How to Install Window Roller Shades

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Install Window Roller Shades
Install Window Roller Shades

Have you ever had trouble keeping a room cool during the summer months? Maybe you are having trouble seeing the television set during certain parts of the day? Or maybe, you just might be one of those who happens to have a very social neighbor, who just seems to have their curiosity caps on. Well, this article will help you eliminate some of these problems. You will learn how to install a roller shade and choose the right one that will best fit your needs.

First you must determine if you want to mount your roller shade on the inside of the window (jamb to jamb) or on the outside (bracket to bracket). If you are doing an inside mount, you will need to determine the width and length size of the roller shade that you will need to purchase. By doing that you measure the inside of your window in three places; top, middle and bottom. You take the smallest width to determine the width of your shade. You need to choose the smallest width so your shade can operate smoothly as you raise and lower it. You will need to measure the length of your window from the longest part of the window, to determine the length of your shade. If you are doing an outside mount, which is the easiest of the two mounting options. You will need to determine where you want your roller shade to begin at the top of your window and far beyond the window you want it to come from the sides. Many folks are looking to put up shades to keep the sun from coming in and often want to cover what is called the "light strike," where depending what part of the day it is the sun's rays will seep through the sides of the shade.

Once you determine how you want to mount your window shade and have purchased the shade. You will need to mount your shade by installing the window brackets that usually comes with the shade. Based on the mounting of your choice, will determine where you place your brackets.

For an inside mount; the roller shade, when mounted should not make contact with the top of the window frame, or any other obstruction when raised and lowered. Before installing the brackets, you will need to position the mount brackets inside the window frame. The brackets need to be aligned and level with one another. When the shade is installed it should move freely between the brackets.

For an outside mount; the roller shade, when mounted should not make contact with the top of the window frame, or any other obstruction when raised and lowered. Before installing the brackets, position the mount brackets outside the window frame, clearing all obstructions. The brackets need to be aligned and level with one another. When the shade is installed it should move freely between the brackets, be sure to allow 1/8" of additional space between the brackets, so the mechanism will rotate freely.

There is also a third possible way to mount your shade and this is called a "ceiling mount." This is another form of "outside mounting." The roller shade, when mounted should not make contact with the top of the ceiling or any other obstruction when raised and lowered. When installing the brackets, make sure you position the mount brackets on the ceiling. Make sure the brackets are aligned and level with one another. When the shade is installed correctly, it should move freely between the brackets. You need to be sure to allow 1/8" of additional space, between the brackets so the mechanism will rotate freely.

There are two types of roller shades. One is called a "spring roller" and the other is called a "continuous loop." When mounting with a spring roller; place the shade into the brackets. then insert the round end pin into circle hole. The proceed with the same steps and insert the other end of the shade into the slot on the other bracket. If you are doing a continuous loop shade; after mounting the brackets, press the plastic inserts into the brackets. Then place the shade in the plastic insert/bracket. Place the round pin of the roller into the plastic insert/ bracket.

Next you will need to test the shade to make sure it is aligned properly and working functionally. For a spring roller shade, you will need to lower the shade 16" from the top to tighten spring. Then lift the shade off the bracket and roll it back up. Place the shade back in the brackets and check whether the spring is tight enough. Note: too much tension may damage the roller, so don't over do it. If you installed a continuous loop shade; you can remove the clutch cover to adjust the position of the chain stop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most roller shades that you purchase comes with instructions. However, if you are re-installing shades that you have used elsewhere, you may need to adjust the shade by going to your local hardware store to have them cut the shade down to the appropriate size needed. Unless you know someone or have experience with cutting shades down yourself...it is recommended that you have a professional do it so you can avoid any headaches by not having the shade operate properly or damaging it and then it ends up in the trash can.
  • Make sure if there are children who live in the home or will be frequenting the home or place of business...that child safety latches are installed with the blinds. You can ask your local blind or hardware to store to pick some up.

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