As a top window blind installer in Southwest Florida, our technicians here at Gulf Coast Installs have some great insight to help those of you who are determined to install your own blinds. Of course, we’d like to remind you that it’s MUCH easier to have a professional do the job for you – especially if you’re not the DIY type – but if you do want to do your own window blind installation, here are a few great tips to keep in mind!
Window Blind Installer Tips for Installing Your New Blinds
Installing window blinds may seem easy enough, but the truth is that for some people, it’s not an easy process at all. So here are a few great tips to get you started off on the right foot!
Don’t Go Rogue With Your Hardware
When you buy most window blinds and window treatments, they come with manufacturer supplied hardware to mount them in place. While you may think that mounting hardware you have left over from another project may be a better choice, don’t be tempted to go rogue. Stick with the mounting hardware that the manufacturer provided with your blinds to make sure that mounting goes to plan. Using other hardware can result in a number of frustrating problems that can quickly make you lose your temper!
Check Your Package Before You Start Installation
Every installation expert will tell you how important it is to check the packaging of your product to ensure that you have everything that should come with the product. It’s even more important to do this before you start the installation process! There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through an installation only to realize that the manufacturer missed a piece of hardware that should have been included. Rather than having to undo half of the work you have done already by starting the job early, check your packaging first EVERY time!
Drill Your Holes Before Mounting!
When installing any type of window treatment, blinds, or shelving, take the time to mark out the areas where you will need to drill using a pencil. Then take your drill and pre-drill the holes for your mounting hardware installation before mounting anything! This will make the entire installation process easier and will help to make a level installation easier.
Don’t Just Rely on Power Tools!
When you install window blinds, some of the materials you might be working with can be particularly fragile. For example, plastic mounting pieces. To avoid breaking or cracking these somewhat fragile pieces, we encourage you to start the job with your power tools if you like but switch to manual tools when it comes to the final tightening of screws. This will prevent you from using too much force and cracking any of your hardware.
Don’t Forget to Accommodate Other Window Treatments
Depending on your taste preferences, you may not only be adding window blinds to your home. You may also decide that you want to hang a decorative balloon valence over the window to give your home a cozier, more homely atmosphere. Plan ahead so that you know whether you will just be installing blinds or whether you will (now or in the future) be adding things like valences. If you will be adding valences or curtains, make sure that you keep this in mind while placing your new blinds. You want to be sure to have enough room to mount your new blinds hardware and you want to mount the new blinds so that they will not interfere with any future window treatment additions.
Have the Right Tools on Hand
We can’t tell you how many times we have witnessed homeowners who use specific tools for purposes other than what they were intended for – for example, using the end of a screwdriver as a hammer! While this may “work” we don’t advise it because it isn’t always effective, your damaging your tools, and you run the possibility of hurting yourself! Instead of this type of improvisation, when you go through the packaging of your new window blinds to check that you have all of the necessary hardware, make sure that you have all of the recommended tools on hand too.
Rather Hire Professional Window Blind Installers?
If you’d rather hire professional window blind installers and you live in the Southwest Florida area, just pick up the phone and dial (239)-682-1077 and we’ll get you set up with one of our professionally trained window blind installers who can get the job done in no time at all!