Some Tips to Help You Install New Mini Blinds Without Pulling Your Hair Out


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It doesn’t seem right to have a window in your home that doesn’t have mini blinds or other sorts of window coverings. Mini blinds can significantly affect a room’s style and overall décor. They are also a fantastic way to control the amount of light, privacy, and insulation in your room. So unless you enjoy the neighbors’ prying eyes or the extreme weather conditions, you should install window blinds in your room.

Although installing new window blinds on your own is pretty easy, the process can quickly become frustrating. With the several screws and mounting pieces that come with new window blinds, you’re prone to make errors that will force you to uninstall and reinstall the whole hardware. However, proper planning is the key to ensuring you get the installation right. So before purchasing new window blinds on the Gold Coast, carefully measure your window to ensure they fit perfectly.

To ensure that your mini blinds installation goes smoothly and you don’t end up with your hair in your hands, we have put tips for you to get it perfectly done in one try.

What to Consider Before Hanging Blinds

While hanging blinds is a DIY project that you can complete fairly quickly, you should always consider where you will place the blinds to ensure that you purchase the right size and style. Window blinds are commonly installed on window frames or walls outside the frame.

Inside Mounted Blinds

Inside-mounted blinds are installed on the window frame, giving your windows a clean, simple look. Apart from that, they permit more light to enter the room through the edges than blinds mounted outside the window. They improve a room’s appearance by adding a decorative element to the windows.

Outside Mounted Blinds

Outside-mounted blinds are hung outside the window frame. They have a larger set of blinds, so they block the view from outside the room, blocking sunlight effectively and providing an additional layer of privacy. Because they cover windows better, you can use them to hide unattractive windows. If being able to control the amount of light coming into the room is your priority, outside mounts are a better choice.

 Now that you know where to place your blinds, the next stage is purchasing and installing the blinds. Installation of new mini blinds can be done in less than an hour, but if you don’t prepare in advance, you may spend a whole day at it. Here are some tips for installing new mini blinds:

Tip 1: Read the Installation Manual Carefully

Even if you’ve installed blinds before, always read over the installation instructions in the box. Different types of blinds may have different installation requirements. What you think you know about window blinds installation may not apply to a specific type of blinds. That’s why it’s always a good idea to read the installation instructions before installing your new mini blinds.  

The installation manual contains everything from step-by-step instructions to the necessary tools, materials, and safety warnings. Carefully reading the manual before you start will help you avoid errors that may lead to accidents or injuries and ensure the installation goes smoothly.

Tip 2: Measure Your Windows in Advance

Before you purchase your window blinds, you should measure your window frame to determine the size of blinds you need. When your windows are measured correctly, it will be easier to get blinds that will fit in perfectly. So double-check your measurements to avoid errors. 

As we mentioned earlier, mini blinds can be either inside-mounted or outside-mounted. Since inside-mounted blinds are positioned on the window frame, the measurements must be exact to fit snugly. Outside mounts sit outside the window frame, so you can make your measurements as wide or as long as you want.

Measuring for Inside-Mount Blinds

  • Measure the width of the window frame at three points (top, bottom, and middle) and use the shortest measurement. This will ensure that you won’t end up with a blind that is too wide, even if your window frame is out of square.
  • Measure the height of the window frame in the same manner and use the longest measurement this time.
  • Measure the depth of the window frame from the wall to the glass. If the frame is too shallow, choose outside-mounted blinds.

If unsure about a measurement, don’t add or subtract anything; just round it down to the nearest 1/8 inch.

Measuring for Outside-Mount Blinds

  • Measure the width of the wall on either side of the window. Then add at least 3 inches to the measurement to ensure that the blinds cover the window completely.
  • Measure the height from the top of the window opening to your desired length. Add another 3 inches to account for the additional heights of the mounting brackets.

Tip 3: Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before installing the blinds, ensure you have gathered all the necessary tools, check the box thoroughly, and ensure it includes all the mounts, brackets, screws, and other parts listed. This will prevent you from getting distracted by looking for parts or tools in the middle of the installation process. In addition to the parts included in the box, you will need the following:

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Pliers
  • Ladder
  • Protective eyewear and a dust mask.

Although a level tool is optional, it can be helpful if you’re having difficulty measuring and placing the mounts evenly on both sides. Also, if your window frames are slightly crooked, a level tool can help you locate and adjust to the minor unevenness to install the brackets level and straight.

Tip 4: Install the Mounting Brackets

If you want an easy installation, you should install the brackets on the wall according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They are typically fixed into the window frame or onto the wall by screws or nails.

When you want to drive screws into the wall, first make small holes by using a drill or tapping the screw with a hammer. This makes it easier to place your screw in the starter hole and turn it firmly.

Tip 5: Attach the Blinds to the Brackets

Once the mounting brackets are in place, you can attach the blinds by sliding them onto the brackets and securing them. Make sure you slide the blinds in correctly, with the wand on the left side and the lift cord on the right side.

Now that the mini blinds are firmly in place, place the end caps included in the box at each end of the brackets.

Tip 6: Test the Operation

After installation, remember to pull the cord at a downward left angle to ensure the blinds open and close smoothly. If you encounter any problems, refer to the installation instructions.

Conclusion 

Blind installation is a simple DIY project that only needs a few tools. While there are countless material, size, and style options, picking the correct size blinds is crucial for a stress-free and quick installation. Before choosing blinds for a window, learn how to take measurements for horizontal and vertical blinds so that the installation process is straightforward.