How to Install Vertical Blinds Properly

Vertical blinds are necessary items used in office buildings and private homes as well. Vertical blinds offer home owners privacy from the outside, while is still a better option for light. Also, the vertical blinds are perfect in blocking the harmful UV light from affecting the homeowners.

If you are reading this, you want to learn “How to Install Vertical Blinds“. A lot of us shy away from choosing vertical blinds, we hate the complicated and time-consuming installation process. But don’t worry, today Vinhomes will help you.

What you need to install vertical blinds

If you prefer to do the install on your own, this handy tip sheet will walk you through the steps you need to take to properly hang your new blinds.

You need to prepare before installing vertical blinds:

  • Pencil;
  • Tape measure;
  • Electric drill + bits;
  • Screwdriver;
  • Screws;
  • Blinds;
  • A helper;
  • Ladders / stepladders.

Before you proceed to install vertical blinds:

Regardless of which type of vertical blinds you would like, inside or outside mount, the first thing you should do is measure the window so that you know the size of blinds you need to buy.

To ensure that the blinds fit correctly, you must first measure from below the window at the point where you would like the blinds to hang. From that point, measure the height to the place where the head rail will be installed.

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How to install vertical blinds – Outside Mount

To use an outside mount you will want to hang the blinds leaving approximately four to six inches of space around the window. Otherwise, light will filter in and the blinds will not offer complete privacy and coverage.

  1. Open the blinds’ packaging, read the instructions, and make sure you have all of the necessary components.
  2. Locate where the head rail will be installed, choose a place at the bottom of the window, preferably the center, and measure from where you want the blinds to stop to the top of the window and mark it with your pencil.
  3. Position the head rail directly on top of the pencil mark and have your helper hold it in place.
  4. Measure 4 inches from the edge of the window and make a pencil mark above the head rail, repeat on the other side.
  5. Remove the head rail and attach the brackets to the wall, for extra stability pre-drill the holes and insert wall anchors for the screws.
  6. Attach the head rail.
  7. Attach the vanes.
  8. Install the valance if your blinds came with one.

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How to install vertical blinds – Inside Mount

Inside mount blinds are attached to the inside of the window frame. You want a window depth of at least 2.5 inches in order for the blind mount to fit, and this measurement is taken of the depth of the window frame.

When taking measurements for inside mounts, take three on the inside of the window: one at the top, one at the middle, and one at the bottom. Then use the shortest width measurement for installation purposes.

  • Open the blinds’ packaging, read the instructions, and make sure you have all of the necessary components.
  • Lay the valance on a flat surface and place the brackets on it 7.6cm (3 inches) from each end.
  • Using a pencil, mark the screw holes for each bracket.
  • Drill the screw holes, if possible use a drill bit which is smaller than the screws.
  • Mark the position of the brackets with your pencil on the window frame. The brackets should be 7.6cm (3 inches) away from the outside edge and 2,5cm (1 inch) away from the glass.
  • Hold the bracket in position, place a screw in the hole and tap it with a hammer. Repeat this until you have marked the positions of all four screws.
  • Have your helper hold the valance in place, make sure that the pre-drilled holes match up with the pre-marked areas.
  • Attach the first bracket and repeat for the second.
  • Attach the headrail, the majority of blinds have a headrail which simply snaps into place. Refer to the product instructions for the correct installation procedure.
  • Attach the vanes. If you are unsure on how to do this there will be a separate section below explaining the process.