Whether you’re moving into a new home or redecorating your existing space, installing blinds on your windows offers an easy way to adjust the ambience of an entire room. Hanging blinds by yourself is easier than it seems. Most blinds include installation hardware, but you’ll probably need a tape measure, pencil and either a drill or screwdriver.
Hanging Blinds Inside The Window Frame
Many homeowners choose to mount blinds on the interior of their window frames. This creates a sleek, clean look, and blinds installed this way are less likely to detach and allow more light to enter around the edges. For windows with deep sills, an inside mount lets that space serve as a spot for plants and other decorative items.
The first step is to measure the width inside the casing, where the glass and the casing meet. Make sure to measure at the top, bottom and middle. If there are any differences, take the smallest number and use this as the width of your blinds.
Next, position the head rail inside the window frame. Use a pencil and make marks below the head rail at both ends. Find the brackets and place them inside the pencil marks, up against the inside top corner on either side of the window. Make sure the bracket door faces toward the inside of the room. Use your pencil to mark where your pilot holes will be drilled, choosing two diagonal holes for increased stability.
Once you’ve marked the holes, use your drill to create pilot holes for the screws. If you’re mounting into wood, the standard screws are acceptable, but mounting into plaster, drywall, concrete or other materials may require specialized screws and anchors. Use these holes to drill the brackets into place.
Finally, place the head rail into the brackets. Once it’s in position, snap the bracket doors shut and make sure they’re securely closed. Attach the valance and blind wand, and you’ve officially completed installing your blinds.
Hanging Blinds Outside The Window Frame
While placing your blinds inside the frame is a common choice, changing the mount location can be a simple way to add a different look to the room. Mounting blinds outside of the frame can conceal unsightly casing, and it also more fully blocks light from entering. When completely raised, outside-mounted blinds also make it easier to see the entire view, since the gathered blinds sit above the window frame.
An outside mount doesn’t change much during installation. Instead of measuring the width inside the casing, you will need to measure to the outside edge of the window trim on both sides. You’ll also want to place the brackets on the outside face of the window casing.
A third option is mounting the blinds above your window. This creates the illusion of increased height and size, making the window seem taller than it actually is. Functionally, this type of mount is similar to an outside mount. Simply place the brackets a few inches higher than you normally would, and be sure to account for the extra height when selecting the size of your blinds.
If all else fails, remember you can have the expert installers at Speedwell Design Center install your blinds and window treatments for you! No matter what type of mount you choose, the experts at Speedwell Design Center are available to help you pick the right blinds to suit your needs. With a wide range of materials, colors and styles available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect choice. Contact us, or stop into our Morristown, New Jersey showroom, where our highly trained designers can provide you with step-by-step guidance and expert tips.