Wood Blinds Installation

Installing window blinds is not an overly difficult task but the process will vary depending on the type of blinds you buy. In this article, we are focusing only on wood blinds. Keep in mind that even with this information it is important to read the manufacturer's instructions, as these too can vary. To get started, you will need some everyday tools to make the job easier. For instance, grab a pencil, Phillips screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, leveler, pair of pliers, and an electric drill, cordless work great.

Next, you need to figure out if you want to go with an outside mount, in which case the brackets would be installed on the outside of the window frame, or an inside mount, which means the brackets would be installed on the inside of the frame. When you open up the brackets for your wood blinds, you will notice an RH and LH, which is for the right-hand and left-hand mounting. Regardless, the brackets can be used for inside or outside mounting.

Bracket Mounting

If you want to mount the brackets on the inside, make sure they are level and flush with the frame. Then, using wood screws, you want to screw them through the bracket holes, directly into the frame. If you go with outside mounting, keep the blind open and hold it up to where you want it to hang. Then with your leveler and pencil, mark the spot, going out at least one-quarter of an inch from the side of the window frame. Once done, use drywall, concrete, or whatever type of nails needed to secure the bracket in place.

Next, if the blinds are wide tape, a bracket shim may be needed for clearance associated with a ceiling mount. Otherwise, you would install the spacer block according to instructions, securing through the holes on the inside, going directly into the frame.

The bracket door latches would then be released, which can be done by pressing up on the bottom portion while at the same time, lifting up the door so it is open. Next, the head rail would be slid into the mounting bracket and the bracket door latch closed, keeping it tight and secure. For the wand assembly on your wood blinds, the cap from the wand would be pulled off so the actual wand could be slipped onto the metal hook. When secure, simply push the cap back on, which will secure it so it never falls off the hook during operation.

Valance Clips

The final step of your wood blind installation would be to attach the valance clips onto the front portion or lip of the head rail. For this, you want to snap the valance into place, installing one of the clips onto each end. Just make sure these are spaced so they are no more than 48 inches apart. Next, the clips would be aligned with the channel on the back of the valance and the face of the valance pressed into place, locking it.