If you want to install blinds above the window, you might think about hiring a professional and spend huge bucks. Well, there’s no difficulty in installing the window blinds yourself. So, why spend huge bucks when you can do the job yourself? When you head to install the blinds, it is crucial to cover all the measurement steps properly with accurate dimensions. Start measuring all the dimensions for the outside or inside mounting as per your requirement. When you measure accurately, installation becomes much easier.
Installing blinds is simple– you just drill in the brackets to the mounting surface. The headrail is further placed into the drilled brackets and fixed with the valence. To complete the work, ensure that the blind wand and cords are kept secure.
The window blinds can be installed either on the interior or exterior side of the window opening. When you buy a new window blind, many manufacturers give you separate bracket sets which can be hung to allow you to choose one option from two different hanging sets.
When searching for the procedure and necessary considerations to mount blinds above the window, check out the steps mentioned below.
A. Accurate mounting measurement and determination
1. Note down correct window measurements: This step is crucial as it is important to choose the window blinds which match your window frame requirement. Make sure you use steel measuring tape. If you are mounting above your window, this would be considered as an outside mount as you are mounting to the wall itself. This also means that you want the blind to overlap the window slightly.
Outside mount measurement: To cover the outside mounted measurement, you need to choose the exterior facing edges of the casing which cover the window frame. Start measuring from the top side of the casing to the bottom edge. Add for height and width overlap as desired.
2. Invest in the right window blind: With your measurements, it becomes easier to find the window blind which matches your window casing size. In the market, you’ll find several window blind options, whether you want to choose aluminum, faux wood, PV, or other. You can choose the window blind as per your requirement either matching to your home interior or any personal opinion.
If you wish to choose aluminum window blinds that can be placed in your kid’s room or even the nursery, don’t forget to check that the blinds have been painted with a paint that is free of any lead. Also, you should check the certification for the paint used in the blinds.
3. Put the marks on your mounting: When you open your blinds pack, don’t forget to check that you’ve got all the parts. If your new blinds have come packed with a user manual, then you can use it and work as per the steps mentioned in the manual. Before you even start, use a pencil to mark where you need to drill in the brackets.
Check whether the headrail is leveled with the casing. If not, then adjust the headrail to the proper level. Now, you can put the pencil marks just below each side of the casing on the headrail.
B. Fastening the brackets
1. Place a mark for drilling: Make a mark with a pencil on every spot where you want to drill the holes. It is good if you choose two holes on the diagonal sides and drill them properly. After drilling the diagonal holes, you can place your brackets easily into them.
2. Use a drill to make screw holes: In each bracket, there are two screws that you need to place with the brackets. If you want to drill the holes into a wooden surface, then it is wise to choose a drill with the diameter of 1/16th inch. Start drilling and ensure that the hole is small, so that the screw can get easily placed into it.
For drilling holes in tile, concrete, drywall, brick, plaster, or stone, make sure you use the right anchors, screws, and plugs. Also, you can use the instructions mentioned in the user manual which comes along with them.
C. Valance and headrail installation
1. Use the valance clips properly: When placing the headrail to the valance, it is done by using the valance clips. All coverage around the headrail is done by the valance to make it look attractive and decorative. Though, you should learn how to place the valance clips! When placing the valance clips, let it get snapped over the headrail (on the front lip) before placing the headrail in the brackets.
2. Insert the headrail into place: After finishing all the drilling work and making holes for brackets, just place the brackets properly. Place the headrail directly into the brackets. Once you’ve placed the headrail in, make sure the brackets are locked in. To check whether the brackets are locked in properly, you should hear a snapping sound.
3. Attach the valance: Once the headrail is placed into the bracket, it is time to fix the valance properly. Keep the valance placed in the position you wish to see it along with the headrail. Once you’ve placed it in the right position, press it with a gentle touch towards a downward direction so that all the valance clips placed within it get snapped into the valance.
4. Employ a blind wand to secure blinds: Do you see a blind wand with your blinds? If so, then use it to secure the tilt of your window blinds. When you head-in to install blinds above the window, it is crucial to secure it with the blind wand. In this case, you need to push the sleeve (made from plastic) upwards and place the wand inside the hook with its end. After this, slide back the plastic sleeve downwards.