of the window itself, enabling the maximum amount of light exposure possible. This is key considering the main reason for switching from curtains to blinds is to increase the amount of natural light within living spaces.

Benefits of Outside Recess Installation

Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Outside the Recess

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Outside the Recess Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds: Our handmade Roman Blinds are a popular choice for fitting outside the recess, this gives them a more traditional look and feel and can help soften hard edges of the window area to help create a warmer look.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Outside the Recess Aura Blinds

Aura Blinds: Sometimes Called Day and Night Blinds, Our Aura Blinds are a popular choice for fitting outside the recess, or in the case of large glass walls where there is no recess at all. Their sleek fascia comes in a number of colours to tie in with your room’s asthetics.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Outside the Recess Roller Blinds

Roller Blinds: Fitting our Roller Blinds outside the recess is a popular option, especially when using a blackout fabric in a bedroom without curtains, to help create a room-darkening look.


Can you fit blinds inside the recess?

Benefits of Inside Recess Installation

Surely you can’t fit blinds inside the recess as well? In fact, this is actually the most popular blind fitting method! Although the top of the window will be covered by the blind bracket, fitting blinds inside recesses can actually achieve a more precise and angled look — something that the minimalists will love!

Remember we talked about how homeowners tend to use window recesses for plants, picture frames, and so on? Well, with inside recess blinds, you can have the best of both worlds. This is because of the way in which the blinds can be lowered completely without covering the sill and the ornaments that are placed there.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Can you fit blinds inside the recess?  Benefits of Inside Recess Installation

Considerations for Inside-Recess Installation

It’s important to take into consideration whether the depth of your recess can accommodate the type of blind you want, to prevent it from snagging or handles or other window furniture, and that in the case of Tilt and Turn windows, it’s vital that the opening pane of the window is completely unobstructed by the blind.

Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Inside the Recess

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Inside the Recess  Wooden Blinds Venetian Blinds

Wooden/Venetian Blinds: More often than not, our customers opt to install their new Venetian or Wooden Blinds inside the recess. This creates a less cluttered look and prevents accidentally knocking into the blinds when you are in the area.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Inside the Recess  Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds: The Classic Vertical Blind, (which is making a bit of a comeback), is another blind type that is fitted inside the recess in most domestic situations. As the louvres of the blind are 89mm, installing them outside the recess, means they can protrude into the room too much for many customers.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Top 3 Blinds for Fitting Inside the Recess  Cellular Blinds

Cellular Blinds: Our sleek and minimalist Cellular blinds are generally installed into the recess. As they stack up quite tightly they don’t block out light when fully open.


A perfectly fitted blind starts with the perfect measurements.

Do blinds fit inside or outside the recess? Get Expert Guidance with Village Blinds and Shutters

Whether you decide to opt for fitting your new blinds inside or outside the recess, you will need accurate measurements. the next step is getting accurate measurements. That’s where our design consultants come in. During your free home appointment, they will offer friendly and knowledgeable advice on inside versus outside recess and measure your windows carefully to ensure a perfect fitting blind.

Get Expert Guidance with Village Blinds and Shutters

We hope this post has given you some valuable info on whether inside or outside the recess is right for your home. But if you are still unsure, why not give our team a call on 0800 059 0747 we’ll be happy to help, and perhaps book a free home appointment with a design consultant.


Do Blinds Fit Inside or Outside the Recess? FAQ

Can you fit blinds outside the recess?

Yes, fitting blinds outside the recess is possible. This method increases light exposure compared to inside-recess installation. Consider options like Roman Blinds, Aura Blinds, or Roller Blinds for this setup.

Can you fit blinds inside the recess?

Absolutely, blinds can be installed inside the recess, providing a precise and angled look. Wooden/Venetian Blinds, Vertical Blinds, and Cellular Blinds are popular choices for inside-recess installation.

How can I ensure a perfectly fitted blind?

To ensure a perfectly fitted blind, accurate measurements are crucial. Careful measurement of your windows is the first step towards a well-fitted blind. Our Design Consultants can measure your windows during a free home appointment.

I have tilt and turn windows, what kind of blinds can I have?

Tilt and turn windows require blinds that don’t obstruct the window’s opening pane. Consider specific blinds suitable for this, and ensure they allow unobstructed functionality. Ask our Design Consultants for more information.

Where can I get more advice?

For expert guidance and personalised assistance, contact Village Blinds and Shutters at 0800 059 0747. You can also schedule a free home appointment with a design consultant to help you make the right decision

What areas of Northern Ireland do you cover?

Our design consultants cover all areas of Northern Ireland. From Armagh to Ballycastle, Crawfordsburn, to Draperstown and beyond.

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Our design consultant will arrive at the agreed time slot and ask you questions about your requirements and style preferences to help understand your project. They will measure your windows and discuss fabric/material options and provide you with a quotation based on your choices.

Depending on your requirements, a home appointment can take from 30 minutes for 1-10 blinds, to 60 minutes for 10+ blinds or window shutters. Our design consultant will work at your pace and we’re happy to stay longer to talk through your options and provide advice if you’d like.

We would ask ahead of the home appointment that you have arranged clear access to the window areas being measured and that any obstructing furniture or breakables near the windows are removed.

Once the windows are in, plastering has been completed and any tiling or skirting or architrave that might be close to the blinds has been installed. This will allow our design consultant to take accurate measurements.

Usually, our design consultant will be able to provide you with your quotation during your appointment.  Sometimes for some very bespoke projects pricing can take a little longer. If you haven’t heard back within 24 hours, give them a call or email and they will keep you updated.

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