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How to Install Blinds or Shades

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Installing Vertical Blinds

Learning how to hang blinds using an outside mount installation provides better light control. This can enhance the look of windows by making them appear larger.


Inside Mount Installation:

  • Before installing blinds, use a metal tape measure to determine where to place the headrail brackets. Mark this location.
  • Measure and mark the recommended distance away from the window. This will make sure the vanes rotate freely.
  • Use a power drill to drill pilot holes where your marks meet. 
  • Drive the screws through each bracket with the valance clips attached. Be sure your brackets are even before screwing them in completely. Adjust them as needed.
  • Attach the headrail by positioning it in front of the brackets. Rotate it down until it snaps into place.
  • Use the wand or cord to evenly space the plastic stems along the headrail. Rotate the stems until the inside parts are visible.
  • Attach each vane by sliding them up into each stem. They should snap into place.
  • If your blinds have a cord, install the safety bracket or tension pulley onto the window frame to keep the cord taut.
  • When the vanes are attached, install the valance onto the valance clips.
  • Test the operation by pulling the cord to open and close them.


Outside Mount Installation:

  • Choose the point at the bottom of your window where you want your blinds to hang. Measure up to the top of the window, the length of the blind you ordered. Mark this location.
  • Place the headrail on this marking. Make two more marks 4 inches in from each end of the headrail.
  • Align the top of the first bracket with the first 4-inch mark and fasten it to the wall with the supplied screws. Repeat this process on the other bracket.
  • Hook the front of the headrail into the brackets. Rotate it back until it snaps into place.
  • Use the wand or cord to evenly space the plastic stems along the headrail. Rotate the stems until the inside parts are visible.
  • Attach each vane by sliding them up into each stem. They should snap into place.
  • If your blinds have a cord, install the safety bracket or tension pulley onto the window frame to keep the cord taut.
  • When the vanes are attached, install the valance onto the valance clips.
  • Test the operation by pulling the cord to open and close them.
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Installing Cellular Shades

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


Inside Mount Installation:

  • Measure in from each top corner of the window frame. The distance will vary across manufacturers, so consult your owner’s manual for the exact specifications.
  • Position the brackets above your markings, and drill pilot holes where the screws should go.
  • Screw the brackets into place.
  • Install the shade by hooking the headrail into the front of the brackets. Rotate back until you hear it snap into place.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.


Outside Mount Installation:

  • Position the shade on the wall’s surface where you want to mount it.
  • Mark the bracket installation points along the top of your headrail with a pencil. The distance will vary across manufacturers, so consult your owner’s manual for the exact specifications.
  • Align the first bracket with the first marking, and drill pilot holes where the screws should go. Repeat this process for the second bracket.
  • Screw the brackets into place.
  • If necessary, use a center support bracket included with your window treatment.
  • Install the headrail by hooking it into the front of the brackets. Rotate down until you hear it snap into place.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.
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Installing Faux Wood or Solid Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds on windows in a bathroom.

Faux wood blinds are great for rooms with high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms. Always measure carefully when learning how to hang blinds. This will make sure you have the correct fit. Wood blinds are popular for their eco-friendliness and ability to regulate temperatures. 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.


Inside Mount Installation:

  • Position the first bracket in the upper corner of the window frame. It should be flush with the wall’s surface. Mark the screw locations and repeat on the other side with the other bracket. Check and make sure the two bracket locations are even.
  • Drill pilot holes where the screws should go, then drill the screws into place to secure the brackets.
  • Install the blinds by sliding the headrail into the brackets.
  • Close the brackets to secure the headrail into place.
  • Attach the wand that rotates the blinds by hooking it to the metal clip at the top.
  • If your blinds come with a valance, attach the supplied tips and position it on the headrail. 
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new blinds.


Outside Mount Installation:

  • Position the blinds on the wall’s surface where you want to mount it.
  • Use a pencil to mark the left and right outside edges of the blinds along the bottom and sides.
  • Align the brackets along your markings and drill pilot holes where the screws should go. 
  • Drill the screws into place to secure the brackets.
  • If your blinds require a center support bracket, mount it slightly off center of the headrail. The center position could interfere with cord operation.
  • Snap the valance clips over the front lip of your headrail before mounting the blind.
  • Space the valance clips evenly and avoid contact with any interior parts of the headrail.
  • Slide the headrail onto the installed brackets, and close the bracket covers over each end. 
  • Attach the side returns of your valance with the supplied L brackets. Snap your valance into the clips.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new blinds.


