DIY Blinds Installation for Homeowners
Just got yourself some nice new blinds? Now comes the hard part: DIY blinds installation. If you’re not sure where to begin, Domir Blinds is happy to help. Installing blinds actually isn’t that complicated. There are only a few steps. Once you have them down, you’ll be unstoppable. So, let’s get started!
Cut the Blinds to Fit
The first step is ensuring your blinds fit. Not every set of blinds will come in the correct length. This is especially true if ordering in bulk for a large space with many different window sizes. If you’re doing all of the work yourself, you’re going to want a table saw for cutting your blinds.
When cutting your blinds, be sure to remove length from both ends. Otherwise, you’ll end up with wonky blinds where each side is a different distance from the ladder cords. Measure the width of your window, subtract the width from the width of your blinds, then divide the remainder in 2. Remove that amount from each end.
When using a table saw on blinds, ensure the blinds are tightly closed and clamped shut. This will make them more like one solid object and ensure the cut is the same on each slat. You’ll also need to wear protective eye wear, as cutting plastic or aluminum blinds can lead to small pieces kicking up from the slats. Don’t rely on regular glasses to protect your eyes, as the gaps around the lenses are large enough for debris to pass through. Additionally, regular glasses can be damaged and scratched if hit with debris.
Note: not all blinds should be cut after manufacture. If you need custom sizes for blinds made of wood or fabric, order them to size.
Mark Attachment Points
Next up is marking out where your attachment points will go. Since most blinds are hung from brackets, get out your brackets and a measuring tape. If you’re mounting your blinds on the inside of the window frame, measure the correct distance from each edge, at the corner of the frame. Your blinds mounting kit should have additional instructions, specific to the brackets you’re using.
The next step of DIY blinds installation is attaching the blinds. When you’ve marked where the brackets should go, it’s time to attach them. Hold the brackets up to their desired position and mark where the hole sits. Then, remove the bracket from the wall and drill a pilot hole. This is where you’ll be screwing your bracket in.
After screwing your brackets in, lift your blinds up to them and hook the headrail into the brackets. With some rotation, you should hear them click into place.
Test Them Out
Now that your blinds have been attached to the brackets, all that’s left is testing them out. Give them a whirl. If there seems to be a hitch in their function, you may need to check their instructions to ensure you haven’t missed any steps that are specific to the design.
If your blinds seem to be crooked, something has gone amiss with your bracket mounting. Remove the blinds and use your measuring tape and level to ensure the brackets are positioned correctly. If all else fails, give us a call and we can answer any product related questions you have.