A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Change Your Window Blinds

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Change Your Window Blinds
Quality window blinds can last for many years, but eventually, you may end up switching your style. Whether you’re interested in swapping for room darkening shades, upgrading to a more durable material or simply desire a different color to match your new décor, there are ways to make the entire process as convenient and fun as possible. Follow our step-by-step guide to changing your window blinds yourself. We’ll explain how to replace blinds and which tools you need to get the job done. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be ready to DIY.

Step 1: Measure Your Windows

Before you begin shopping for new window blinds, you’ll need to measure your windows. Custom window blinds will give you the best look and fit while helping to protect your room from bright sunlight, blinding glare and harsh temperatures. If you wish to mount your blinds inside your window, the process is pretty simple.

Using a measuring tape, carefully record the width of the top, middle and bottom portions of your window. The narrowest width of all three measurements will be used to create your blinds or shades. Next, record your window height. If you prefer an outside mount, you’ll need to add one to two inches to the height and width.

Step 2: Buy New Blinds 

Now that you have your numbers, it’s time to find the right replacements. Decide on the materials, colors and features for each window. Some of the most popular styles of window coverings include wood blinds, Roman shades and roller shades. Stylish neutral colors such as white, grey or cream match both traditional and modern décor. You are also free to choose from a spectrum of bold colors like pink, red or dark green.

Room darkening and blackout blinds are perfect for bedrooms and baby nurseries, while faux wood blinds offer an Earthy feel and textured look. Other popular features include convenient top down bottom up blinds and cordless shades since styles without cords are safer for kids and pets.

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Step 3: Remove Your Old Window Coverings

Once your window coverings arrive at your door, it’s time to take off your old shades or blinds. Start by pushing your blinds all the way up so each of the slats is gathered at the top. Next, grab a step ladder and climb to the top of the window.

You’ll need to remove valances first in order to get to the hardware. Once you’re done taking off extra pieces, you can locate the brackets on your window hardware. Open the brackets and remove the blinds. You may have to take off a few additional screws to fully remove the hardware from your window. When every piece is off, clean your window frame and get ready to install your new shades.

Step 4: Install Your Brand New Blinds

Before you install your new blinds, we recommend reading our how to install guide. It includes step-by-step instructions for every type of window covering, including mini blinds, venetian blinds and roller shades. No matter which type of shades you have, you’ll need basic supplies. These include a measuring tape, screws, a level and a drill.

First, attach the brackets to the inside or outside of the window frame using your drill. Next, install the headrail into the brackets. If you have a valance, now is the time to attach it to the headrail.

Those who have a wand on their blinds will need to secure it to the top of the window covering. Once you’re done with your installation, test the blinds to see if they work properly. They should move up and down smoothly, open and close with ease and feel secure within the window. If they seem loose, check the screws within the headrail.

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It’s Simple to Switch Your Window Blinds

Now that you know how to change blinds, you’ll be more inspired than ever to upgrade to more beautiful, durable or luxurious window treatments. One of the best ways to feel confident about changing your look is knowing when to replace your blinds. Bending, breaking and fading are just some of the top reasons why homeowners get replacements. You may also want to do a swap if you have new windows or safety concerns that come with getting a new pet or having a baby. No matter your motivation, you have the skill and creativity to find the perfect window coverings and change them out yourself.

As you browse for and buy your favorite types of blinds, begin gathering your installation supplies. It’s also an excellent time to review how to replace your old blinds with new ones. By getting prepared and organized ahead of time, the replacement and installation process will be fast and easy. In a short amount of time, you’ll be enjoying a more comfortable living space.

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