Blinds are one of the most popular and effective window covers for any home. Not only do they block sunlight and keep heat out when closed, but they are also a helpful way for the people inside a home to maintain their privacy. Homeowners often believe the blind installation process is a complicated or cost-prohibitive one. In reality, however, there are many blind options that are both affordable and easy to install.
Choosing the Right Type of Blind
There are many types of blinds, so homeowners should select the style that they want to use to cover their window before they begin. There are several considerations to keep in mind. Homeowners should consider the purpose of the blinds. One of the most popular reasons is light control. Some types of blinds can keep light out entirely, while others have adjustable features that allow homeowners to choose the amount of light that gets in and out. Homeowners should also decide the amount of privacy they want from their blinds, as some completely shield views, while others allow some visibility into a living space. Finally, homeowners should consider their aesthetic tastes, since each type of blind varies visually.
Types of Blinds
Choose between the most popular types of blinds for DIY installation, and learn what they are most effectively used for.
Venetian blinds are one of the most popular choices. These blinds are also called horizontal blinds because of the way their slats are assembled. Venetian blinds are usually made of plastic, vinyl, or wood. They are most often used for light control and privacy.
Vertical blinds are one of the most inexpensive options. Each panel of a vertical blind hangs in front of a window, and they are usually controlled by one pull-string or switch. Vertical blinds are often preferred not only for their price point, but also because they are a good option for both privacy and light control.
Woven Wood Blinds
For a blind that is best used for privacy but not light control, woven wood blinds are an excellent option. Woven wood blinds often appear to be soft reeds. While they do block views into windows from the outside, they often don’t keep light completely out. Many do not offer light adjustment options, either.
Roman blinds are made of one window blind that can be lowered and raised, rather than individual slats. Roman blinds are most often used for light control. Many homeowners choose to couple them with a blackout lining to ensure complete darkness when lowered.
Once the correct type of blinds have been chosen, the first step toward installation is measuring the window. Make sure to properly measure the space that the blinds will cover, so that the exact dimensions can be purchased. A proper fit is key for functioning blinds. Homeowners can purchase blinds online at retail outlets like eBay or at a local brick-and-mortar home goods store.
Installing the blinds in windows is a relatively straightforward process. Research the correct method of installing the chosen blinds. Get all necessary tools ready, including a tape measure, drill, screws or hardware, and a level. Before installing, mark the place on a window frame where hardware will be inserted. Ensure that the marks are level, then attach the blinds to the window frame. If blinds are not inserted into a wooden window frame, they should be installed using brackets or extra support so that they do not fall when pulled.