How to Install 2-Inch Faux Wood Blinds

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Two-inch faux wood blinds dress up windows at a fraction of the cost of real wood blinds. They also last longer when you properly care for them. If the window frame is deep enough, 2-inch faux wood blinds can be installed inside the window framing. Otherwise, the blinds must be purchased in a wider width and mounted outside the frame. Installing them isn't difficult, requiring just a few tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Hardware supplied with the blinds
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • 2-inch faux wood blinds

Inside Mount

  • Measure the depth of the window casing to determine whether you can mount the blinds inside the casing. Make sure the casing depth is at least 3 inches deep; that provides enough space for the 2-inch slats and installation hardware. Otherwise, you will have to use an outside mount.

  • Measure 2 inches inward at the top of the window casing, from the jamb across the top of the window toward the center. Mark the spot with a pencil. Make a similar measurement on the other side of the window frame. Measure the center between spots and mark that as well.

  • Hold an installation bracket up to one of the marked spots and trace through one of the holes in the bracket. Repeat the process for the other side of the window. If the blind requires one or more center brackets, space them evenly between the end brackets and mark their holes.

  • Use a level to see if the marks line up by drawing a level line through the marks. Redraw a mark if it doesn't intersect with the line.

  • Put the 1/4-inch drill bit in the drill and drill pilot holes where each spot is marked.

  • Place an installation bracket up to one of the holes and insert one of the screws provided with the blinds. Tighten them using a screwdriver. A screwdriver allows more control than using a drill with a screwdriver bit, and helps you avoid over-tightening the screws.

  • Slide the headrail of the 2-inch faux wood blind into the brackets, pushing back until it clicks. If the bracket has a door, close it to secure the blind.

  • Unwind the blind's cord and lower the blinds according to the manufacturer's directions.

Outside Mount

  • Measure 3 inches out from the top left corner of the window trim. Mark this spot with a pencil. Repeat the measurement for the right top corner of the window.

  • Measure 3 inches above your left-side measurement and mark with a pencil, using the level to make sure the marks line up. Repeat the process on the right side of the window. You should have two measurements that are 3 inches out and 3 inches up from the top two corners of the window.

  • Find the center between the two upper markings, and mark with a pencil.

  • Hold a level to these three markings. If they aren't level, draw a line and redraw the markings so they are level.

  • Put the 1/4-inch drill bit in the drill and drill pilot holes where each top side spot is marked. If the drill goes through the drywall but doesn't hit wood, you will have to install drywall anchors (often provided with the blind) according to the manufacturer's directions to mount the brackets securely.

  • Follow Steps 6 to 8 from Section 1 to finish your installation.

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References

  • "Simply the Best Home Decorating Book"; Simplicity Pattern Co.; 1993
  • Photo Credit venetian blind. image by guiney from Fotolia.com
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