Cordless mini blinds are one of the most popular means of creating privacy and gaining control over the amount of sunlight that enters your living room. While their cordless mechanism (wand tilt release) adds to the safety aspect, it’s these blinds’ affordability, and the variety you get in terms of materials and colors that’s made them the preferred window treatment solution for millions around the world. These stringless blinds enable you to achieve the ideal degree of light and privacy, create a unique look and match your place’s current décor so they’re as suitable for the average urban household and office as they are too chic designer homes and workplaces.
Another reason that cordless mini blinds are so in demand is their easy upkeep and that you can install them yourself, very likely, without breaking a sweat. It’s a pretty easy process if you just follow a few simple steps.
Here’s how to put up cordless mini blinds at your home…
The Supplies You Need to Install Cordless Mini Blinds
It’s only logical you get hold of all the supplies and tools you’ll need for putting up your blinds beforehand, so you don’t find yourself in a fix halfway through the process, especially if you’re planning on going at it all by yourself. Luckily, most of the items you’ll require for the job are quite commonplace so you’re likely to have them lying around the house or the workshop. These are the supplies you’ll require:
• A pencil
• Measuring tape
• A screwdriver
• A drill
• A step ladder
You’re going to need fasteners for fitting the mini blinds into the concrete or aluminum fixtures as well as for attaching the brackets and installing valances, so it’s always a good idea to have some extra fasteners on hand. And, you’re going to need your cordless blinds. Open up the package and inspect the contents. Make sure you have the required number of mounting brackets and screws. Got all the apparatus in place? It’s now time you learn how to install blinds.
Installing Your Blinds
Now by this stage, you’ve most likely decided how you want to mount your blinds – inside the window frame or outside it. But if you haven’t or are still unsure of the difference, you should know the biggest advantages of both these ways. Blinds that are mounted inside the window frame create the cleanest look you can achieve, and the blinds can be made to sit as deep or shallow as you want them to. Mounting the blinds outside the window frame essentially takes the window frame out of the equation – you’re going to mount the brackets on the outside of the frame and your blinds or shades will extend past it. It’s a wonderfully flexible solution that allows you to pick the window dressing you like even if your choice isn’t suited for inside mounting.
The mounting bracket should ideally be positioned 1-3 inches from the head rail’s ends. If you’re putting up wider blinds or shades, then those may need 3 or more brackets. In that case, position the third (or fourth) bracket so it’s evenly spaced in between the outermost brackets. Make sure none of the brackets end up mounted in a way that they disrupt the head rail’s mechanism.
Installing the Brackets
For installing the brackets inside the window frame, start by clipping the brackets on the headrail at their marked locations. Next, hold up the blind at the desired height and use a pencil to mark the point at the bracket’s rear where it touches the inside of the frame. Now align the brackets with the marked points and attach them in place using 11/8” screws. A 5/64″ drill bit will be perfect for drilling the holes for these screws.
When installing the brackets outside the window frame, you’ll need to mark the location for each bracket by raising the blind and centering it over your window’s opening. Again, use a 5/64″ drill bit to create the holes and screw the brackets in place using 11/8” screws.
Attaching the Headrail
Bring the headrail against the brackets in a way that the inner front edge of the headrail rests above the front end of each individual bracket. Next, push the headrail up so the flexible tabs located at the bottom of the brackets snap on to the head rail’s back. Make sure that each bracket has been secured to the headrail. Next, proceed to attach the handle to the bottom rail. That’s it – you’ve successfully installed your blind!
An important point – make sure you always rotate the slats so they’re open before you raise or lower the blinds. This prevents undue wear and tear and will add to your blind’s lifespan.
Operating and Care
It’s only sensible you also gather some insight into the safest, most efficient ways of operating them. Mind you, there’s nothing really new in these tips, just little things that can make a lasting difference.
• Lowering the blind
When you want to lower the blind, hold the handle or the bottom rail and pull down straight. Simple, right? The tip, here, is that you pull the rail down slowly. A lot of times, people get into the habit of just gripping the handle and yanking it down which is absolutely unnecessary and can impact the fluidity of the mechanism in the long run.
• Raising the blind
To open or raise your cordless mini blind, place an open palm against the bottom rail and slowly lift it until it’s reached the desired height. Again, like with lowering the blind, maintaining a slow and steady tempo when you’re pushing the blind up is a habit that will keep your blind working smoothly for a long time.
• Tilting the slats
Tilting the slats is as easy as lowering and raising the bottom rail or handle to achieve the desired tilt. Learn to do it with a slow tempo and you’ll soon figure out the correlation between the movement of the handle and the tilting of the slats.