Q: What's an IB blind?
A: "IB blind" is what you say after starring at the sun too long. Ok, bad joke.
IB stands for Inside mount Bracket. This means your blinds are installed inside your window opening. When measuring provide the exact distance of the inside dimension of your window opening drywall to drywall. Submit this size and the factory will deduct for a proper fit.
Most companies deduct 1/2" from your measured width for a 2" horizontal blind (wood blind,faux wood blind,etc.). The length stays the same. If you don't like them taking deductions then order your blind O.B.
Q: What's an OB blind?
A: OB stands for Outside mount Bracket. This means your blinds are installed above your window opening on the wall and does not mean someone will come over and install your blinds outside your home. Yes, someone did order outside blinds expecting them to be mounted outdoors. Ok, so I didn't ask enough questions back then but hopefully this Q&A will help.
There are no deductions made when your order your blinds as an OB. Remember to add enough overlap to your window opening for proper light coverage when ordering your blinds this way. A minimum of 3" on the width and I always add 4" for the height on 2" horizontals. At least 6" on the width and length for vertical blinds.
Q: What do you mean by "High Profile" or "Low Profile" when describing your horizontal brackets?
A: This term pertains to how tall the bracket is. Some blinds have a 2" high headrail and therefore need a high profile bracket. Other blinds have a 1 1/2" high rail
-Hunter Douglas, Skandia, etc. - and need the low profile brackets.
Q: I keep forgetting if I have horizontal blinds or vertical blinds. Is there an easy way for me to remember?
A: Yes. Horizontal blinds move up and down when you pull their cords. I always think of the horizon -the line where the sky touches the ground- and how the blind slats relate to it. Vertical blinds travel left to right and right to left. Hope that helps.