So you may have come to the realisation that your neighbours or random strangers are looking into your living room as they walk by. That is not an ideal situation for you. One way to deal with this would be to get yourself some blinds. This will help by filtering out light that is entering your rooms and will control your privacy level. Simple-to-adjust slatted window treatments can be completely pulled aside for an unimpeded view or alternatively they can be completely closed, giving you total privacy. Blinds come in an array of sizes, different materials and cater for a range of budgets. I’d like to give you some insight in how to decide on the perfect blinds for you – and of course how to install the blinds.
- Select the right style of blind
Blinds are manufactured from hard materials like vinyl or wood. Whereas, shades are made from fabrics. Vertical blinds consist of “vanes,” the slats that hang vertically while horizontal blinds feature individual slats. Vertical and horizontal blinds can be stand-alone window treatments or they can also be paired up with curtains to give you a more soft effect.
- Measure accurately and precisely*
You need to precisely measure the area that your blinds need to cover. Your blinds need to be able to function smoothly and block out any light. Decide whether it is inside-mount blinds (which will be installed within your window frame) or outside-mount blinds (blinds which attach to the wall) that you want.
*Please note: If you are ordering a custom blind, the company will just cut the blinds exactly to your specifications.
Safety Note: Long pull cords do pose the risk of strangulation to small children or pets. Most blind manufacturers have decided to move away from the pull chord design however some models may still be found on the market. Depending on your family situation and if you have pets, maybe the cordless blinds option would be best for you.
- Installation basics
Any hardware you require, including screws and brackets should come with the blinds you purchase. Generally, you will need a drill and also a Phillips head drill piece for the installation. The standard process is:
- Attach the brackets to hold your blind. Particularly wide blinds may come with additional center support brackets to prevent sagging in the middle of the blind.
- After your brackets are securely in place, fit the upper blind rail into these brackets. Vertical and horizontal blinds can often be sold with a finished front piece for the top rail that snaps on, covering the brackets while also giving a nice finished look to the blinds. Please bear in mind that installation will vary by blind type and brand, so do follow the instructions carefully!
Blinded by simplicity?
As you can see, installing blinds is a pretty straight forward home improvement you can do. To recap, please be mindful of the safety risks associated with pull chords, be careful using the drill and do enjoy the privacy you’ll have with your new blinds!