How to Change Blinds

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There are basically two ways you can change a blind. The first way is to use the same style of blind and retrofit the mounting brackets from the old blind to the new blind. Obviously, this is the easiest way to replace a blind because it requires no drilling and no patching of old holes. The second way to replace a blind is to replace it with an entirely different blind. This method requires more work because you must get rid of the old brackets, patch the holes and then install the new blind.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Silicone caulk or drywall plaster
  • Latex paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hand drill
  • Drill bit
  • level

Retrofit a New Blind

  • Pull the blind up into its closed position. This means the blind does not obstruct your view through the window.

  • Remove the covers from the mounting brackets and pull the blind's headrail out of the brackets if the blind is a horizontal slatted blind like a venetian blind. Determine if you must remove the headrail cover to access the screws that hold the blind onto the mounting brackets. If so, use a screwdriver to remove the screws and dismount the blind from the brackets.

  • Place the new blind onto the brackets. If a horizontal slatted blind, press the covers onto the clips and lower the blind. If the blind's headrail mounts to the brackets with screws, secure the blind to the screws with a screwdriver and then screw the headrail cover onto the headrail.

Install Different Design

  • Pull the blind up into its closed position. This means the blind does not obstruct your view through the window.

  • Remove the covers from the mounting brackets and pull the blind's headrail out of the brackets if the blind is a horizontal slatted blind like a venetian blind. Determine if you must remove the headrail cover to access the screws that hold the blind onto the mounting brackets. If so, use a screwdriver to remove the screws and dismount the blind from the brackets.

  • Remove the screws that secure the mounting brackets to the window casing with a screwdriver.

  • Fill the holes with a small amount of silicone caulk to seal the holes from moisture. If you want to paint over the holes, use a small amount of drywall plaster. Allow 24 hours for the plaster to dry, and then touch up the plaster with the same paint you used for the window casing or the wall.

  • Place the left mounting bracket for the new blind in the upper left corner of the window casing and secure it to the casing with the supplied screws. Place the right mounting bracket in the upper right corner of the window casing and secure the bracket with the supplied screws. If necessary, drill pilot holes with a hand drill and a drill bit. Place the new blind inside the mounting brackets and secure the headrail with the mounting bracket covers. If you are mounting the blind on the wall above the window, forgo this entire step and move to the next.

  • Center the headrail approximately two inches above the window casing. Place a level on top of the head rail and level the blind. Mark out the mounting bracket locations on the wall. Place the mounting brackets onto the wall and secure them with the supplied screws. Secure the blind to the mounting brackets. In most cases, the headrail will secure to the brackets with screws. Secure the headrail cover onto the headrail.

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