Do old window blinds make your room look drab and blah? Do you want to give your windows and your room an attractive and a completely new look? Then, getting some new window blinds might just do the trick. You may choose blinds from a wide variety of materials, designs, and textures. There are different types of blinds that work in different ways. You can even customize the blinds you choose to fit your needs and measurements.
So now, you have chosen your favorite blinds and are all geared up to fix your new blinds. However, the next step- how to put up your new blinds, might confound you. Most people choose to pay big bucks and outsource the job of fixing new blinds to someone else. But it is a truly unnecessary exercise. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can install your new blinds on your own. Read on to learn how you can put up your new blinds in an easy and efficient manner.
Things You Need to Fix Your New Blinds
To make sure that you can efficiently and skillfully, you may need a few tools and devices. These are not fancy gadgets or gizmos. All of the tools that essential for the installation of your new blinds are probably already available in your own home. Given below is a list of things that you may need to keep on hand before you start to mount the new blinds.
• Pencil – a pencil will come handy to mark the measurements for the blinds.
• Drill – A drill is an important tool to help fix the brackets when go about putting up your new blinds.
• Measuring tape – A measuring tape will ensure that you have accurate measurements, be it to help you buy your new blinds or to help put them up.
• Screwdriver – A screwdriver is an important tool that helps to securely fix your screws, nuts and bolts while you put up your new blinds.
Get to Know the Things that Come With Your Blinds
When you think about mounting your new blinds, the most common thing that leads to a lot of confusion is the many contents of the box that contains all the components that come with the blinds. To tackle this problem, you need to make sure that you are familiar with each of the items that come with your new blinds. This way, you can make sure that your work of installing new blinds goes smoothly. If your blinds come with instructions, you must make sure to read them carefully too.
Making the Measurement for the Mount
• Measurements for the windows
The measurement of the windows needs to be done before you go ahead and buy the blinds of your choice. A measuring tape is the tool of choice for this task. Before you measure you must determine if you are going to mount your new blinds on the inside or the outside off the window casing. Hang the blinds on the outside to make your windows and blinds look bigger. If you want your windows to look slimmer and longer, you may place the mount on the inside. The inside mount will also cause the light to enter your room from the sides. So, you may need to choose accordingly.
1. The outside mount
You will need to measure along the outside edges of the window casing. If your window has a bottom casing, measure from the top to the bottom.
2. The inside mount
If you plan to go for an inside mount, place the measuring tape at the point where the window casing meets the glass of the window. Make sure to measure the window at three levels- top, middle and bottom. If you find that the measurements do not match, choose the smallest measurement and follow that for the upcoming steps.
Purchase of the Blinds
Once the measurements have been taken and you have made your mind up that they are accurate, you may go ahead and purchase the blinds of your choice. You can choose from vinyl, polyvinyl, aluminum and wood for your blinds depending upon your taste and needs. If the blinds are used to be in a kid’s room, you should go for one that has certified lead free paint.
Making Marks for the Mounts
Take out all the components that come with your blinds and make sure every part is present. If you have been provided with a pamphlet with instructions, you may follow it with the instructions given here. Use the pencil to make the marks. The advantage of pencil marks is that the marks will not get rubbed off accidentally but they can be erased if the need be too.
1. Outside mount
Raise the blind up in a way that the headrail or the topmost part off the blind is in level with your window casing. Use your pencil to make a mark under the head rain on both sides of the casing. Make a mark that is one-fourth of an inch at each end of the headrail.
2. Inside mount
Here, the headrail is to be placed inside the casing. Decide how deep you want to mount the headrail and mark the position of the headrail at the top of your window opening.
Installing the Brackets
• Placement of the brackets
Open the door of the bracket and place them inside the marks on the casing make sure that one of the open ends face towards you and the center of the window. The door of the bracket must face towards the room.
• Marking the drill points
Make pencil marks at the points where you will need to drill. In most brackets, there will be two points. Make sure that the two points are on the same level. Outside mounts will have the brackets on the two sides of the window casing. In an inside mount, the brackets will be on the two corners of the window casing.
Drilling the Holes
Most brackets have to screws. If the window casing is made of wood, you must make sure the hole that you drill is a little smaller than the screw’s diameter. This will ensure a snug and tight fit.
Installation of Headrails and Valance
The next step in the list of instructions for installing new blinds is the installation of headrails and the valance.
• Valance clips
Valance clips are small clips that attach the valance to the headrail. The valance is used to cover the headrail to make it much more esthetic. The clips need to be placed on the headrail before it is placed into the bracket.
• The placement of the headrails
Place the headrail on the open bracket door and snap it into place. This will result in a very audible snap sound.
• Attachment of the valance
Rest the valance on top of the valance clips. When you are sure that the position is the way you like it, push it in gently and the valance clips will hold the valance in place.
• Blind wand
If the blinds you chose have a wand that facilitates easy opening and closing, you may need to attach it now. You will only need to slide the hook up onto the wand and pull the plastic sleeve on top of it. Some blinds come with pre-attached blind wands. You will not need to do much in these cases.