Tip: Follow these same instructions when installing aluminum blinds.

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Installing Horizontal Sheer Shades
Sheer shades on windows in a bedroom.

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


Inside Mount Installation:

  • Measure in from each top corner of the window frame. The distance will vary across manufacturers, so consult your owner’s manual for the exact specifications.
  • Mark the bracket installation position.
  • Align the brackets along your markings and drill pilot holes where the screws should go. 
  • Drill the screws into place to secure the brackets.
  • Raise the shade into the frame and position the headrail back into the brackets. Rotate down until it snaps into place.
  • Remove the protective covering from the shade.
  • If your shade has a cord, install the safety bracket or tension pulley onto the window frame to keep the cord taut.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.


Outside Mount Installation:

  • Position the shade on the outside of the frame where you want it mounted.
  • Mark the top of the headrail 2 to 3 inches in from each end of the frame.
  • Line up the front of each bracket so they’re even. Mark where your screws will go.
  • Drill the screws into place and secure the brackets. 
  • Install the headrail by sliding it onto the brackets and pushing toward the back of the window until it snaps into place.
  • Install the safety bracket or tension pulley along the bottom of the frame where it will not interfere with the operation of your shade.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.
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Installing Woven Wood Shades
Woven shades on windows in a living space.

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


Inside Mount Installation:

  • Measure in from each top corner of the window frame. The distance will vary across manufacturers, so consult your owner’s manual for the exact specifications.
  • Position the brackets above your markings, and drill pilot holes where the screws should go.
  • Screw the brackets into place.
  • Raise the shade into the frame. Position the headrail back into the brackets. 
  • Rotate the headrail down until you hear it snap into the place.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.


Outside Mount Installation:

  • Position the shade on the wall’s surface where you want to mount it.
  • Mark the bracket installation points along the top of your headrail with a pencil.
  • Place the first bracket along the bottom of your first pencil mark, and drill pilot holes where the screws should go. 
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Drill the screws into place to secure the brackets.
  • Line the headrail up onto the brackets and push up to secure it into place. The threaded post on the bracket should fit securely through the slots on the headrail.
  • Lift up the valance and secure your shade with the included wing nuts. Turn them until they’re snug.
  • Cover each end of the headrail with the included side flats.
  • Finish by lowering and testing your new shade.
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Installing Drapery Panels
Drapery panels hanging above a window in a living space.

Drapes provide an elegant enhancement to a room while helping to regulate temperatures. There are four common panel styles to choose from: Tuscany, grommet, rod pocket and pleated.


  • Determine where your draperies will hang. Align a steel measuring tape vertically in the center of your window frame. Lower the measuring tape down the wall to the place where you’d like your fabric to rest.
  • Extend the tape above the center of your window, to the full length of the panel. Mark this position with a pencil.
  • From your pencil marking, measure horizontally on each side. Determine the distance to each end of the rod.
  • Subtract 6 inches on either side for the brackets and finial. Mark the positions with a pencil.


Metal Bracket Installation:

  • Align the top of the first bracket in the marking. Make additional guide markings through the bracket holes. Repeat on the other side.
  • Drill a hole on each mark to insert your anchors and screws.
  • Secure the short end of the L-shaped extension bracket with the supplied screws.
  • Place the metal bubble on the bottom of the rod holder section into the grooved opening of the L bracket. Secure it into place with a screw at the desired distance from the wall. Tighten the sections together.


Wood Bracket Installation:

  • Remove the bracket holders from the back of the wood hardware.
  • Align the bottom of the center opening in the bracket holder above your pencil marks. Make two more guide marks through the top and bottom openings of the bracket holder. 
  • Attach the bracket holders to both sides of the window with the included screws.
  • Reattach the wood hardware to the brackets by sliding them into place on the wall.


Assemble your rod or valance according to the manufacturer’s instructions and hang or slide your new draperies into place. Depending on your kit, screw anchors may not be included. Order an assorted set along with your drapery accessories. Learning how to install blinds and drapery panels is always easier when you have the required materials up front.

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