Installing your blinds might sound daunting, but it’s not that difficult. Most modern blinds do not require professional handling. A handy toolbox and a little bit of time is all you need to get those blinds up and running.
There are many good reasons why homeowners are choosing to install their own blinds.
If you install the blinds yourself, you will make big savings. It can’t get any simpler than that! If you are planning to get blinds for the whole house, professional installation will push up the final cost to a large extent. Why bother to pay more if it’s something you can easily do yourself? The saved money can be put into adding more functionalities to your blinds.
Time is precious, sometimes even more precious than money. While you are juggling numerous work and personal commitments, it might not be possible to dedicate a whole or two working days for blind installation. Do it when you can get sometimes. It only takes an hour or so to install one blind. Set your own pace and get it done at your own convenience.
Gain a Know-How
If you install your own blinds, the know-how you gain will be indispensable when it comes to troubleshooting minor problems. You will be amazed at how much confidence you gain after a successful installation. You are also likely to get plenty of help from your retailer or manufacturer. There are numerous user-generated videos available online which provide valuable practical tips. Do some homework before you start and you will do all right.
The satisfaction of getting a job done well is unparalleled. Along with that, you will also get the satisfaction of getting the blind fitted exactly where you want it. If you don’t get in right the first time, you can easily get it right the second time.
Different Ways of Installing Blinds
Blinds generally mount on brackets. The position of your bracket will be determined by the structure and size of your window, along with the blind type you have selected.
With a Drill
Blinds usually go in brackets. The brackets need to go on walls, window or door frames. In order to do this, you need a drill, a screwdriver, a pencil and some drill bits.
Some blinds can be fitted with the help of just a screwdriver and a pencil. Some blind frames come with pre-drilled holes. All you need to do is put the screws in with the screwdriver.
Without any Screwdriver or Drill
Some privacy shades come with adhesive strips, magnetic headrails, Velcro strips, and so on. With these you just need to position the blinds or shade on the window and lock it in place. Follow three or four simple steps and you will be done in a few minutes. However, you have to double-check your positioning to make sure you get it absolutely right. Getting the blinds out to reposition them might not be possible in most cases.
5 Blinds that are Easy to Install
Now let’s look at 5 blinds that are very easy to install.
Roller blinds are undoubtedly most easy to fit. They come with minimum hardware. You just need to decide where to put them, whether on the inside of your window, above it, or even on the exteriors using outdoor blinds. Inside mount will give a neat look, but can get in the way of operations. Inside mount blinds also let in more light from around the edges. Outside mount blinds make the window look taller and provides more cover. However, if you like displaying your souvenirs on the window sill, outside mount might not work for you.
Whatever you chose, you will need to drill in holes in the wall or the window frame, and put the screws in to secure the brackets in place. Now just click the roller blind in place and you are good to go.
If you want to deck up your living space in style, a Roman blind is a great choice. Roman blinds come in a wide choice of fabric, texture, and designs. Similar to natural blinds in their construction, Roman blinds are quite easy to install as well.
With Roman blinds, you need to mount them within the recess. Just make sure that they can hang straight without any handles getting in the way. Next, you need to screw in the brackets and click the blind in place.
Venetian blinds are very popular. They are made of aluminum and can be very useful in keeping the heat out. Available in hundreds of shades, Venetian blinds are perfect for you if you are looking for something sleek and stylish.
As with Roman blinds, you will need a drill to fix the brackets in place. The brackets need to be aligned perfectly to avoid getting a lopsided blind. Once that’s done, just clip on the blind on the brackets.
Some cellular shades come with adhesive. You can just pop them on the window frames to get them working. Cellular shades are very light, so it is possible to hold them up with adhesive glue.
Cellular shades provide excellent insulation, as well as greater light filtering options. You can select to put up the single or double cell, with advanced light filtering features, starting from nearly opaque to total blackout effects.
Magnetic blinds are suitable for doors and windows that have a metallic frame. These blinds come with magnets fitted at the back of the brackets. If you have a metal door, made from steel or aluminum, with a small opening, these blinds fit the bill perfectly. However, they are not the most secure ones. A strong gust or forceful movement can easily dislodge them from their position.
These are just a few examples of blinds that are easy to fit. But once you have gained enough experience, you can try your hands at fixing more complicated once. After all, dressing up your house is a beautiful experience, one that you would like to repeat time and again.