Blind Installation Overview
If you are thinking about buying new blinds for your windows but have concerns over the installation process, we want to assure you that it is much easier than you might imagine. The first thing is to make sure you have the appropriate tools. While you could use a handheld screwdriver, we recommend an electric or cordless model, making the job easier and faster. Other than that, all you need is a steel tape measure, some scissors, and a pencil.
The very first step is to measure the window according to the type of mount you want, which would include inside or outside the window frame. Then, using the pencil, mark the location so you will know where the hardware goes. Once you have these measurements, you can purchase the appropriate size blinds. The key here is to purchase what fits snugly so you avoid any gaps. The result would be better energy conservation, as well as privacy. If you are uncertain what you need, your local home improvement or retail store can assist. All you need to do is provide the measurements, taking them exact to an eighth of an inch.
Next, after removing the blinds from the package, read the manufacturer's instructions. Although all installations are almost identical, there could be a slight difference. For instance, depending on the style of blinds you chose, they may or may not include things such as hold-down brackets, valances, etc. Then, you need to choose screws for the type of mount. For instance, if you will be mounting on the outside of the frame, you need drywall screws whereas for inside mounts, you need wood screws since they would be going directly into the frame. Now, there are occasions when you need to drill through metal. In this case, the holes should be pre-drilled and metal screws used.
You would then use the mark and if you were going to mount on the inside of the window, the brackets would be placed on that location. The blind hardware would be mounted while making sure the head rail is level. For the outside mounting installation, the blind would be centered on the opening of the window, taking care to line it up on the bottom with the head rail you marked with the pencil. Next, position the brackets according to placement and mount them using the appropriate screws.
Once the support brackets are in place, the blind is slid into one end and then the other. Typically, blinds come with bracket cover, which close over the head rail of the blind to keep it securely in place. That way, when you open and close the blinds, they would operate, as they should. As you can see, the installation process is actually very simple. With a few standard tools and a little bit of time, you can have your windows looking brand new in no time.