Vertical blinds are ideal for larger windows and patio doors. You can adjust them to let light in or keep things completely private. They are available in every color of the rainbow, plastic or fabric, and can compliment any room. Hanging them is a simple task that should not take more than an hour of your time, and you will be ready to enjoy your new vertical blinds.
As with the installation of any new project, take a few moments to read the installation directions that are included with your vertical blinds. This can help you avoid mistakes and get the blinds installed properly the first time.
- Tap Measure
- Stud finder
- Drill and bits
Decide on Placement
Before you can begin, you must decide exactly where you want the blinds. The center of the blinds should be centered over the window or door. Use the tape measure to mark this center point on the wall. You should also measure off and mark the center of the headrail.
Mark the Level Line
You want your blinds to be level. Use the level to draw a level line above the door. This line should coincide with where you want the top of your blinds. Even if your window or ceiling is not perfectly level, the blinds should still be level.
Use Studs, Not Anchors
Anchors are great, but they can rip out of the wall and if you ever change your mind will require more work to patch. Take the time to use a stud finder and mark off where the studs are in your wall. Anchors should only be used if you can not find studs in a suitable spot for your brackets. Taking the time to find and use the studs will give you a solid and safe installation.
Mark off, Prepare and Install Brackets
Hold the brackets at your stud markings, with the top of the bracket level with your line. Use a pencil to mark the holes for the screws. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screws, pre-drill your holes. This will prevent the stud from becoming damaged and make final installation easier. You are now ready to attach the brackets.
Install the Headrail
The headrail should be placed firmly in the brackets, following the manufacturer’s directions. Be sure that it snaps firmly in place and that the headrail does not move or shift.
Clip in the Valance and Vanes
The valance hides the toprail and attaches using plastic clips. The vanes will have a hole drilled at one end which will slip into clips in the bottom of the headrail. Be sure that the vanes are facing the same direction, especially if there is a pattern or if the vanes are actually concave shaped.
Attach the Pull Cord
Some vertical blinds also have pull cords on one end. If this is the case, attach the cord mount at the bottom of the wall. Again, if possible, use the stud and not an anchor. Your installation will last longer and you will be much happier with the finished look.