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Window Blink Installation

Installing windows blinds is actually a very easy process once you know how. You need to start by measuring the window. Using a metal measuring tape, decided whether to hang the blinds on the inside or outside of the window frame and then round to the nearest 1/8 of an inch. The following is needed for an inside mount:
  • Mini Blinds 1 to 2 inches deep
  • Pleated Shades 1 to 2 inches deep
  • Vertical Blinds 2 to 3 inches deep
  • Wood Blinds 1 to 2 inches deep
Start from the top and measure to the bottom and then measure from side to side. You do not need to worry about bracket allowance since this is covered by the manufacturer. Measure the length from the sides as well as the middle and then use the longest of the three measurements.

For an outside mount, use the following:
  • Horizontal Blinds and Shades Overlap width, 3 inches (1 on each side), overlap height, 2 inches on the top and 1 inches on the bottom

  • Vertical Blinds (below windowsill) Overlap width, 8 inches (3 to 4 inches on each side), overlap height, 2 inches on the top and 2 inches on the bottom

  • Vertical Blinds (floor level) Overlap width, 8 inches (4 inches on each side), overlap height, 2 inches on the top, subtract inch from the bottom.
To install blinds, you will need a drill and drill bits, a 1/4-inch wrench, level, steel tape measure, regular head screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, pencil, and scissors. Hold the new blinds up to the window that you will be covering to make sure it fits right before you hang them. Make sure all the hardware is included before you get started, and keep the copy of the instructions where you can refer to them when needed.

For a metal surface, you want to pre-drill the holes and use metal screws. If drilling into concrete, brick, tile, or stone, you want to use a carbide drill with anchors, plugs, or screws. For wallboard or plaster, make sure the hoes are pre-drilled, suitable for plugs or anchors.

For an inside mount, install the brackets up in the top corners on the jamb and where they will accommodate the head rail, making sure it is level. For outside mounting, you will need to hold the blinds up to the height where you want them hung and then with the pencil, mark the frame at each of the end horizontal places across the bottom of the head rail. Now, center the blinds on the window, lining the bottom up with the marks you made on the head rail. Now mark your vertical position at each end of the head rail.

If you have extension brackets, make sure they are mounted sideways so flexing is eliminated. This can be done with screws placed diagonally. Now you want to attach the hinged-cover brackets to the extension brackets using the nuts and bolts. Keep in mind that each type of blind has different brackets so be sure you read the directions.

Once the brackets are in place, the head rail needs to be installed. Open up the hinged cover and make sure the cords and tape ladders of the head rail are operating freely. Slip the head rail into the support brackets using a rolling type motion while pushing it into place. If the brackets are designed with hinged covers, you can now close them, snapping them into place. The last step is to attach the wand, which literally just slips down over a metal hook on the blinds.
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