Project Guide

How to Install Blinds or Shades

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Installing Vertical Blinds - Inside Mount

Keep in mind that you will have to choose either an inside mount installation, or an outside mount installation before you measure, order and install your window treatments. Both inside and outside mounted blinds and shades have mounting brackets included. The first step in installing any window treatment is to secure these brackets in place. 

Be sure your brackets are even before screwing them in completely. Pre-drilling with an electric screwdriver or drill is recommended for an easier installation process. Correctly installed, the window treatment should slide right into the mounting brackets. Some products have closing or hiding brackets. 

Once the blind or shade is in place, make sure it is fastened securely.

Installing Vertical Blinds - Outside Mount

An outside mount installation provides better light control and can enhance the look of windows by making them appear larger.

Installing Cellular Shades - Inside Mount

Also known as honeycomb shades, cellular shades look great and absorb heat and cold.

Installing Cellular Shades - Outside Mount

Use a level when marking the headrail to be sure your blinds align evenly and the final installation hangs straight.

Installing Faux Wood Blinds - Inside Mount

Faux wood blinds are great for rooms with high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms. Measure carefully to get the size you need for a correct fit.

Installing Faux Wood Blinds - Outside Mount

Be sure to mount the center bracket slightly off center of the headrail. The center position could interfere with cord operation.

Installing Horizontal Sheer Shades - Inside Mount

Sheer shade are ideal for rooms where you want light to come in throughout the day. Make sure the tension mount is installed securely to ensure ease of operation.

Installing Horizontal Sheer Shades - Outside Mount

A hammer can be used to tap screws in lightly to create a pilot divot if you don't have a drill.

Installing Wood Blinds - Inside Mount

Wood blinds are popular for their eco-friendliness and ability to regulate temperatures. 

Installing Wood Blinds - Outside Mount

Installation of wood blinds is similar to that of faux wood blinds, but extra care should be taken not to scratch or damage the wood surfaces.

Installing Woven Wood Shades - Inside Mount

Woven wood shade are lightweight window treatments that add character to a room.

Installing Woven Wood Shades - Outside Mount
Installing Aluminum Blinds - Inside Mount

Also called mini-blinds, aluminum blinds are an economical option and are easy to replace.

Installing Aluminum Blinds - Outside Mount
Installing Drapes - Grommet Drapery Panels

Drapes provide an elegant enhancement to a room while helping to regulate temperatures. Grommet panels are among the simplest drapes to install.

Installing Drapes - Tuscany Drapery Panels

Follow this video for a simple installation of Tuscany drapery panels.

Installing Drapes - Rod Pocket Drapery Panels

When installing rod pocket drapery, make sure you place the first finial before loading the draped onto the rod. This will prevent the fabric from slipping off while you work.

Installing Drapes - Inverted-Pleat Drapery Panels

Depending on your kit, screw anchors may not be included. It may be wise to order an assorted set along with your drapery accessories.

Installing Drapes - Pinch-Pleat Drapery Panels

Don't forget to set one hook outside the rod bracket at each end of the pole. This ensures complete coverage by the drapery and keeps light from leaking from the outer edges of the window. 

Some products come with a valance to hide the mechanisms in the head rail. After you secure the blinds and make sure they operate properly, slide the valance into place using the provided valance clips.