With hundreds of window shades and blinds flocking the market, it is a daunting task finding the right solution for your windows. One particularly popular solution is the extremely versatile roller shades. These shades can be made from fabrics that can range from light filtering to blackout. There are different colors, textures and designs that you could choose for your roller shades. You have Dual Roller Shades now that come with two fabrics housed in one headrail. Both light filtering and blackout fabrics are rolled into one to create a highly functional and versatile window treatment solution for your homes.
Inside or Outside Mount
Roller Shades can be both inside mount and outside mount. Inside mount shades are mounted inside the window frames and they are preferred for their neat and clean appearance. You can go for outside mounted shades if your windows lack depth or there are some window blemishes you would want to conceal with the help of the shades.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Inside mount or outside mount, roller shades can be installed by you without any professional help. It is always great fun doing something for your own house and that too all by yourself. It helps to add a personal touch to your space. It offers a much needed welcome break from the drudgeries of daily life; it offers an opportunity to spend quality time with family member who too can join you in your efforts. It could be both fun and enterprising.
Installing Inside Mount Shades: Things to Keep in Mind
While it can be a fun activity, installing roller shades to your windows is a serious job and to ensure that you do a good job of it, you need to keep certain things in mind.
1. Get all the things you need in one place
Before you getting started with your task of mounting your shades, it is important to ensure that you have all the required hardware that you will need. This will prevent any hassle later on. To get work down you will need the following:
Keep these handy before you start the process of installation.
2. Taking correct measurements
Before you go ahead and mount the shades you need to take correct measurements. Follow the steps given below:
• Take measurement of the depth of the window frame from the front of the opening to the glass. This is to ensure that the window recess meets the depth requirements needed for inside mount roller blinds.
• Take measurement of the width of each window. For roller shades measure the width only at the top of the window.
• Measure the window height at three different places, left, center and right. The tallest measurement will be recorded as the height of your window.
• You do not have to take any deductions into consideration. The factory will do the same.
• Double-check your measurements.
3. Read the instruction manual
Your roller shades will be delivered along with an instruction manual. While there isn’t much difference between the installation of roman shades and roller shades, it doesn’t hurt to go through the manual. There may be some tips that may come in handy for the particular product that you are looking to install. The brackets could be different or some other minute details that could make a difference when you are trying to mount the shades by yourself.
4. Use hardware provided by the manufacturer
It is important to understand that every window treatment is different and unique in their way. They have their own requirements which are addressed by the respective manufacturers. Blinds are delivered along with their required hardware. It is recommended to use only the hardware that is delivered by the manufacturers. For example the door, roller blinds will need different types of screws as compared to cordless roller shades. The hardware of different blinds may not fit well.
5. Use pencil and ruler for markings
Before you start installing the blinds it is better to make markings of the height at which the blinds will be mounted and also mark the place of the screws and length of the brackets. This will make drilling easier and also more accurate. It is recommended to use a metal ruler instead of a measuring tape because metal rulers are sturdier and hence more effective. They don’t droop down.
6. Pre-drill your holes
After the markings are done, you can use a screw and a hammer to make a light hole. You can use a machine driller but try not to make a deep hole as it will make the tightening of the screws difficult. Directly drilling the screws into the wall could cause it to chip.
7. Hand-tighten the screws
It is advisable to tighten the screws by hand. It allows you to hold the screws tightly in place and ensure that the hole isn’t too deep. The finishing is smoother as well. Some hardware is not made for drilling and could cause it to break.
8. Check bracket position
This is equally important. Position the brackets on either side of the window before marks are drawn and holes are made. Check which bracket will go on the left side and which on the right. This is to prevent any confusion that may arise once the brackets are fixed.
9. Mount shades carefully
Once the brackets have been placed you are ready to mount the shades. You have successfully followed all steps. While mounting the shades check that you put the shade on the round-pin bracket first and then the spring idle side. This is the safest and most effective method of putting your roller shades in place.
10. Check that shades have fit well
Once you have mounted the shades on the brackets ensure that they have set well. Give a slight tug, raise and lower the shades few times to determine that there are no screws left loose. If not, it could be a hazard, particularly if you have toddlers and pets in the house.
To make your DIY venture a success it is recommended that you follow the measures as shown above. The checklist will help you from missing out on a vital step and from making any mistakes that could damage the product, cause operational issues, or pose a risk to family members.