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Will Command Strips Stick to Fabric? A Guide to DIY Shades

Will Command Strips Stick to Fabric? A Guide to DIY Shades

No Drilling for Blinds

Many people are averse to drilling on the walls. It is for the simple reason that the walls may get damaged in the process. This becomes all the more important if you are living on rented properties. The landlord may not be in favor of you drilling holes in the walls of his or her house. When you are opposed to drilling or under compulsion not to make any holes in the walls you are bombarded with challenging questions. How to hang your window blinds? How to hang pictures on the walls? While a picture may not be essential for your living, you cannot do without window treatments. Your windows need blinds and shades to block out the sun, heat, and excess light. You need your privacy to be safeguarded from unwanted elements. You need window treatments to create a cozy, comfortable, and safe ambiance for your home. So without drilling holes into the walls how can you mount the window treatments on your windows? What are the alternative ways to install blinds without damaging your walls?

Command Strips to Stick Fabric Blinds

Thankfully we have at our disposal some ways to hang your blinds without drilling and the most popular among them is command strips. These are adhesive strips that have adhesive on both sides of the strip. One side sticks to the wall and the other side to the product that you want to stick to the wall. It is important to remember that these strips are not manufactured to support heavyweights. A large command strip can support up to 16 pounds while a smaller one can support up to 4 pounds. So you must be judicious in selecting the item you wish to hang using command strips.

Command strips have become quite popular for mounting window blinds and shades. They have many advantages.

  • These strips, unlike drills, leave no lasting damage or impact on your window frames.
  • They can be used on a variety of surfaces like metals, glass, tiles, drywalls, etc. avoid rough surfaces like brick walls as the adhesive strip will not sit well.
  • Command strips are inexpensive. Traditional installation of blinds can cost a bomb if you are taking professional assistance.
  • Command strips can typically be removed from the wall with minimal damage.

To stick the command strips on the walls you need to follow the steps as given below:

  1. The surface where you are sticking the strips must be clean. They do not sit well on dirty surfaces. Clean the place with isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Peel off the cover on the adhesive side taking care to prevent your fingers from getting stuck on the adhesive.
  3. Now paste the strip on the side of the window and wait for a while to allow the strip to attach itself.
  4. On the other side of the command strip apply a layer of powerful glue to ensure that the fabric sticks to the strips and can hold up.
  5. For the fabric blind to hold up you also need to add a sufficient number of command strips. If you use fewer strips than required your blind will fall off. The command strips not only needs to support the weight of your blind but also the force applied when you are operating the blinds.

If you are making your own blind, then command strips are a great way to mount them on to your windows as this too will not require any professional assistance. But you must always remember that drilling is the best way to mount your shades. The blinds are more steady and sturdy. During operation too, when you are pulling your blinds up and down, there is much force that is exerted. Drilled brackets can sustain this force. However, if drilling is not an option at all then command strips work well for a short period of time. Additional glue or adhesive may be required to stick the command strips to a fabric.