While picking blinds for your home, it is essential for you to determine if you want outside or inside mount blinds. If your house features shallow windows, then you may have to go for outside mount blinds. However, if the area above the window isn’t sufficient, then you will have to look into other options available for blinds installation. With adequate support, blinds can also be mounted to the ceiling. An excellent method of fixing blinds to the ceiling is to ensure that you mount them into joists, studs, or rafter beams. If wood support isn’t present at the right location, then drywall anchors can be used. However, examine the package to ensure that the support has sufficient weight to hold the blinds. If you don’t want to go for drywall anchors, then an alternative option is adding a beam from the attic to make sure that the blind has sufficient support.
What Are Outside Mount Blinds?
Outside mount blinds are installed either on the wall just above the window or on the ceiling. They are known as ‘outside’ since the blinds are completely located outside the window frame. Outside mount blinds are always broader than the window space and entirely cover it. This offers a good symmetric appearance while allowing you to experience a high blackout level. Their breadth depends on the window size as well as your design choices.
Another important difference between inside and outside mount blinds where inside mount blinds need side as well as sill channels to completely block light, but outside blinds require no additional accessories. They are broad enough to cover the window edges and avoid natural sunlight from entering the room. Most outside mount blinds actually don’t come with channels as they don’t have to be used.
When Should You Choose Hanging Blinds From The Ceiling?
There are some situations where hanging blinds from the ceiling is a perfect fit or sometimes the only available choice. Therefore, you must consider this option in the following situations:
- For giving the illusion of tall windows: Hanging blinds from the ceiling develops a prominent vertical line to envelope the top part of the window frame making the windows appear larger and higher. Blinds hanging from the ceiling also make the room appear bigger and the ceiling also appears higher.
- For achieving better blackout coverage with no side and sill channels: As outside mount blinds enclose a greater area of the window as well as the frame compared to the inside mount blinds, they offer more light coverage. If your prime objective is protection from harmful UV rays coming from the sun, then hanging blinds from the ceiling would be the best choice for you. If you want complete privacy without installing side and sill channels, then you should consider installing outside mount blinds. They are perfectly suitable for hotel suites and guest rooms.
- For decorating shallow windows: At times, blinds cannot be installed well within the window frames. In that case, hanging blinds from the ceiling are an exceptional option as shallow windows don’t possess a deep frame and these blinds need not have to snug tight inside the window frame.
- For covering odd-shaped windows: It is impossible to install inside mount blinds on some oddly shaped windows. As outside mount blinds are hung on the wall or from the ceiling, they don’t have restrictions in terms of the shape of the window.
- For covering window trims: Prefer outside mount blinds if you are looking to close the top of the windows as curtains might appear too massive. Outside mount blinds are a great medium for decorating windows without extra space in front of them getting wasted.
- To use blinds with a crank handle or alarm sensor: Alarm sensors and crank handles are serious hurdles when fixing inside mount blinds. However, an outside mount blind spares greater space between the wall and the windowpane thereby, mitigating this issue.
How to Hang Blinds from The Ceiling?
If your home has windows with no deep inset frames, then you might have to directly fix the horizontal blinds mount on the ceiling. This lets you pull down the horizontal blinds all the way down to the window’s bottom. Before you start installing, determine the ceiling to floor measurement or ceiling to windowsill measurement to make sure you have blinds large enough to completely cover the window when it is extended.
- Hold the horizontal blinds pressed to the ceiling and at the center of the window frame. Using a pencil, mark points where two ends of the blinds lie on the ceiling. Keep the blinds aside.
- Now, hold the mounting brackets to the ceiling and align them with the markings. Several blind brackets permit multiple locations for mounting. Place the brackets in such a way that the unlocked ends of the bracket face each other.
- The holes for mounting should be marked. This can be done by forcing the tip of the pencil through the bracket’s holes that are already drilled. Keep the brackets aside.
- Holes big enough for anchors on the wall should be drilled with a hand drill. The anchors should then be driven into the ceiling using a hammer.
- The brackets should be fixed into the ceiling using screws that come along with the blinds.
- The headrail of the blinds and then the retaining clips should be slid into the brackets in order to secure the headrail in the proper position.
The availability of various types of mounts lets tailoring blinds to your requirements and choices. However, to understand your basic needs better, ensure to take few things into consideration such as:
- the depth of the window frame as well as the opening,
- the way your windows open,
- whether they are having a crank handle or lift,
- if you want to blend curtains with blinds,
- presence of any molding surrounding the window,
- the amount of blackout you want to have, and
- most importantly, whether to install outside or inside mount blinds.
At first, it may seem like outside and inside mount blinds are no different. This is because both of them completely cover the window, build a pleasant environment, and secure you from harmful UV rays. However, there are few important differences between outside and inside mount blinds. The right mounting choice can significantly impact your comfort and convenience with the purchased window blinds.