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Learn how to install window blinds in your home and eliminate the cost of hiring a window blinds installer.
Learn how to install window blinds in your home and eliminate the cost of hiring a window blinds installer.
Window blinds are one of the easiest window treatments to install, and there are many design options beyond the usual white blinds that you see in many homes.

You can now select faux wood window blinds, mini blinds with decorative tapes, or versions with built in valances.

They’re easy to maintain and incredibly cost-effective, particularly if you self-install.

Follow these simple tips to install window blinds in your home.

  • Remove your current window treatment. If there are any holes that will be exposed after you hang your new blinds, you’ll need to fill them with joint compound.
  • Check your walls. You may need special mounting hardware and tools if you’re working with a particularly hard surface like brick.
  • For an outside mount, in which the blinds are hung above the window casing and extend beyond the edges of the window:
    • Measure approximately 3 inches past each side of the window, above the window far enough to allow enough space for the mounting bracket, and slightly below the window.
    • Screw the side brackets into the wall above the casing.
  • For an inside mount, in which the blinds are hung inside the casing, leaving it exposed:
    • Measure the window height at the top, middle, and bottom and use the narrowest of the three measurements. Repeat the same process for the width.
    • Screw the side brackets into the wall on the jambs above the casing.
  • For all windows:
    • Make sure that the brackets are straight with a level.
    • Untangle knots in the cords or tape.
    • Clip the headrail into the brackets and close the bracket covers.
    • If you have a valance, install the clips, and snap the valance into them.

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