As a seasoned handy person, one of the jobs I like the least is hanging blinds and curtain rails. It really isn’t all that difficult, but it often turns out to be fiddly and awkward. However you can save a bunch of money by installing yourself rather than calling out a professional, and the end result is always pleasing, and you can take pride in having taken care of it yourself.
If you are looking for more privacy, or to help stop draughts or make a room darker, blinds are a good way to go. However, as well as being practical, they can also be a great feature of design, adding patterns and colours to your room. There are also hundreds of styles of curtain tracks and poles that you can choose from too, which will suit your particular style of decor. A good tip if you are buying curtains that are ready made, is to select your curtains first, because the pole of track that you need may be determined by the type of curtain you buy.
There are many sizes and styles of roller blinds to choose from. One of the first things you need to decide is whether you would like the blind to fit inside the window reveal or on the wall above the window. If you decide to install your blind inside the recess, you need to remember to leave a little space each side so that the blind can operate easily. Check the manufacturers instructions to see their recommendations for installation.
* Remember to check any walls that you are drilling for recessed electric cables and plumbing using a detector. Look where your electric outlets are situated, and never drill above or below those. Always fit a cord safety device to blind cords, as they are a strangle hazard to young children. Be sure never to place furniture of beds or anything that a child could climb onto that would enable them to reach a blind cord.
1. Get measuring – and don’t forget to leave a space at either end of the blind so that it can operate fully, the details will be in the instructions.
Remember too to check for pipework and cabling in the wall. Use a spirit level and mark the positions of the brackets in each corner, keeping them level.
2. Roll the blind out on a work surface to expose the cardboard tube at the top and mark the width on the tube. Be sure to protect the surface underneath the cutting area, and cut the tube at the mark using a hacksaw.
3. Mark the same width on the reverse side of the blind using a pencil. Draw a line at this length onto the blind, and then cut the blind using scissors.
4. Now push the control side of the mechanism into one side of the tube, and the pin side into the other. Tap these with a piece of wood or small hammer to knock them home.
5. Now place the control side bracket onto the window frame, use a bradawl to make small holes, then drill into the frame. Now attach the brackets using the supplied screws. If you are fitting brackets to a plastic window frame, you made need to use self tapping screws for a more secure installation. If you are drilling into a wall and you find that drilling your new hole cracks or causes an area of plaster to come away, don’t panic, just fill later with filler or a plaster mix, then re-paint for a good as new finish.
6. Slip the blinds into the brackets and then check it for a nice free operation. Installing blinds will make your home look more comfortable and stylish, and also help to keep out the cold and reduce your fuel bills.
So there you have it, not too difficult, and something you can look at and enjoy every day.