Measuring and Installation
Many blinds are pre-manufactured to fit typical-size windows. Popular sizes in most styles can be purchased for standard-size windows. Blinds are measured to fit the inside or outside of the window and use the width and length as the size. This applies to typical styles, except vertical blinds, which may need to be custom made in most cases. Also, there are times when horizontal blinds may need to be custom made.
Before shopping for blinds, decide if the blinds will be installed inside or outside the window. In the case of multiple windows, it should not be assumed that each window is the exact size as another. To safely size the windows, measure, measure, measure. Many people measure windows, forgetting about the length of the window and end up with blinds that are either too short or too long. Be sure and measure both width and length.
It is imperative that the window is precisely measured, particularly if the blinds will be non-refundable and/or custom made. Proper sizing of the blinds will add to the beauty of the room and window. It is best to use a metal tape measure. The window should be measured a few times to ensure that the measurement is correct.
How to Measure a Window for Blinds
Three things are needed to properly measure a window for blinds. They are:
- tape measurer
It is not a good idea to shop for blinds with memorized measurements. Instead, write them down. It is easy for the measurements to get mixed up, especially when getting blinds for more than one window. Using a pencil and pad to write down measurements will possibly save a lot of headaches.
Three measurements should be recorded when measuring the window. The top width, bottom width and length of each side of the window should be written down. Odd shaped windows should be measured in the same manner. Allow for extra measurements when the blinds will be hung outside of the window.
When satisfaction is reached as to the size of the window(s), shopping for the wonderful blinds can begin. All available options should be observed. Sometimes, other ideas about the intended style may produce another style that would better fit the décor of the room. So, it is best to keep options open when shopping for blinds.
Installation of Blinds
To benefit from blind-buying tips, proper installation is necessary. Installation will vary according to the type of blinds and whether they are being installed inside or outside the window. Some consideration should be given to the material on which the blinds will be installed. Considering the material can help to avoid the pitfall of it not being able to support the weight of the blinds. Using nails for the brackets should be avoided. Nails may give way from the weight of the blinds and begin to slip out. The brackets will lose their grip and cause the blinds to fall.
Use the brackets and screws that come with the blinds. Sight, and, if necessary, mark where the brackets will be installed. Open and screw in the brackets with a screw driver. Alternatively, a drill with a quarter-inch hex bit may be used to screw in the brackets. Don’t forget to install the center bracket and remove the cord from inside the blinds. Place the valance brackets onto the blinds before putting them into the mounts, and place the blinds into the brackets. Snap the brackets closed, and position the valances in their brackets. Ensure that the blinds operate correctly.