How to Install Roller Blinds

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Whether in vintage or modern homes, roller blades have been making a comeback as a popular window covering. Their sleek lines provide privacy without bulky weight and do not obstruct the view when rolled up. When fully extended, roller blinds block more light than mini-blinds, making them ideal for media rooms. However, due to the notion that they require professional installation, some homeowners are hesitant to buy roller blinds. Using the right tools, roller blinds can be installed without undue effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter's level
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Sheet metal screws or hollow wall anchors (optional)
  • Hammer (optional for hollow wall anchors)
  • Clamps or clothes pins (optional)
  • Determine what the surface is where the roller blinds are going to be installed. The screws that come with the roller blinds are generally made for solid wood surfaces. Use sheet metal screws if the blinds are going to be installed on metal or use hollow wall anchors if you are installing the blinds on wallboard or plaster.

  • Extend the roller blind completely and hold it up to the inside of the window. Make sure that no part of the blind comes in contact with the top of the window frame or with anything that might obstruct the blind from being lowered or raised. Once the proper location is determined, draw a line on one side under where the bracket will be placed; then measure and mark the other side. Use a carpenter's level to make sure that both pencil marks are level.

  • Place one of the brackets-curved side towards the front-on the window frame, aligning it with the pencil line. Slide the bracket until the front of the bracket is about 1/8 to ½-inch from the front of the window frame. Use a pencil to mark dots for the location for the screws. Repeat marking the holes on the other side of the window frame. Use a carpenter's level to make sure that all the holes are even.

  • Drill pilot holes on each of the pencil dots. The size of the pilot hole will depend upon whether wood screws, metal screws, or hollow wall screws are being used. Hollow wall screws will require a larger hole and will need to be hammered into the window frame. Follow the instructions on the package of hollow wall screws.

  • Hold the bracket on the window frame and insert a screw through one of the holes. Tighten it securely. Continue inserting and tightening all the screws on both sides of the window.

  • Place the plastic inserts that come with the roller blinds into the brackets. Place the blind into the plastic insert/bracket. Slide the round pin of the roller into the plastic insert/bracket.

  • Extend the roller blind completely to insure that it rolls easily. To prevent accidents with the cord, secure the cord by using a clamp or a clothes pin. You could also tie the cord to itself, raising it out of the reach of children or pets.

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