Blinds are Multi-Functional
Blinds and shades are a popular window treatment solution for your homes. They do more for your homes than you can ever imagine. They help to protect and preserve your privacy from the prying eyes of the outsiders. They help to insulate your windows and improve energy efficiency by reducing energy loss during winters and summers. Blinds help to diffuse the harsh natural light and allow soft light to fill our homes. They help block out the harmful UV rays that can cause damage to health and your furnishings. Blinds ensure that you have a good sleep at night. With so much on offer, blinds have become indispensable for homes. Even if drapes are used, they are often used in combination with blinds and shades for improved effectiveness and richness. Blinds help enhance the aesthetic value of your homes and pull your rooms together.
Installing Blinds by Yourself
While we keep talking about the features and types of blinds in the market, it is also important to know how to get these installed. Installation of blinds is not as tough as they seem and you can conveniently do without professional intervention if you know the process and follow the steps. Rather than spending a substantial amount of money to get someone to install your blinds why not do it yourself.
Things to Remember
Before installing the blinds there are few points your need to remember.
Blinds are either inside mount or outside mount. Outside mounts make windows appear large as they stack above the window. Inside mounts make windows appear neat and trim.
If your windows are large and you have to install long wide blinds you may consider installing several rows of shorter and smaller blinds than installing one large blind as raising and lowering them could pose problems.
If you are installing aluminum blinds in a nursery ensure that the paint on them is lead-free.
If you have kids in the house get blinds that can be operated with wands instead of cords.
Steps to Install Blinds
Step 1: Measurements
If you have opted for inside mount blinds:
1. Measure the width of the window at the top, bottom and middle and note down the smallest of the three measurements.
2. You do not need to measure for clearance. This will be taken into account when the blinds are being cut to size.
3. Measure the height of the windows on the left, right and middle. Note the longest ofthe three measurements.
If you have opted for outside mount blinds:
1. You just need to measure the outside edges of the moulding.
2. Make a note of the height of the window from the moulding top edge till the sill.
Step 2: Mounting Marks
Get your blinds customized to fit the measurements you have taken. You can choose from a wide range of blinds like Vinyl, PVC, Wood, Aluminium, Faux Wood etc. depending upon your preference and need.
Once you have received the blinds, unpack them and ensure that all parts are there. Go through the user manual for assistance.
If you are opting for outside mount, hold the blind up so that the headrail is level with the window’s casing. On either side of the casing make a pencil marking below the headrail. Make the mark about ¼ inch beyond end of each head rail.
If you have opted for inside mount then you need to hold the blind inside the window casing and keep the head rail levelled even if your windows are not. Pencil markings should be made below the head rail on either end.
Step 3: Place Brackets
Take the brackets you have received and open the bracket door. Place them along the marks you have made. There are two sides of a bracket with one facing you and the other facing towards the centre of the window. The bracket door will face the inside of the room.
Step 4: Make Marks for Drilling
Take a pencil and make marks where you will drill in the pilot holes. Choose two diagonal holes to drill into as this will make your brackets sturdier. Keep the brackets away. If it is an outside mount blind, the brackets must be placed on the outside face of the window casing. For inside mounts, place the brackets against the inside top corner of either side of the window.
Step 5: Drill the Holes
Each bracket comes with two screws. If you are drilling into wood the use a 1/16 inch diameter drill bit and make a hole smaller than the screw. Once the holes are made, bring the brackets back and then drill the screws in. For drilling into materials other than wood like concrete, plaster, stone or brick then you will need to follow the specific instructions.
Step 6: Install Head Rail & Valance
If you are using a valance then you need valance clips to attach the headrail to the valance. The clips need to be clamped over the front part of the headrail before you hang the headrail to the windows.
Step 7: Place Head Rail into Brackets
Keep the bracket doors open, and then place the headrail into the brackets. Once the headrails have been placed inside, close the bracket doors. There will be a snapping noise. Place the valance along with the headrail. Press down the valance so that the valance clips snap into the valance holding it in place.
Step 8: Place the Blind Wand
Many blinds come with a wand for operating them. if the wands did not come pre-attached then you need to attach them You need to push up the plastic sleeve of the hook, place the wand’s end into the hook and then slide the plastic sleeve back down.
Getting those blinds up on your windows is not a tough task at all particularly if you have the measurement correct. You just need to be careful when making the markings for the brackets. Attaching the headrail and the valance is simple and you have your blinds up and functioning in no time.