• Window Blind Installation

    You can install your own window blinds without too much effort. The blinds should come with mounting brackets, screws, faceplates, and whatever other materials you'll need to hang the blinds securely. Check the list that comes with the blinds to make sure all supplies are included in the numbers that they claim. You don't want to get the blinds half hung and then find out you're missing a screw.

    However, be aware that the screws provided will probably be wood screws. If you're installing into drywall, metal, concrete, brick, tile, or stone, you'll need special screws. These are included in the list of supplies below:

    • Screwdrivers - One regular, one Philips head
    • 1.25 inch wrench
    • Drill
    • Level
    • Pencil
    • Tape measure
    • For drywall - drywall anchors or plugs
    • For metal - metal screws
    • For concrete, brick, tile, or stone - appropriate anchors or plugs

    Now you're ready to install the blinds. What you do next depends on whether the blinds are mounted inside the window frame or outside.

    For inside mounted blinds, you want to install the mounting brackets on each side as close to the top as you can:

    1. Make sure there's enough room for the head rail. You don't want to mount the brackets too high.
    2. Mark the place where the screws will go with a pencil.
    3. Drill the holes and install the brackets.
    4. Attach the blinds to the brackets

    For outside mounted blinds, you want to make sure that they will be installed level and centered over the window:

    1. Measure the blinds and the window frame to find out how much longer the blinds are.
    2. Take half that measurement and place the first mounting bracket so that the blinds will stick out that far past the edge of the window. (Often, you can just eyeball this.)
    3. Mark the holes in the mounting bracket with a pencil and drill them.
    4. Measure the distance to where the other mounting bracket goes, making sure that it will be level with the first one and repeat the procedure.
    5. Drill the holes and install the brackets.
    6. Attach the blinds to the brackets.

    The blinds may also have a valance and a wand or cord tilter to attach. They should come with instructions for that procedure.