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Tips on How to Put Up New Shades without Professional Help

Tips on How to Put Up New Shades without Professional Help

Need for Blinds & Shades

Blinds and shades are among the most common and popular window treatments in the market. they have occupied a significant portion of the market for years. They have reinvented themselves and been revamped with new features and modern technology to enhance their functional and visual appeal and also to make them more relevant in these technology-driven times. There are a plethora of window shades to choose from including cellular shades, roman shades, roller shades, wood, faux wood or vinyl blinds, mini blinds, vertical blinds, etc. every shade has something unique to offer. They help to make your windows more energy-efficient, block out the heat and light, preserve your privacy, etc. zeroing down on a blind or shade is a daunting and challenging task. Once you have successfully selected a blind or shade for your home, it is time to get them installed and mounted on your windows.

You can always take professional help to mount your widows but it is easy to hang them yourself by following some simple instructions. It is not as tough as it seems. However, you need to be alert and careful to prevent any damage to the blinds.

Tools Needed

To install the shades you will need the following tools:

  • Steel measuring tape
  • Step ladder
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Level tool

Things to Remember

  • Measurement is the key for the blinds to make a perfect fit on your windows and for measurements always use steel tape.
  • Take note of whether the shade will be inside mounted or outside mount because this will impact the measurements. Inside mount blinds are mounted inside the window frame, offering a neat and sleek appearance to the windows. Outside mount blinds are mounted outside the window recess and cover the entire window frame. They are perfect for windows that do not have sufficient depth, have flaws, or very small windows.
  • Before you start the process make sure that you have all the screws, mounts, and hardware that are needed for the job.

Inside Mount Blinds & Shades

  1. The installation process may vary slightly depending upon the type of blind but given below are some general steps that will offer an overview of what to expect.
  2. Place the first bracket in the upper corner of the window frame so that it is at level with the surface of the wall. Regarding the placement of the bracket check the specific product instructions. If the blinds have a valance, the brackets will have to be placed further back into the window opening. This will create space for the valance.
  3. Use a pencil to mark the screw locations.
  4. You have to repeat the previous two steps to position the second bracket which will have to be placed on the opposite corner of the window frame. Remember that if you are directly mounting the blinds into drywall without studs you have to use drywall anchors.
  5. With a steel, tape make sure that the two brackets are at the same level.
  6. Drill holes into the positions marked using a drill bit.
  7. Screw the brackets into place.
  8. Slide the headrail into the brackets; close the brackets to hold the headrail in place.
  9. Your blinds have been successfully mounted. Raise and lower the blinds a few times to check their functionality.

Outside Mount Blinds & Shades

Outside mount blinds are mounted on the wall or near the ceiling. Before you start you need to measure the space above the window to ensure that there is at least 2” flat space on the molding or the wall.

  1. The width will depend upon the coverage you want for your windows. There should be at least 1.5” overlap on either side of the window for blinds and shades and a 2” overlap for roller or solar shades. The extra width will give better coverage for light and privacy.
  2. Determine where you want to position the headrail. You can position it on the molding or wall. Mark this position with a pencil. From this point measure the height of the window, where you want the bottom of the blind to rest. It can extend till the sill or go lower.
  3. Make space for obstructions like doorknobs. You need not make any deductions from your measurements. Always follow the width by height format.
  4. Use a drill bit to make holes into the walls or ceilings and position the brackets. Slide the headrail into the brackets and close them to secure the headrail.
  5. Your blinds are successfully mounted. Operate them a number of times to check their functionality.

Following these steps along with product specific instructions will help you install your blinds without any hitch. However, if you have doubts about the process, it is always preferable to get professional assistance. This will help prevent damage to blinds because ZebraBlinds will not take liability for any damage caused due to faulty installation or following general instructions.