You know your patio, windows, or door need an awning. You have already selected the perfect style and design for your needs, and everything seems ready to go except the sizing part.
Whether you want to install an awning for decorative purposes or functional ones, one of the most important factors for installing awnings is sizing.
How exactly do you determine the right awning size for your needs? What is the right way to measure your space to ensure you get the right size awning? Determining the correct size for awnings can often seem like an uphill task. Here is everything you need to know about awning measurements to make the process easier and more manageable.
What size awning is right for me?
This refers to how long the wall-mounted bar of the awning is. To get an idea of the right width for your awning, you need to use a tape measure to measure a horizontal line across the door, window, or wall you want the awning installed. Ensure you measure even across gutters since brackets will be used to support the awning.
Whatever the width measures, you need to add 5 inches to either side to get the right fit.
For instance, if you plan to hang an awning above a 30-inch-wide window, you need to add five inches on either side, bringing the right size of waning to 40 inches wide. Determining how far your awning should extend is dependent on the size of the space you want the awning to cover and the cardinal injection your awning faces.
Most homes with walls facing east or west only require awnings extending up to 13ft since the shadow naturally falls within the awning range. However, it is advisable to go for the largest size possible for your space for walls facing north and south.
The width can be up to 2 feet larger than the space on both sides instead of sticking to the usual 5 inches extra on either side.
Projection refers to the extent up to which you want the awning to extend outwards without considering the pitch. Ideally, how far outwards the awning projects depends on how much space you want to be covered.
The projection is measured as though the tape measure is placed flat on the awning fabric. The projection should be half a meter shorter than the width of the awning structure.
This consideration is important for window and door awning measurements and helps to determine the perfect position for hanging the awning. The height should be 8 to 10 inches above the door opening.
Retractable awnings require up to 10-inches of clearance for windows and doors. This ensures there is enough space for the awning enclosure for easy retracting.
FAQs about awning measurements
what size should my awning be?
The standard recommendation for awning projection is 0.5m less than its width. The most common patio awning measurements are 2.5m projection for a 3m width.
How can I measure the awning size for my house?
You need to measure the width and projection length for wall awnings and include height measurements for door and window awnings. To get an idea of the correct width, place a tape measure to get the horizontal length across the wall. The projection should be half a meter shorter than the width.
How do you calculate the projection of a window awning?
Measure the window’s height from the edge of the trim on each end. A standard projection should be approximately half the height of the window. For instance, if the window is 60-inches high, the awning should have a 30-inch projection.
Can my awning’s projection be greater than the width?
It is rare to come across a retractable awning with a projection longer than the width, and it affects how well the arms close. However, it is possible to customize an awning to suit your needs, especially for stationary awnings.
How can I get an awning with a significantly greater width?
Coupling is a popular solution to get the coverage you need if you want to cover a longer stretch of space. This involves taking two long awnings and installing them side by side, giving the illusion of one seamless, long awning. This is a fantastic method for vertical designs, verandas, patios, and conservatories.
The bottom line
Determining the perfect awning measurements should not be a daunting task. With this guide, you are better placed to measure the ideal awning size, regardless of your needs.