How to Install Blinds – Vertical – Shades
General Basic Installation Instructions:
Tools needed:a battery operated screwdriver, screwdriver bits (Phillips and standard), hex head driver, tape measure, and scissors.Although no special tools are usually required when installing window treatments it is suggested that you use a battery operated screwdriver or drill to make the job easier. First, un-package your treatment carefully and do NOT use a razor blade or knife to open the boxes. It is very easy to cut a string or the blind by doing this.
Take care when removing the treatment from the box that it was shipped in; some treatments are more delicate than others. Remove all of the packing that was used in shipping, again taking care to do so. Place the treatment at the window that it will be installed; this helps if there are several treatments for different windows as not to get them mixed up.
Then place all mounting hardware at the windows that are having treatments installed on them. Make sure you have the proper tools for the job, as screws and hardware will vary.
Horizontals: For inside mount: Install brackets making sure you use the proper bracket for the proper side (some have left and right brackets, and some do not). After the bracket is installed, open the brackets by lifting the bracket doors. Put blind in the brackets and close doors, making sure both sides are securely closed. If blind has a valance place valance clips on head rail before putting blind in brackets. Attach valance to blind headrail.
Lower blind using the lift cord, and then rotate the blind in both directions to insure that it operates correctly. For outside mount: If you are installing the blind over a French door, you must add the proper amount for the size you want.
Shades: Install shade brackets. Snap shade into place. (Because shades and brackets vary, refer to installation instructions that came with your shades). Lower the shade by pulling on the shade lift cord. This is usually done by pulling the shade lift cord to the left to release it, and to the right to lock it.
Verticals: For inside mount verticals mount the valance first. (Some valances may require trimming first). Mount brackets under valance in the proper position to allow slats to move without interfering with valance. Snap track into place. Hang the slats and make sure they all snap securely in place. Attach cord tension pulley to the wall and adjust tension so that it is secure but not tight.
For outside mount verticals:
Measure to the spot you measured for the bracket to be, and make a mark. Using the top screw hole of the bracket, fasten a screw in the top hole where you made your mark. Place another screw in bottom hole. Center track over window and snap it into place, making sure that it is properly secure. Attach slats, making sure that each one is properly attached. Snap the valance brackets onto head rail if they do not have them built into the brackets.
Center valance over the vertical track and place into valance holder. (Some valances may require a slight tap with the butt of your palm to secure). Mount the tension pulley to the wall and adjust the tension so it is secure but not tight. Draw blinds back and forth, and rotate them to assure that they are functioning properly.
If you have not installed shutters before, we recommend that you hire a professional for this. Shutters can be very complicated and should not be attempted by a novice.
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General Overview For Basic Measuring:
Measuring your windows for Blinds, Shades or Interior Shutters is easy. Let’s start with a few general rules that apply to all of the window treatments we sell. Remember, it’s best to measure TWICE and order ONCE.
Rule 1. Always use a steel tape measure. Never try to measure your windows with a cloth tape.
Rule 2. Measure down to the nearest eighth of an inch and do not round your measurements. Meaning don’t measure 35 3/8″ and call it 36″.
Rule 3. When writing down your measurements be sure to indicate which measurement is the width and which is the height and ALWAYS note the width first, then the height. A common mistake customers make is transposing the numbers. Be sure not to get them backwards. Since these are custom made products it’s generally very hard to have a size modified and can get costly to have them remade.
Measuring Example: your window is 36 3/8″ wide by 60 1/4″ high (tall). Your written measurements would look something like this… 36 3/8″ x 60 1/4″
Rule 4. Inside Mount Only – Do NOT take any deductions . Our factory takes those allowances. You need to provide us with your EXACT WINDOW SIZE OPENING, do not use the size of an existing blind in that window.
Rule 5. Outside Mount Only – You need to provide the exact overall blind size needed (by adding the necessary coverage to the width and height of opening). Our factory makes most outside mount blinds the exact width and height you specify.
NOTE: The height includes the OVERALL blind which includes the headrail, etc. One of the few exceptions are roller shades which the width is generally made as a tip-to-tip size. Meaning the fabric width is generally smaller than the width of the roller tube and bracket tabs.