What You need To Know About Blinds Installation
Window Blinds Installation Is Easy If You Know How
Window blinds are fast replacing the use of curtains and drapes as window treatments in modern homes. They are lighter and will not dominate a décor, as curtains are bound to do. They can also be use in addition to curtains, solely for the purpose of controlling light coming into a room or to ensure privacy. Window blinds installation is a relatively simple job that can be undertaken with some basic tools, and in the long run can save you money, if you are on a budget.
Most blinds will come with complete instructions for their installation and if they are followed, the work can be relatively simple to carry out. Window blinds will come with rails that have to be installed over the window. Make sure that you take the right measurements of your various windows before you go to the shop for ordering your blinds. Decide on whether you want them to be horizontal or vertical. Vertical blinds are preferable for large windows. Decide on the material that you want the blinds in, as this can be metal, wood, cloth or vinyl and any choice you make must take in to account the other décor in your home. You will also do well to note the position of your window in the walls. Do they allow a sill or jamb? A broad sill, can have you installing the blinds within the opening itself. This can make for smaller sizes. If there are no sills, or very small ones, you will have to size your blinds to overlap the window openings so that you are able to completely control light and privacy. These are all small things, but careful consideration can greatly ease any problems you may face for window blinds installation.
You need some simple tools for the installation work, and these will have to include a tape measure, a screwdriver, a hand operated or electric drill, and some fasteners. In all probability these fasteners will come with the blinds, but it is good to make sure. Window blinds come in long rectangular boxes with the blinds all rolled up. What you should find, once you open the box is mounting brackets, a headrail and screws. Handle the blinds carefully if they are made of vinyl or plastic as they do not care for rough treatment. If you have blinds of the exact size of your window, there is no problem in deciding its position, but if you have blinds that will overlap your window, you need to first mark out its center. Mark the center of the window, and the center of your blind rail. The brackets then need to be properly positioned and the holes marked that you need for mounting the brackets, by aligning the centers. Mark the holes for the brackets on one side, and use a level to ensure that the bracket holes on the other side are at the same level. Now drill into the wall to fix the brackets with the screws to the wall or window sill. Fix the brackets and again check that they are at the same level.
Your next step in window blinds installation is to slide the window rail into the brackets. The rail needs to be locked into position, through any device that you will find on the brackets. Check for level once again, before you slide the window blind attachments into the rail. They should have stoppers, at both ends, so that movement of the blinds does not cause the assembly to slide off. Your installation work is complete. Operate the blinds to ensure that its mechanisms are working as they should.