Don’t Be Blindsided… Continued
It remains good advice with or without your home involved. Being blindsided is not a good feeling and neither is having the wrong blinds for your home. They help keep spaces ventilated; cool when you need them to be and warm during the colder months. They keep out noise, sunlight and other elements, depending on the style that you go with. We recently shared a Valley Windows-esque round up of different types of blinds that you can go with, but we feel like we barely scratched the surface. That’s the funny thing about working at Valley Windows. It’s impossible not to feel like we can always improve. It’s paramount that we do, it’s the best way for us to bring you a better view through premium windows and doors. That was a big draw of the blog for us – a platform with which we can shout our passion from the rooftops and share engaging, informative and entertaining articles. Read on for more information about the right type of window blinds for you!
A myth to dispel – first of all – that you don’t need them. This isn’t a place to shirk on costs or investment. If you let in excess sunlight, you can actually sunburn more easily than you think. You can also quickly fade the color of your walls and furniture. As with any home improvement project, most think that the costs are superfluous and unnecessary. But, as with *many* home improvement costs, you’ll see exponential value in the long run.
We’ve touched on different types of blinds. And learned that shades are an option as well. The next question is, how do you install them? Luckily for you, there are experts who are learned in this very art. That simply might not be a desire of yours, especially if you’re passionate about do -it-yourself projects (we know that we are). There’s something extra satisfying about completing a project all by yourself. That said, if that’s the route that you want to go, we support you all the way. Here are some quick and easy steps you can follow:
(NOTE- We’re basing this off of horizontal blinds, but the steps are generally the same)
1. Measure your windows. Make sure that you take stock in both the inside and outside mount, going to the very edges. If you’re looking at shades or blinds that go down to the floor, leave ¼ inch.
2. Install brackets. With some styles, you can use the same brackets for inside and outside mounting, but that’s not always the situation, so do your homework. If your windows are framed with wood, an insider tip is to drill the hole slightly smaller than the screw.
3. Install the head rail. It will go directly into the brackets. Make sure that it’s locked tightly!
4. Attach a valance. Most blinds, even if you buy them yourself, will come with directions for this step.
Voila! You’ve done it. But don’t think that we’re done with this topic. Check back in for more information.