Mounting blind brackets on a window trim works for most of us. The reason is that it is very easy to get the measurement of the window trim. Also, trim mounted blinds go better with the geometrical lines of the window.
But what if the window trim is uneven? It is a horrible moment when your room looks like a dream, and you suddenly realize the trim is uneven. Don’t Panic! We got this!
What is Window Trim?
The trim is the area surrounding the window. Every window needs a trim, as it covers the area between the window frame and the siding. It helps in keeping out the elements and provides insulation.
Trims also give the window a more defined look. Window trims can be made of a variety of materials, available in a wide range of styles. A window trim can make or break the entire look of the room.
What Makes the Trim Uneven?
If a window trim looks uneven, the problem lies in alignment. Most of the time, the jambs are not flush against the wall or don’t run parallel to the lines. This prevents the trim from sitting flush against the wall.
If you encounter any of these problems, it’s time for the builder in you to wake up. The best way forward is to fix the jambs, as this would make the trim sit snugly with the drywall around it.
As most of the work will be done on the drywall, you need to remove the trim first.
How to Fix it?
This is a big job and plan it out carefully before you start. You don’t want any unwanted surprises. Before you put on your building hat, make sure you have got the following things on hand.
• Razon Blade
• Tape Measure
• Paintable Caulk
Step 1:If the jamb falls short of the wall, take a pencil and mark the lines along which the outer edge of the trim would sit.
Step 2: With a razor blade, mark the drywall around about ¼ inch in from the edge where the trim would sit.
Step 3: Use the hammer to punch down the drywall to get it down to the level of the jamb.
Now when you place the trim over the drywall, it will sit snugly with the wall, but underneath, the bulk drywall will shrink under the weight, and the trim will become even.
Now, what if the jamb is sticking out? There is an easy solution for that.
If you are planning to paint your trims, use a paintable caulk.
Step 1: Use the caulk behind the trim to seal it against the wall.
Step 2: Dip a piece of wood in soapy water and use it push the caulk flush against the trim. Now, if you paint over it, you will not see any defects.
You can also adjust the window installation to get the jambs to sit flush with the drywall. If that’s not a possibility, you can build the extensions proud of the wall, then bring them down with a belt sander or maybe a power planner. It is more artwork than construction science. However, all this is easier said than done. So, if you think this is not the job for you, get in touch with a professional Trimmer. They are bound to have many more good ideas to deal with uneven trims.
How to Mount a Bracket?
After all that work, mounting the bracket would seem like child’s play in comparison. The things you need to get together this time are:
• Drill bits
• A tape measure
• A Spirit level device
• A pencil
• Screws and brackets included with the blind
These steps will differ slightly with different frame materials, but the primary process is the same.
Step 1: Check your window for any obstructions. Before selecting a place to hang your blinds, make sure that the window handles or levers are out of way. If they are causing obstruction, consider moving your blind further back, so that they can hang flat.
Step 2: Select a spot on the frame for your first bracket to go in. Place your first bracket over the spot.
Step 3: Use a pencil or pen to mark the spots where the two screws will go in.
Step 4: Now it’s time to get the drill out. Use your drill to make holes over the pencil marks.
Step 5: Align the brackets over the marks. Use the drill to put in the first screw and drill till it is almost tight.
Step 6: Now move the bracket around so that the second hole is visible through the relevant hole in the bracket. You can now fix the second screw in and make sure both the screws are tight.
Step 7: You’ll follow pretty much the same process to fix the second bracket.
Note: The main challenge while fixing the second bracket is to make sure that the second bracket is perfectly aligned to the first one. If they are fixed on different levels, you will end up with a lopsided blind.
Step 8: This is when the Spirit Level comes in handy. Put the Spirit Level on top of the first bracket you have just fixed. Position the second bracket under this level on the other side, and then keep adjusting until the second bracket is at the same level as the first one. If you get this wrong, you will end up with a lop-sided blind.
Step 9: Follow steps 2-6 to fix the second bracket.
Step 10: Clip the headrail into the brackets along with the blind.
Step 11: Move the blind up and down a couple of times to make sure it’s moving smoothly.
Use self-tapping screws if you are drilling into metal. For wooden frames, simply use a screwdriver to fix the screws.
That’s one job well done! Your window is looking perfect! Now you can sit back and enjoy a well-deserved drink.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.