How to Install Blinds or Shades
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Installing window treatments for your home should be an easy do-it-yourself project. Let us help by showing you the proper installation steps for each type of window treatment.
We have helpful guides and videos that are easy-to-use, fast and informative. Simply choose the type of window treatment you desire, like blinds, shades or drapes. Then match your product with that specific installation guide. Depending on your chosen product, there will be variations in each installation process. You can also visit our Blinds and Shades Installation page for additional information.
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. Can't find what you're looking for or want some help? Call us at (800) 466-3337.
Here are videos that show you an installation for an inside mount or an outside mount for each type of blind or shade. For drapes, you have six videos to choose from, based on the following types of drapes: grommet, pinch-pleat, contempo-pleat, Tuscany, inverted-pleat and rod pocket.
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.
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.
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.
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.