The beauty of the room is determined by the play of light within it. If you have large and wide windows, your room will receive an abundance of light and air, keeping the space cool in summer and bright in winter. Vertical blinds help you to maximize the potential of your large doors and windows, by controlling the light and heat that filters through them.
Vertical blinds look very different from other blinds. What sets them apart is the fact that instead of running along horizontally, the slats run from the top to the bottom of the window. Each slat is attached to a headrail, and operates with the help of a sliding mechanism. You can open and close the slats with the help of wands. When you want the blind out of the way, you can just close the blinds to make them pile up at one or either end of the window, in a neat, unobtrusive pile.
Vertical blinds are hugely popular for their aesthetic value and ease of maintenance. Available in the most affordable prices, vertical blinds provide a lot of flexibility in terms of how much light and visibility they offer. During the day, keep them to let in light and soak in the scenery, while no one from outside can see inside. You can also position the slats according to your convenience, to let in as much light as you want. At night, close the slats to get complete privacy.
Types of Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are the perfect treatment for door or windows that open on one side. Before you select a blind, let’s look at how they close and open.
Centre Open– In a center open vertical blind, the blind opens from the middle and the slats stack equally on both sides.
Left-Hand Stack– On a left-hand stack blind, the blinds opens to the left and the slats are stacked on the left side of the window.
Right-Hand Stack– Similarly, the right-hand stack blind closes at the right side, with the slats stacked on the right.
Fitting Vertical Blinds
In line with easy maintenance and operation, vertical blinds are also very easy to fit. Follow the top tips and step-by-step instructions to fit in your new vertical blinds.
Tip 1: Position
Before you measure for vertical blinds, decide where you wish to put them. If you want them inside the recess, which is the most popular choice, you will need to measure the inside of the recess. This kind of blinds come with top-fix fixtures.
On the other hand, if you wish to fit it on top of the window or on the wall, you will need to measure the outside of the recess. These blinds are called face-fix blinds. This is a decision you have to make before you order your blinds, as the hardware measurements will be different.
You Will Need…
Your blind would surely come with the screws required for the installation. Other than the blind hardware, you will need the following tools.
- A Screwdriver
- A Pencil
- A Spirit Level
- A Masonry Drill
- A Tape Measure
Fixing the Brackets:
A bracket sits on either side of the headrail, preferably 40 mm away from the end.
Tip 2: Obstructions
You need to do a quick survey of the area you are planning to hand the blind.
- Remove any obstruction that might get in the way of the blind’s operation.
- Also, check that the surface you have selected for anchoring the blind is smooth and even.
- Last of all, make sure that there is a place to fit the cord safety device.
Tip 3: Leave Enough Space
Leave enough space between the wall and the headrail, to ensure the slats don’t touch or scrape against the wall.
Step 1: The first step is to fix the brackets. Place one bracket against the wall and use the pencil to make the points the screws would go in.
Step 2: Use the drill to make holes over the markings.
Step 3: Now place the bracket against the holes and drill the screws in.
Step 4: Repeat the same process to fix the second bracket. Make sure it is evenly aligned with the first bracket.
Fitting the Rail to the Brackets
Step 5: Depending on which side you wish to have your control mechanism, position your headrail.
Step 6: Align the headrail along the brackets.
Step 7: Lift up and push forward. It should click in place.
Step 8: Now secure it by tightening the screws located at the front of the bracket.
Fitting the Slats
Each slat will have to be hung separately.
Tip 4: To make it easier to hang the slats, use the bead-chain to turn the hooks/travelers at an open position, so that they face the rail at a ninety-degree angle.
Step 9: Each slat comes with a metallic circle on the top. Hook the metallic ring to the first traveler.
Step 10: Repeat the same process to attach each ring to the corresponding traveler.
Fixing the Safety Mechanism
The cords that come with blinds can pose a serious choking hazard for small children and pets. To minimize the risks, every corded blind comes with a safety mechanism.
Step 11: Find the maximum length the cord is capable of extending.
Step 12: The safety device goes into the chain. It is a P-Shaped Clip. Hook the clip onto the chain.
Tip 5: The P-shaped clip should be at least 1.5 m away from the floor.
Step 13: Place the clip on the wall and mark its position with a pencil.
Step 14: Use the drill to make holes over the mark.
Step 15: Screw in the device to the wall, making sure that the cord is taught.
Due to their vertical design, these blinds catch very little dust. Just give them an occasional clean with a duster or the vacuum and they will last for a long time looking as good as new.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused by 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.
Your blind is now all set to go! Relax and bask in the new look of the room.