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How to Hang Blinds: 6 Expert Tips

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Blinds are an essential part of any home, protecting our privacy and serving as a stylish backdrop. Nobody ever thinks hanging blinds is tough, but it has its unique challenges!

If you try to rush into this job like Rambo, you could find yourself overwhelmed very fast. We’re here to help prepare you. So, let’s check out some of the most useful tips for hanging blinds below.

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The 6 Tips on How to Hang Blinds

1. Choose the Right Type

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Blinds are essential, but it can be hard to decide what type fits your home. Classic Venetian is always charming, but what about roller shades or pleated shades?

When ordering your blinds, carefully shop around to see what aesthetic designs are on offer. Choosing the right blinds can enhance your entire home, so don’t be afraid to take your time here.

2. Inside or Outside Mount?

This is another major decision you have to make, which will affect the appearance and structure of your blinds. Inside-mounted blinds are close to flush with the entire opening, while outside-mounted blinds will obscure the opening more. During the initial stages, this will affect the measurements you take before ordering your blinds.

3. Get Your Gear Together

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Don’t freak out as soon as you get your blinds just because you’re not ready yet. Check the packaging and note what comes with the package and what else you need to have to install them.

Do you need a screwdriver or drill? Get everything you need to do the entire job, and then you’ll be ready to move on to the next steps and hang your blinds.

4. Get Your Brackets Straight

The biggest thing that slows people down with blinds is the brackets. If you don’t get them perfectly right, they’ll either interfere with the blinds or not attach properly at all.

Check your blinds to see if the packaging comes with a bracket template, which will show you how to align your brackets to create a template. Hold the bracket in the spot—usually an inch from the edges— and make a mark where you’re going to be installing it. Next, use your template to drill pilot holes for every bracket.

5. Install Brackets

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Image Credit: Mike Cox, Unsplash

This step can be done with a screwdriver for softer window frames, but hardwood and metal frames call for a drill. Truthfully, a drill will just make everything easier.

Hold your bracket up to your pilot hole and line the holes up and secure the bracket with the drill and screws. If you need to attach the brackets to a stud, do that at this time. Install the second bracket and make sure they’re straight, and let’s move on.

6. Mount the Blinds

We’re almost done now. Use the provided end caps and rail for the top of your blinds, and then slide or snap your blinds onto the rail. There you have it!

Every set of blinds is different and may have varying challenges, so be sure to read the accompanying documentation thoroughly. Tailor your approach to the type of blinds you have, because there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to window dressings.

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Hanging blinds isn’t necessarily hard but can be a bit tricky. Planning the type of blinds and mount is your first step, and then getting all your tools together. Creating a pilot hole for a template is next, followed by installing your brackets. Most plastic blinds, at this point, pop on the top, but your blinds might vary. Read their packaging closely to be sure that you’re installing them correctly!

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