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Submitted by: Trevor Richards
Blinds for residential windows allow people to control the privacy and light of the residence. There is a plethora of options to choose from; blinds without cords, wood, or vinyl. It is relatively easy to install and maintain these functional additions to a home. If you want to learn how to install window blinds, follow me down.
Generally, installation for outside and inside horizontal blinds are alike. Instructions for installing vertical blinds are similar, as well. The manufacturer’s instructions are the ruling document for specific details. To mark the location of the head-rail above the window opening or centered within, use a pencil or pen.
First, prepare the window by measuring width and height of the window. When you collect your measurements, you should get a general idea of the type of blinds you need. Generally, the space from the window to the interior wall is four inches, but it may vary. The position of the mount brackets should be marked at one-fourth of an inch wider than the head-rail.
If you are using outside mounted blinds, hold the end-brackets on the trim or wall, and mark the holes in the back. Inside mount-brackets are inside the window frame, but you do the same as you would for the outside mount brackets. Now pre-drill the holes in where you marked the mount brackets. Attaching outside mount brackets requires wall anchors. Most inside brackets do not require anchors.
After you pre-drill the holes, hold the bracket in position, and put in the screws for all of the holes. Do the same for the other brackets. Outside mounts may require washers or shims to plumb the brackets.
Confirm that the brackets are aligned and or parallel by utilizing a level. Some manufacturers require you to set-up a support bracket in the middle, between the end-brackets. If you must install a support bracket, ensure the bracket will not obstruct the blind’s ladder cords. If the trim is used for mounting, it is a good idea to use washers or shims.
Some kits come with valances. If your kit has a valance, attach the clips to the head-rail. Some packages have a valance incorporated with the head-rail. It is necessary to ensure the clips do not hinder the operational value of the blinds. Place the head-rail into the brackets and close the bracket doors to fasten it in position. Outside mounts have manufacturing instructions, and it is necessary to follow the guidelines.
Some blinds have bottom-rail end-caps. You may install these according to the manufacturers guidelines. You can adjust cord-stops if the stop is not at least 1-2 inches from the head-rail. You can make adjustments quite easily by lowering the blinds to longest length possible. After loosening the knot (not untie), push the stop/knot to be 1-2 inches from the head-rail. You can tighten the knot by pulling the cord while holding the stop. If you have children, you might benefit from adding a cleat high upon the wall or trim; it is used from wrapping the cord around.
About the Author: Trevor Richards writes on behalf of Better Blinds, UK installers of