A house is made into a home when you pour your heart and soul into furnishing it and decorating it to your needs and your personal tastes. You, as a homeowner, will always try to build a place that is comfortable to live in and helps you feel secure within its confines. Window treatments are a prime example of the things done to make homes both secure and beautiful.
Window treatments are an important part of the décor and the aesthetic appeal of the house. But they also have a lot of functions to fulfill too. From giving your home privacy and security to providing insulation and heat protection, window treatments do it all. This is why it is important that you choose the right window treatments for your home. Window treatments are also a long-term investment. This makes your choice a crucial one. Even with the best kind of roller shades or blinds, there is a chance of damage, gaps for heat or light and prying eyes. Spending a few bucks more and fitting side channels will help you by-pass all these dis-advantages too. Wondering how to install side channels? You will find all the answers here.
Uses of Installing Side Channels
Side channels have more than one use. They make sure that your window treatments can be enjoyed for years to come and look good while doing it. If you need a little more convincing, take a look at some more advantages to fitting side channels in your home.
• Side channels hold the blinds in place
Cellular shades and other lighter window dressings can move around or flutter when the windows are open and the weather is windy. Even a fan blowing hard can cause such window treatments to move from their place. This can look messy and can even damage them. Side channels can prevent it from happening by holding the window treatment in place.
A little extra money spent on the side channels will save you lots more in the years it is put to work by providing more efficient insulation and temperature control.
• Better blockage of light
No matter how close your blinds are placed to the window, there still will be some gap that will allow light to pass through when they are closed. Side channels are great at blocking such unnecessary light.
• Aesthetics of your home
Side channels look stylish and classy when installed in conjunction with window treatments. They also make the home look more sophisticated and neat and clean.
How to Install Side Channels
The installation of side channels isn’t too complicated. With some attention to detail and some basic tools from your tool kit, you can get it done. If you feel overwhelmed by the whole process, you can always get help from professionals too.
• The hardware included with the set of side channels that you have purchased.
Your kit of side channels will usually contain self-tapping screws for Aluminum, self-tapping screws for tension device, wooden screws if required, Mounting channel, front channel and the bottom sill channel.
• Hex head
• Phillips head
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged 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.
1. Adjustment of the side channel
Take the side channel from the kit and place it gently on the window frame. This can be done on the wall area or molding too if you intend to mount the side channel there. Mark the points on the side channel where the drilling is to be done. This is usually beside the bent of the side channel depending on the side that you wish to mount it on. You may need to trim the side channels to achieve an ideal fit.
2. Installation of the side channels
Once the drilling is done, you can place the mounting channel from the side channel kit back on the window frame. Now, you may attach the mounting channel using the appropriate screws from the three different types of screws that are provided.
3. Attachment of the front channels
After the mounting channel is attached, the net thing to do is to attach the front channels. You will need to find the mounting clip. Now, slowly place the front channel on the mounting clip. Carefully rotate the channel into place. A snapping sound will let you know that the front channel has been attached properly.
4. Channel brush and its adjustment
Some side channels use brushes. If you are using side channels that have brushes, continue with this step. You may move on to the next step if you are not using them.
Use your fingers to gently tug on the brushes provided in the side channels in a downward direction to make sure that they are placed at the bottom. You must make sure that they are placed in a flair position. This step will have adjusted the brushes provided in the side channels.
5. Installation of bottom sill channels
Take the bottom sill channel form the side channels pack. Hold the bottom sill channel at an angle to one of the side channels and slowly slide it in to insert it into place. The bottom sill channel must be inserted till it sits flush with the side channels on both the sides. Choose the appropriate screws from the set of screws provided with the side channel pack. Next, attach the bottom sill channel to the side channels securely using the screws. If you are using side channels that have brushes, you must make sure that you mount them so that the brushes are on the room side and are not placed outwards.
6. Adjustment of the shades
This step might not always be necessary but it is best to make sure that the set up works properly. Once the installation is complete, try rolling the shades or blinds up and down. This will help you confirm if the bottom is leveled properly. It will also ensure that there is no part of the window dressing trapped in the side channels during installation.