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7 Things to Remember and Avoid When Installing Window Blinds

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Window blinds are important for making your home look good and feel comfortable. They help you control light, keep your space private, and can even save energy. But, getting the most out of your blinds depends on choosing the right ones and installing them the right way. Whether you’re considering the timeless elegance of Venetian blinds or the sleek, modern appeal of roller blinds, proper installation ensures that blinds function smoothly, fit perfectly, and look great. 

This guide will give you all the tips you need for selecting and installing blinds and highlight common mistakes to avoid. By the end, you’ll be ready to improve your home with new window blinds easily.

1. Consider the Environment and Functionality

Before even purchasing your blinds, think about the environment of the room and how you intend to use the blinds. Different rooms may require different types of blinds; for instance, bedrooms may benefit from blackout blinds for better sleep, while living areas may need light-filtering blinds to enhance natural light while maintaining privacy. 

The functionality should align with your lifestyle; if you open and close blinds frequently, choose a user-friendly operating system. Overlooking the room’s environment and your lifestyle needs can result in less than optimal satisfaction with the blinds’ performance.

2. Understanding Your Window Space

Before you start, take a close look at your windows. Deciding between Venetian blinds, which feature horizontal slats, and roller blinds, which roll up and down smoothly, depends on your window size, shape, and the room’s style. Also, consider whether you prefer an inside mount, which fits within the window recess, or an outside mount, which covers the entire window area. This decision affects the overall look and feel of your room.

For example, if you have a beautiful wooden window frame, you might not want to cover it up. In that case, an inside mount is perfect because it allows the frame to be seen. But, if your window frame isn’t that attractive or you want to make your window look bigger, an outside mount could be the way to go.

3. Choosing the Right Window Blinds

There are so many types of blinds out there! Wood, faux wood, aluminum, and fabric are just a few options. When selecting blinds, think about what you need. If you want to keep a room really dark, roller blinds are a good choice as they  provide excellent privacy and light blocking, perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms. If you prefer a versatile option for wooden blinds that will keep the glare and heat out, Venetian blinds might be best because they can handle the Australian heat conditions and moisture better.

Coffee shop front with a small flower pot atop the table and two chairs with window blinds partly blocking sunlight

Consider materials as well. Venetian blinds come in wood, plastic, or metal, each offering different aesthetics and functionality. Roller blinds are available in various fabrics, from translucent to blackout, catering to different lighting and privacy requirements.

4. Accurate Measurements are Key

Measuring your window correctly is super important. If you get this wrong, your blinds might not fit right. Use a reliable tape measure and measure the width and height of your window in three places: the top, middle, and bottom. This is important because not all windows are perfectly square.

If you’re installing an inside mount, use the smallest width and height measurement to make sure the blinds fit inside the frame. For an outside mount, use the largest measurements so the blinds cover the entire window.

5. The Right Tools for the Job

You don’t need a lot of tools, but you do need the right ones. A drill, screwdriver, level, and measuring tape are must-haves. Whether you’re installing Venetian or roller blinds, these tools are essential for ensuring a straight, secure fit.

The level is also important because it helps you make sure everything is straight. Even if you think you can eyeball it, use the level. It makes a big difference. 

6. Installation Step-by-Step

Now, let’s get to the actual installation. Clear the area around your window so you have space to work. Lay out all your tools and the parts of your blinds. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath. Follow the instructions that came with your blinds one step at a time.

First, you’ll usually start by installing the brackets. Make sure they’re lined up straight with your level. Then, if your blinds came with a headrail (that’s the top part that holds all the blinds together), clip it into the brackets according to the instructions.

Hand of a woman screwing brackets of the window blinds

For Venetian blinds, ensure the slats can rotate freely without hitting the window frame. For roller blinds, ensure the rolling mechanism is unobstructed and smooth.

7. Checking the Mechanism

After everything is installed, it’s time to test the blinds. Pull them up and down a few times. Venetian blinds should tilt and lift smoothly, while roller blinds should roll up and down effortlessly.

They should move smoothly but if not, don’t worry. Check to see if anything is loose or stuck and adjust as needed. Overlooking this step can leave you with non-functional blinds, requiring adjustments or even reinstallation, which could have been avoided with a simple initial check.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Window Blinds

While installing blinds might seem easy, many people run into problems that can be annoying and eventually lead to big headaches later on. Installing blinds is not just about hanging something up at the window; it’s about making your rooms look better, work better, and be safer. To make sure your blind installation goes smoothly, here are some common mistakes to avoid to ensure your blinds are properly installed.

Not Measuring Correctly

Measure the width and height of your window in three places. Use the smallest width for inside mounts and the largest for outside mounts. This way, your blinds will fit perfectly and look neat.

Picking the Wrong Mount

You need to decide whether your blinds will sit inside the window frame (inside mount) or cover the whole window (outside mount). Each look is different, so choose what’s best for your room. Remember, inside mounts need a deep enough window frame.

Skimping on Quality

We all like a good deal, but cheap blinds can break easily and might not look great. Spend a bit more on something durable. Good blinds last longer, work better, and can save you money in the long run since you won’t need to replace them so often.

Using the Wrong Tools

Make sure you have the right tools before you start. Typically, you’ll need a measuring tape, level, drill, and screwdriver. The right tools make the job easier and help you avoid damage to your walls or windows.

Skipping the Instructions

Every set of blinds is a bit different. Don’t throw away the instruction manual. Take the time to read it before you start. It’ll make the installation easier and help you avoid simple mistakes.

Guy wearing gray shirt measuring the length of the window blinds

Rushing the Job

Don’t rush. If you hurry, you might make mistakes like uneven blinds or loose fittings. Take your time, double-check your work, and make sure everything is done right before you move on.

Neglecting the Final Check

Lastly, always test your blinds after installation to ensure they function as expected.

If you’re less inclined towards DIY, many suppliers have free installation service when you purchase their products. Don’t hesitate to ask for this option as this can save you time and ensure your blinds are installed correctly.

And there you have it, a full-proof guide to installing those blinds without a hitch. Installing blinds can really change the look and atmosphere of your room. It might seem a bit daunting at first, but with the right preparation and patience, you can do it. Just remember to measure carefully, use the correct tools, and take your time. 

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