Blinds can be a fantastic addition to a home. They offer pleasing positives both in their practical and stylistic nature. Once you have brought your blinds you’ll be keen to put them up, but it is worth taking time fitting them right to avoid mistakes. Don’t worry, in this article, we will be helping you with the right way to fit those blinds!
What do You Need?
- Measuring Tape
- Another pair of hands will probably be helpful!
- Spirit level/other level aid
- May require a screwdriver
Your blinds need to fit your window space as closely as possible, so measure up carefully-best to do it a couple of times for accuracy! Use a measuring tape to find the dimensions of your window. Once you have your measurements note these down. To measure correctly, you need to decide if you want to mount your blinds on the inside or outside of the casing.
If you are measuring for an outside mount measure along the outer edges of the casing that surrounds the window. The exact length of the top of the casing to the bottom is what needs to be measured (or to the window sill if you have one).
If measuring for an inside mount, put your measuring tape inside the casing where the glass of the window meets the casing. The width of the window needs to be measured at the top, middle and bottom. If you find any differences in the measurements, use the smallest figures to base your measurements off.
Make Your Mounting Mark
For an outside mount hold the blind up so that the headrail-the top part of the blind-is centred and levelled with your window’s casing (the two vertical slats that form the frame area of the window). Now make a mark with your pencil right below the headrail on each side of the casing. Also, make a mark one-quarter of an inch past the end of each headrail. For an inside mount place the headrail inside the casing, remembering it needs to be level. The handrail should be level even if your window is not. Make pencil marks below the headrail on each end.
Installing the Blinds onto the Brackets
You need to open the bracket door and hold the end brackets in place. They can then be placed inside the markings made for them. A bracket has two open sides and one should face out towards you whilst the other towards the centre of the window. The door of the bracket must face towards the inside of the room.
Note that sometimes the bracket door can be tricky to use. You may require a screwdriver to help open it.
Next, mark where you will be drilling. Take a pencil and mark the spots where you will need to drill your pilot holes which there should be two of. So your brackets are sturdier it is a good idea to create two diagonal holes. Take the brackets away and hold up a level to the two holes to make sure they are even. If you want an outside mount the brackets should be placed on the outside face of the window casing on both sides of the window. However, for an inside mount, the brackets should be placed up against the inside top corner of each side of the window.
Each bracket comes with two screws. If you are drilling into wood use a 1/16-inch diameter drill bit to make a hole that is a little smaller than the screw that you will use to secure your bracket with. Replace the bracket and drill your screws into place. If you are drilling into drywall, concrete, tile, plaster, stone or brick, for instance, use the right screws, plugs or anchors and carefully follow the specific instructions that come with them.
Installing the Headrail and Valance
Now snap the valance clips in place. These clips are used to attach the headrail to the valance. The nice thing about the valance covers is that whilst they cover the headrail they help to make the whole thing look a bit more stylish. The valance clips need to be snapped over the front lip of the headrail before the headrail is inserted into the bracket.
The blinds you select may be made up of ‘ladders’ of blinds. In this instance you need to snap each valance clip into place next to the top of each ladder-but not directly on top of it, this is because if they are placed directly over each ladder the valence clips might become caught in the cords of the blinds.
Once you have completed drilling the brackets into place make sure the bracket doors are wide open, then insert the headrail into the brackets. After you have situated the headrail snap the bracket doors closed (you will normally hear a snapping sound if done correctly).
Now it's time to attach the valance. Place the valance along the headrail in the position you want it in. It needs to rest on top of the valence clips. Once it is positioned in the way you desire, press gently until the valance clips snap into the valance, securing everything in place.
Finally, you need to secure the blind wand. Some blinds come with a wand for opening and closing them that is not pre-attached, so if this is the case, attach it now. Push the plastic sleeve of the hook upwards and then insert the wand’s end into the hook. You can then slide the plastic covering back down to complete the process.
Calling in a Professional
The guide above should prove helpful when it comes to installing your blinds. But installing blinds can be difficult for some people-perhaps DIY is not their forte or they don’t have another pair of hands on standby to help. In these cases, it might be best to call in the help of a professional. They will charge a fee to help install the blinds but for many, that will be worth it.
Installing blinds in your home is worth the effort it takes, or the fee if you call in a professional. Having blinds can help regulate heat, light and sound as well as adding stylistic benefits to whichever room you put them up in.