Covering large windows or patio without having enough space is a great scenario to install blinds that fall vertically.
These are opposed to horizontal blinds where they act against gravity for long and tall windowsFor other spaces, vertical blinds are the perfect choice because they require much fewer blinds, thicker in size, and can be of any arbitrary lengthSuch is not the case for horizontal blindsAlso, using vertical blinds makes it a lot more convenient for opening and closing them.
How to Install Vertical Blinds Valance?
Installing a valance over the vertical blinds is an excellent idea after all. It is a great way to cover up the mechanism and it also adds a bit of fancy style to the windows. Of course, these are just blinds, and they don’t offer any kind of sturdy protection to the windows. Second, with enough ‘L’ brackets, it also gives proper support to the valance after the blinds are attached to them.
- Here is a great video that talks about the steps in measuring and installing vertical blind valance clips. It is a short video and gives a brief intro on what to expect and how to do it properly.
- When purchasing vertical blinds online, you also must purchase the set of valance clips that go with it. Else, you will have to measure them later and look for the right specifications that came with the vertical blinds.
- After a proper inspection, carefully choose the right shape and size of the clips. One great thing about these clips is that you can remember, remove, and install these valance clips one by one while the blind is still mounted.
- Some are head mount clips that slide onto the top of the headrail, and then slides into the channel on the clip. In order to remove it, just lift up on the back of the clip, and it is off the headrail.
What is a Valance Clip?
- In case the valance attaches to the front of the valance clip, this is similar in idea but has a right angle ‘L’ shape. The top part attaches to the headrail in a similar manner to the above, but the valance attaches to its front portion.
- Finally, the third kind twists into the channel in front of the headrail. These are the third and smallest type of valance clips. In this case, the valance slides onto the slot in these clips.
How to Install Vertical Blinds Inside Windows?
Installing vertical blinds inside windows, using inside-mount kits, is a super easy DIY project that can take a matter of minutes or an hour to complete. All you will need is a pair of screwdrivers or a drill with a 1/4” hex head bit. The decorative cover which is the valance is not available with all products, so if there is one with your purchase, check the manual and follow the above instructions. One other benefit of using a valance is to keep the dust away from the mechanism.
- Installing these vertical blinds inside windows is as easy as doing the same outside. First, you should carefully unpack your items and read the instruction manual. With the help of a screwdriver or so, maybe a drill to make holes, you should be good to go.
- First, you should unpack the brackets and measure the headrail. Divide it into the equal spaces and mark the locations for drilling holes into the same. Try to use as many as possible to keep the headrail fix on the wall.
- You can make some starter holes and then use the screws to fasten them up and secure them on the window frame. If you have a wooden frame, it gets far easier. You must do this for each bracket and fix the headrail firmly.
- You do this for the valance, and then snap the headrail onto the brackets. This is more convenient than doing it on the table and then attaching the whole thing on the window frame.
Install the Headrail
- To install the headrail, gently twist the same, and it will fix itself properly. Now, the portion of the vertical blind that rotates is the vanes, and to make it easy to open and close, you must space them equally. Then, when you pull the string, it opens up nicely.
- Pulling the chain will move the blinds on the chord and check that the clamps face you towards inside of the windows. Then, slide each vane on top of the clamp inside the headrail. Then, your job is done.
How to Install Vertical Blinds on Ceiling?
Not all windows have a wooden frame or space to hang the blinds. In such cases, blinds and shades can be mounted to the ceiling as long as there is adequate support from the same. The best way is always to install blinds in the ceiling to make sure that they are near rafter beams, and studs or joists. Also, shade brackets have holes at the top making it much easier to mount them on the ceiling. Just take a table or ladder, and mount the headrail to the ceiling right in front of the window.
- In this short video, you will see that blinds have ceiling mount parts in their packaging as well. This makes them very flexible for any kind of installation.
- You can mount the clips right to the ceiling and then the headrail clips to it, and the vanes drop down from it below. Or else, you can use ‘L’ frames to mount it on the wall right above the window’s opening and the headrail will attach itself to the brackets, and the vanes will drop-down.
- The ceiling is a nice area to attach blinds because it does not interfere with the design and beauty of the windows. It does not damage any of its parts, which is great news. You can simply remove the whole setup and install it elsewhere without damaging the window itself.
- With just a screwdriver, you can use the power drill to fix the supplied screws into the drywall. If it falls loose, then use a little plastic washer or adhesive to keep the screws in position, locked, and loaded.
Is it Easy to Install Vertical Blinds?
Installing vertical blinds is very easy indeed. If you have installed blinds and shaded before, you know that all you require is a power drill and a few screws. In many cases, you can use a string to hang the fabric. With blinds, the whole setup is already available with the purchase, including a valance, brackets, vanes, and the headrail. You have to snap them on to assemble it. With a few brackets, you have to fix the setup to the wall, ceiling, or mount it anywhere you find it suitable.
Here is a great example of this look and feel, especially in a house built to match the aesthetics.
- Installing vertical blinds is as easy as a piece of cake. Most products include these brackets. A power drill may not be necessary if you have a hammer.
- You can use it to make a starter hole in the bracket and fix it to the wall, and then use the screwdriver to drive the screws deep into the mounting point.
- Ensure that the setup is completely secured, and then you are good to go. Depending on the length of the vanes, the height of the windows, you should use as many brackets as possible so that it can support the whole weight.
- Also, ensure that the mounting point is stable and sturdy enough to bear the weight. If it is not the case, using any number of brackets will not be sufficient enough.
How do You Measure and Install Vertical Blinds?
Measurements are the key to installing your vertical blinds, especially if you are doing it in a DIY fashion. With professionals, you don’t have to keep an eye on them, but if you want to pull it off on your own, a little care never hurts anybody.
- First, measure the depth of the window frame and do it from the front of the glass. It should tell you if you have enough space to mount the blinds. Else, look for the ceiling close to the wall.
- Then, measure the width of the window and see how wide it opens up. This can be useful if the size is not fixed.
- Then, measure the height of the window and see the opening in three places, left, right, and center. In that order, make your observations and write them down before you order the blinds. Order at the exact size without deductions.
- In this video, you can see how the measurement worksheet helps make the proper purchase. It is different from inside and outside mounts, and these matters too.
- When installing an inside mount, you need to measure in 6 places, 3 across the window, and three from top to bottom. It is necessary to make repeats because the window may not be exactly rectangular.
- Using an inside mount keeps the mechanism inside and takes up space. If you want a clean setup from inside, mount it outside that also conceals the frame of the window giving it a great appearance.
- Use a steel measuring tape because it is important for making the measurements. Also, round up to 1/8” of the measurements, and take the higher side.