How to Install Your Blinds
Drill and Drill Bits, Level, Steel Tape Measure, 1/4" wrench or
nut driver, regular head screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver,
Quick Tip: If you have
several blinds to install, using two drills can save you time.
Fit one with a drill bit and fit the other with a screwdriver
bit and you won't have to repeatedly switch drill bits.
Make sure you know what kind of surface you're mounting your blinds
on. Wood screws are standard in blind installation packets. For
other surfaces, you'll need to purchase special screws, fasteners,
- Gather the tools listed
above and remove your old blinds. Make sure that any window
treatments are also safely out of the way.
- Hold your new blinds
up to your window and make sure they fit either inside or outside
- Also double-check your
manufacturer's instructions to make sure that all of the mounting
hardware you need is included. Most blinds and shades will include
mounting brackets, screws, and faceplates. Some will include
valances or hold-down brackets. Make sure your manufacturer's
instructions are nearby. You'll need to consult them.
Mounting Inside the Window Frame
- If you're installing
on a metal surface, you'll want to predrill holes and use special
- If you're installing
on concrete, stone, brick, or tile, use a carbide drill and
purchase appropriate plugs, anchors, or screws.
- To install your blinds
in wallboard and plaster, predrill holes large enough for suitable
anchors or plugs, and follow the installation guidelines for
Outside the Window Frame
- Mount the brackets
in the appropriate place on the jambs, making sure they will
be placed to accommodate the headrail.
- Make sure the headrail
is level. Shim if necessary.
Optional Extension Brackets
- Hold the blind at the
desired height and pencil-mark the window frame (or wall) lightly
at each end horizontally across the bottom of the headrail.
- Center the blind on
the window opening, line up bottom of headrail with marks and
then put a vertical mark at each end of the headrail.
- The installation brackets
should be positioned correctly. Consult the instructions included
with your blinds.
If you ordered extension brackets (so that the blind will clear
any obstruction, such as a window crank), they must be installed
first, using the same positioning marks.
- Mount the extension
brackets sideways (to prevent flexing) using two diagonally
- Attach the hinged-cover
brackets to the extension brackets using nuts and bolts.
Every brand of blind has slightly different brackets. Consult your
manufacturer's instructions to learn how to install yours.
If your blind is wider than 60 inches, it's likely that support
brackets were included. Consult your manufacturer's instructions
to learn how to install them.
After all the necessary brackets have been installed, the blind
headrail can now be installed.
Wand Tilter (if your blinds have an attached tilter, or a cord
tilter, go to the next step)
- Open the hinged-cover
end brackets. (If this is the kind of bracket included with
- Check the headrail
to see that all cords and tape ladders operate freely. Untangle
- If installing a valance,
snap the clips onto the headrail.
- Slip the headrail into
the support brackets (and end brackets, if applicable) with
a rolling motion and push into place.
- If using end brackets,
check to see that the headrail is centered and snug fitting
into the brackets. If it isn't, remove the headrail and expand
the end tabs on the headrail with a screwdriver.
- If your brackets have
hinged covers, close them. Make sure the locking tabs snap securely
the Valance (If your blind didn't come with a valance, or if
it has a built-in valance, proceed to the next step.)
- Your blind may be supplied
with one of two types of wand tilters. Yours has either:
- Two plastic prongs
- A metal hook inside
a plastic sleeve
- If your tilter has
the plastic prongs, snap the prongs in the small hole at the
end of the protruding metal shaft on the headrail.
- If your tilter has
a metal hook, remove the plastic sleeve from the wand and slip
it over the protruding metal shaft. Insert the hook through
the hole in the metal shaft until the wand "rests" in the bend
of the hook, and then slide the plastic sleeve back down on
the edge of the wand.
- Test the tilter. Rotate
the wand to open and close the slats--approximately 6 revolutions
will completely tilt the slats in either direction.
- Make sure you've clipped
the valance clips to the headrail before installing the headrail.
- With the headrail in
place, prepare the valance slats for installation as stated
in your manufacturer's instructions.
- With some horizontal
blinds, hold down brackets are provided to prevent the bottom
rail from swaying. The blind however, must remain lowered in
a stationary position.
- With the blind installed,
lower the bottom rail to the desired position. Push the pin
of each hold down bracket into the center of each end at the
- Through the holes on
the hold down brackets, mark where the brackets are to be mounted.
- Drill pilot holes and
secure the brackets with screws.
To Operate your Blind
- An automatic locking
device will engage when the cords hang vertically down.
- When raising and lowering
your blind, make sure that your slats are in the horizontal
- To raise and lower
the blind, pull the cords toward the middle and down slightly
to release the lock.
- When at the desired
height, return the cord to the vertical position to reengage
the locking device.