Are you averse to drilling? Or living in a rented accommodation that does not allow you to drill? Or it might be that you don’t want to mar the look of that fantastic window frame by drilling a hole into it. Don’t’ worry! There are pretty smart alternatives out there that does not require you to drill stubborn screws into equally headstrong walls.
Blinds are such a multi-functional, versatile accessory, that it is really hard not to have one. They block light, provide privacy, cut off sounds, and keep the room comfortable; the list goes on. Their sleek design, coupled with low prices, makes them the first option for many households.
Most blinds, however, involve lengthy installations, involving drills, screw, and hammers. If DIY is not your thing, then you can opt for some of the innovative solutions which allow you to mount blinds without screws.
These blinds are designed to go with PVC double-glazing windows. They come with brackets that can be simply pushed behind the rubber seal of the double glazing.
The greatest advantage of these blinds is that they fit in with the window, without leaving any gaps. This gives the windows a trim, neat look, making the blind a part of the window, rather than something hanging in front of it. Clip-in blinds are a perfect choice for conservatories, which sometimes come with guaranties that prevent drilling. Also suitable for French doors, so that when you open the door, the blinds don’t get in the way.
Adhesive blinds are another good option if you want a hassle-free installation. Adhesive blinds come with an adhesive strip along its headrail. To install, all you need to do is uncover the adhesive strip and paste the blind in the appropriate place by pressing firmly.
The disadvantage of this blind is that once you have stuck it, it does not come off easily. So, do make sure that you have the position correct before your paste these blinds.
Magnetic blinds are one of the best temporary blinds out there. These blinds are usually used on metallic door and window frames with the help of a magnet. The magnets attach themselves on the door, and the blind is fitted on to the magnets.
The best thing about these blinds is that they are temporary and taking them off is easy. Just a nice tug and they come off, making cleaning very easy. However, any strong movement can dislodge them. You can drill them to the metallic frame, but that would make the blinds permanent.
Tension rods are usually used for curtains, but you can also use them to mount blinds. Spring tension rods are best suited for this purpose. Spring tension rods are securely stuck to the wall with the help of springs. Spring tension rods can also be adjusted to fit windows of different sizes. When you need to take them out, they come out without leaving any marks on the wall, which is a great plus if you are a tenant or don’t want to poke holes in your walls.
To mount blinds of tension rods, you just need to follow some simple steps.
Step 1: Measure the width of the window from left to right, between the inner edges of the wall surrounding it. Order blinds according to the measurements.
Step 2:Your spring tension rods should also be ordered accordingly.
Step 3: Once you get them together, insert the rod through the hole on top of the blind.
Step 4: Now press one end of the spring tension rod on one end of frame. Hold on and press the other end on the other side of the window. Make sure the alignment is right and the blind is not lop-sided. Release and you are all done. Your blind is good to go.
Command hooks is another innovative way of hanging your blinds. They work really well with blackout shades. Just put two hooks on each side of the window and then one in the middle for additional support.
Now for the shade. Using a needle, attach strips of fabric, ribbon, or string to the back of your shade in the form of loops. You can also use some heavy-duty glue for this. Once the shade is dry and the hooks are well-stuck to the window, hang the shade by putting the loops onto the command hooks.
You must be wondering that if command hooks work, why not try command strips. Command strips do work for handing blinds, but not all are built to support the weight. Also, command strips do not work on all surfaces. They work well on painted wood, glass, tiled walls, cinder blocks, drywall, and metallic surfaces.
A large strip can hold up to 16 pounds in weight, while a small strip can hold nearly 4 pounds in weight. You can also use 3M picture hanging command strips which are built for handling heavyweights. You will get an idea about how much weight it will hold from the packaging.
To use them for hanging shades, peel off the cover on the adhesive side and paste one on each side of the window and another on the middle. Now use some strong glue on the side of the shade that will attach to the strips. The reason for doing this is that command strips go on the wall very well, but needs some help to stick to the fabric. Once the command strips are stuck to the wall, attach the fabric on them and you are all done.
As you have seen, it is quite easy to put on blinds without screws. But you do have to keep in mind that these methods are meant to be temporary. There are also some restrictions regarding how much weight each method can support. If you select a light material, you can use any of the above-mentioned methods to hang your blinds without screws.