Home ImprovementHow to Choose and Install Window Blinds – the Complete Guide
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Window blinds help control the light and heat coming from the outside and can add a great deal of aesthetic appeal to the room they’re in. The problem is they are somewhat hard to install if you’ve never done it before. Needless to say, putting up blinds without drilling is possible.
So, if you:
Then read along!
Yes, with the so-called no drill blinds. Drill-free blinds snap into brackets in your window frames. Different models are attached to the window frame by various means, like adhesives or hooks. In terms of operation, these blinds work just like the rest and come in a variety of materials, such as aluminium, PVC, bamboo, and wood. Now it’s time to familiarise yourself with the different types of drill-free blinds and how to hang them.
These are perfect if you have PVC windows or french doors in need of blinds. Each package comes with its own set of clips, also called brackets, and instructions for proper installation. The main thing to remember about all clip-in blinds is that you put the clips between the rubber seal and window. Afterwards, you attach the blinds to the clips. When fully assembled, the blinds fit into the window and leave no gaps. This gives the window an elegant look because nothing is hanging in front of it. Instead, the blinds look like they’re part of the window.
These, as you might have already guessed, have an adhesive strip along their headrail. They also have an included trimming scale, which you can use if you need to cut the blinds down to a certain size. The blinds are usually made of paper, so it’s easy to cut. All you need is a straight-edged kitchen knife. After you’re done cutting, you can proceed to the installation:
This option isn’t much different than the one mentioned above. Command strips and hooks prove to be an easier DIY alternative to drilling when you have wood, glass, drywall, or steel surfaces. When you combine the strips with hooks, you can also hang curtains.
Now, here are the items you will need for the job:
The method here will work for both blinds and curtains. The only difference is that when you install blinds, you stick them onto the strips. When you install curtains, you place the hooks on the strips and then the rod on the hooks.
If you need temporary blinds or if you have metal window and door frames, consider magnetic blinds. They are extremely easy to install:
Magnetic blinds come with three to four magnetic brackets. Some brands use disks, but it works just the same.
In case you’re wondering, there are also magnetic curtains on the market. Usually, they have a flat aluminium rod with a powerful magnetic strip on the back and velcro on the front. The curtain itself also has velcro of its own and is attached to the front of the rod. Basically, you just place the rod on the window or door of your choosing. When you need to clean the frames, you simply remove the blinds/curtains.
Tip: Always purchase quality products as the main problem with magnetic blinds is that the magnets are sometimes too weak. A while after installation, the whole contraption can fall to the ground.
Blinds of this sort are installed on tension rods inside the window frame. The rods are fully adjustable and can be installed on many frames. You just need to tighten them properly, otherwise, the blinds will fall every time you pull the string to open or close them. So, this is how you hang blinds on a tension rods:
Suspension rods can also prove very useful if you want to install a bathroom curtain and your shower space has two perpendicular walls. You can avoid the hassle of having to drill your tiles and damage. And if you don’t have perpendicular walls, check our post on how to drill through tiles without cracking them.
Find a professional to hang your blinds.
If you have a home of your own, or just prefer the stability of drilled window blinds, then consider booking a blinds fitting service. Fantastic Services works with experienced, insured, and fully equipped technicians who can complete the fitting job in no time. They can install all kinds of blinds, such as Venetian blinds, Roman blinds, vertical blinds, and custom ones.
The technicians can also assist you in removing the old blinds, should you request it, fitting shutters on bay windows, cutting roller blinds to size, and also child-proofing.
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