Blinds are very versatile and can be used for any number of useful purposes, for example, such as shade and light protection over windows where curtains are not appropriate and also to provide darkness in a child’s bedroom in order to aid sleep.
Fitting a window blind should be within the skill range of a great number of home improvement enthusiasts and here are a few hints and tips to help you get the job done.
Choosing a blind
Blinds can be used for any number of purposes and it is essential that you make the right choice based on your requirements. Aspects to think about vary according to the room where the blind is being fitted and in a kitchen you should choose a blind that is easy to clean, especially one that is going over a sink area. If you are fitting a blind in your bathroom you should consider the impact of humidity and if direct affected by water splashes you might want to consider using vinyl material. Shutters and wooden blinds can bring elegance to a study or a living room, so consider your options and try to get as good quality blind as possible within your budget as it will look better and last longer.
One of the main issues that DIY enthusiasts struggle with is getting the fixing right which is of course essential to fitting the blind correctly. The bathroom is one room that causes the most problems as quite often you are faced with a tiled surface that you are attempting to drill in to. You are advised for peace of mind and also your potential sanity to use a special drill bit such as a Porsadril diamond tile drill as this will make a hole in your porcelain tile without damaging the area around it.
Measuring and lining up the blind
Good advice when sizing up your blind is to follow the grout line in the porcelain tile and drill the hole so that the fitted blind is in line with the grout. This will make the visual aspect of the blind look much better than simply measuring up fitting the blind without considering the aesthetics of how it is going to blend in.
Applying the fixings
It may seem obvious but almost all of us at some point have marked out a fixing hole when the bracket is actually upside down, which means that you drill the holes in the wrong place, so offer it up first and double check that it is right before you make any holes. If you buy a drill bit kit it should come with an anti-slip guide plate and you should use this to drill a perfect hole without slipping exactly where you want it to be.
So having prepared your window and drilled the holes you should also make sure that you do not over tighten the screws in the rawl plug as this will make it harder to adjust the blind to fit if you have damaged the plug. Best advice is to actually leave the screw actually looser than tighter, which doesn’t always feel the right thing to do, but it is.
Wooden window blinds
Having prepared properly you should be able to fix your blind and make the adjustments so that you have an installation that you are proud of.