If you’re looking for a way to dress up your windows without any of the fuss, then wooden blinds are the perfect solution. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles that will match any decor. They provide an excellent level of insulation and offer optimum protection from light and sound. This article will help walk you through all the necessary steps to install blinds like a top-notch professional.
Wooden blinds offer a more natural and organic look for window decoration. The smooth, sleek appearance of wood is visually appealing in any room design, from modern living spaces to rustic country homes.
Let Us Go Through The Steps Of Fitting The Blinds
- Ensure that you have all the pieces for your blinds. Make sure to analyze what types of brackets are needed, in addition to how many and where they will be placed on the window frame. It’s also important to note which type of wood is being used because it can affect the blinds’ installation time and durability.
- Install the side mounting brackets. It’s best to position the brackets in a way that will allow for long-term stability while also minimizing damage to your window frame. Blinds can be mounted inside or outside the window or on the ceiling above the window. Measure the blinds to make sure they are long enough to cover the window and add at least one or two inches on all sides.
- Ensure you have the correct measurements before you drill the mounting brackets into your window frame. Determine if you should use anchors to secure the mounting brackets. The type of wall that you have will determine the type of anchors to use. For plaster and drywall, use drywall anchors. For concrete or brick walls, the best to use is masonry anchors.
- If your window frame has enough weight, it will be possible for one bracket along the top and bottom of the frame to hold a blind securely in place. However, if there isn’t enough weight on those two points or they are located too far away from the center of the window, you will need to use additional brackets.
- Attach your hold-down bracket and position it so that it is in line with the mounting points on either side of the blinds and attach using screws or bolts. This holding bracket should be mounted securely against a wall stud for maximum security. You can mount your cleat on the wall, so it has to support one end of an extended cord and help hold it up and out of sight. You want to place this at least three feet away from where you want the cord to come down.
- Attach your valence, which is usually a thin fabric that looks like it’s rolling down from one side of the blinds. It should be positioned just below where the headrail meets with brackets on either side to cover those hardware pieces so they’re not visible when you open the blinds.
- Attach your wand to the headrail, and then attach your slats to the wand to make sure you have a bracket for your window. The wand, a long pole, will help you lift and lower the slats of the blind vertically or horizontally as necessary. For vertical blinds, attach each slat and measure as you attach them to make sure they are even with one another at both ends. For horizontal blinds, measure how wide each slat needs to match the width of your window and cut them accordingly.
- Carefully open and close the blinds, and if it does not open and close correctly, you may need to adjust or tighten the slats until you are satisfied that they are perfectly working.
Caring For The Blinds
Wooden blinds need proper care for them to retain the new and beautiful look for longer. Applying a protective coat of varnish, medium-duty furniture polish, or polyurethane on the blinds will go a long way in protecting and preserving their original appearance.
Regular dusting with a dry cloth or feather duster helps to remove surface dirt from the wood. Vacuuming as well as brushing off cobwebs, helps prevent damage caused by insects such as moths. In case of spillage, wiping with mild soapy and water should do the trick.
Gently open and close the blinds. Yanking or pulling the cords up and down will cause damage to the blinds. Ensure that any broken slat is replaced to ensure that the blind will work properly and serve you longer.