Everything A Handyman Should Know About Installing Blinds

Published On: April 18, 20200 Comments on Everything A Handyman Should Know About Installing BlindsTags: Last Updated: February 11, 20242.7 min read

Blinds, like those from Blindstyle, are something almost every house in the country has, they’re one of the best window dressings and are incredibly easy to maintain. So today we’ll be breaking down what you need to know about installing them.

Everything A Handyman Should Know About Installing Blinds

Starting off we’ll be using DotcomBlinds glossary of blinds for blinds terminology for assistance, so any terms you don’t understand, feel free to check it out.

Measuring For Blinds

Measuring for blinds is similar enough for each type of blinds, but there are 2 ways to measure for blinds that we’ll look into. Those are Recess fit and Exact fit. Recess fit is where a window is set back into a wall, often creating a window sill, so the window is set back rather than extruding into the wall, so you’d measure within the recess. Whereas exact fit is installed outside of the recess or when a recess isn’t present, so the blind will be along the wall in the room.

Measuring for recess fit: for the recess fit blind all you need to do is take the measurements of the recess from top to bottom and from side to side. Most blinds retailers will made deductions to the blinds to allow for some give in the blind so it’s not touching the sides/bottom. Measuring for exact fit: for the exact fit blinds, you’ll want to measure outside of the recess across the top of the window and the drop, giving an extra 70mm drop and 50mm width each side to allow the blinds to block out light. Remember on exact fit, no deductions will be made so they’ll come exactly as measured.

Ordering Blinds

For getting the blinds, once you have the measurements you’ll want to get your blinds, we recommend using an online made to measure blinds retailer like DotcomBlinds. This way all you need to do is find the blind you want, punch the measurements in and order them for speedy delivery.

Installing Blinds

Installing blinds is a relatively simple task, in fact when ordering blinds most companies will send along instructions for installation. The installation for exact fit and recess fits are different, there are two ways of attaching your blind’s brackets: either attach them to the wall or window frame (depending on how you measured your blind in the first place).

Face fix for exact fit and top fix for recess fit.

Everything A Handyman Should Know About Installing Blinds - brackets

For face fix simply place the brackets where you’d like to hang your blinds, mark where the screws need to go, drill a hole, insert your wall plugs and then screw the bracket into the wall. For top fix place them in the top of the recess at either side and drill them to the wall.

Once the brackets are attached to the wall and the blind is either outside of the recess or there is no recess present, add on bracket covers by simply sliding them on bracket covers help to give your blind a nice finished look once it’s been installed.

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