Putting that crafty hands at work…
Installing Roman blinds is something you can do yourself, using nothing more that your hands, a few useful tips and someone to keep you company. When you purchased your window blinds you’ve probably encountered with not so simple installation guide which came with your Roman blinds and made you doubt yourself and your skills.
Well, in spite of all the pictures and complicated words, know that it really is not that hard and you can do it yourself. The hardest part is probably making some decisions on whether you want your blinds installed on the inside or the outside of the window frame which will determine the mounting process. What comes after can be performed with the help of this Roman blinds installation guide.
The ones that already purchased a Roman blind probably already know what follows, but for those still deciding on which window treatment to choose, there are a few things to know about Roman blinds. They are basically a piece of fabric folded into pleats and operated by a chain. They can be flat (lying flat when pulled down) or hobbled with some fabric added which overlaps when the blinds are lowered.
Roman blinds market offers a wide range of different materials like silk, cotton and linen as the most popular options. But that is not all. You could opt for simple single-colored blinds or choose some with interesting, colorful patterns if you want to add some eccentricity. Finally the most important option in the light of installing Roman blinds is that they can be hang with an inside or an outside mount.
Choose, measure and go!
Installing your Roman blinds includes a few simple steps given below.
As mentioned before, the first thing you will need to do is decide whether you want the blinds to be installed with an inside or an outside mount. Inside mount implies that the blinds will be installed inside the window frame and cover solely the window glass, while the outside mount is set on both sides of the wall, covering not only the window frame but also a part of the wall. This will not only define the installation process but also affect the overall look of your window and your room. However, this is solely up to you.
Now, let’s make the necessary measurements. If you have opted for an inside mount measure the top, middle and bottom of your window, using measuring tape.
Make sure to be very precise and check the measurements twice in order of determining the right size. This is very important since it can affect your Roman blind functionality. Add a few inches and you will not be able to mount the blind inside the window frame or subtract a few inches and the blind will not cover the whole window, leaving it exposed and unprotected.
With an inside mount write down the smallest width. Also measure the length of the window since it will determine the length of the blind. If an outside mount is your choice, you will need to make the measurements on both sides of the wall around the window frame. Here you are free to decide how far apart you want to place the brackets and thus choose how wide will your Roman blind be.
Always purchase the blind after performing the previous measurements, all according to the given results.
Now it is time to install the brackets that will hold the blind in place. Whether your are installing the blind with an inside or the outside mount, make sure that there is no contact with the window frame top and that there are no obstacles that will prevent you from raising or lowering the blind. Level up the brackets on both sides of the window and attach them onto the window frame, using 2 inches wooden screws (inside mount) or plumb them into the wall using wall anchors, toggle bolts or fastener screws (outside mount).