Putting a blind up with brackets is probably the most common way to hang a blind. Brackets have stood the test of time, even in the face of stiff competition of other innovative methods of hanging blinds.
The preference for blinds is not a recent phenomenon. For the last couple of decades, the innovation in home décor and investment in window treatment research has filled the market with many affordable and energy-efficient window treatment solutions. Add to it the power of aesthetics and you have the perfect concoction of light-control, privacy, security, and energy efficiency, all blending into one solution. No wonder blinds have become a regular fixture in domestic and commercial settings alike.
What are the Benefits of Putting up Blinds with Brackets?
Brackets are usually permanent fixtures on the wall or the frame. Naturally, one might be tempted to ask if brackets are required at all, especially when there are options like glue strips, magnetic strips, and command strips. Let’s look at some of the main reasons why people opt to put up blinds with brackets.
Sturdy: Brackets are extremely sturdy. As they are fixed to the walls, they can withstand the weight of the blinds, especially if they are heavy. With other types of non-drilling methods, the installation is temporary, with the solution lasting for a limited time. With brackets, you can rest assured that the blinds would hold for years.
Steady: Another reason why most homeowners opt for brackets is how steady the blinds remain, especially in the face of regular use. Blinds go through a lot of movement, both during operation, and also when they are not in use. Heavy breeze, or general movement, might topple a blind installed with some temporary method. With brackets, blinds retain their structure for a longer period.
Things to Keep in Mind
If you are a DIY expert, putting up blinds with brackets would be easy. Even if you are trying out your hand at DIY for the first time, fixing brackets will be a moderate task to accomplish. You will need a handy drill and a few tools that are easy to find in the house. However, before you order a blind bracket or head out to buy one, you must make up your mind about certain things.
Inside or Outside the Recess: The first issue you need to resolve is where you want to fit your blind; inside the recess or outside the recess? Both the options come with their pros and cons.
When you fit the blind inside the recess, they sit closer to the frame. If you have a deep recess, and a beautiful frame, this is an excellent option. The blinds also act as a better insulator when they are near the recess.
However, if there is not enough space within the recess, or you wish to put things on the window sill, outside the recess might be a better option. When you put the blinds outside the recess, they tend to cut off more light.
Sometimes the handles and vents get in the way of the operation. Position your blinds in such a way that they don’t scrape against any handles when you open or close them.
Inward Opening Windows
If your window opens inwards, your blind installation approach has to be very different. Without any doubt, you will need an outside mount for such windows. Or, maybe, go for a different style all together, to allow your windows to open fully.
How-to Put-Up Blinds with Brackets?
Once you have got these minor details stashed out, it’s time to roll-up your sleeves and get down to business!
Please note that the following step makes up a general guide on how to fix a blind bracket. Some blinds will come with instructions, specific to their special features. Do read the instruction manual for those pointers.
You will get your brackets with the blinds; with all the bits and pieces you need to fit them. Other than those, you will need:
- A Drill with Hammer Setting
- A cross-head Screwdriver
- Masking Tape
- A Spirit Level
- A hammer
- A pencil
- Some spare screws (just in case)
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.
Step 1: First you need to get the positions right. Place one of your brackets on the side or the underside of the lintel, according to your preference.
Step 2: Use the pencil to mark the points where the screws would go into the wall.
Step 3:Place the second bracket on the opposite end of the window. Make sure that it is level with the first brackets. Use the spirit level for this.
Note: If the two brackets are not at the same level, you will end up with a lop-sided blind.
Step 4: Once you have aligned and marked the positions of the two brackets, place your first bracket on the first markings and hold onto it with one hand.
Step 5: Use your other hand to drill the first screw into the corresponding hole.
Note: Don’t drill the screws all the way in to leave some room for last-minute adjustments.
Step 6: Realign, if necessary, the bracket to position it on the second marking.
Step 7: Drill in the second screw.
Step 8: Once you are sure that your brackets are perfectly placed, use the screwdriver to push in the screws securely against the wall.
Step 9: Repeat steps 4-8 to fit in the second bracket.
How to Put-up the Blind?
Once again this is a general instruction about how to fit a Venetian blind.
Step 1: Raise the blind up all the way.
Step 2: Find the swing-arm on the headrail.
Step 3: Push it in an anti-clockwise direction.
Step 4: Snap the headrail into the bracket.
Step 5: Push the swing-arm in a clockwise direction to lock the headrail to the bracket.
Now your blind is all set to start working. Open and close it a couple of times to see if it is working properly.
Last Step: Now sit back and relax.