Stress-Free Installation: How to Install Zebra Blinds

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Zebra blinds are made from two layers of fabric with alternating stripes that are transparent and opaque. Align the transparent stripes to let some light through or offset them to block more light. If you’ve selected zebra blinds and are wondering how to install them, here’s how to install zebra roller shades:

How to Install Inside Mount Zebra Blinds

1. Hold the headrail of the zebra blinds up and position it using a leveler so you can make sure it is centered and straight. Mark the position with a pencil.

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2. Now grab the brackets and determine their positions using the pencil marks you made in the prior step. For zebra blinds, one bracket should be positioned about two to six inches from each end of the headrail. For wider shades that require three or four brackets, these should be spaced evenly between the two outermost brackets. Mark the screw holes for these brackets using a pencil and check the measurements using a leveler once again.

3. Create pilot screws for the brackets using a power drill and a 5/64" drill bit. If you don’t have a power drill, you can DIY pilot holes by tapping a nail partway into the wall using a hammer, and then remove it. Attach the brackets using the correct screws and/or anchors.

4. To secure the zebra blinds, slide the inner rear of the headrail onto the metal tabs at the back of each bracket. Push up so the brackets snap onto the headrail. Using pliers, pull the plastic tab on the front of each bracket outward toward the front of the shade to lock the brackets in place. Check carefully to assure each bracket is properly secured.

5. Decide on where you will place the cord guide and mark the holes using a pencil. Create pilot holes using a pencil, and then attach the cord guide to the window trim or wall using screws. Make sure not to place the guide so low it puts tension on the cord, as this will impair the function of the window.

6. Enjoy your new window treatments!

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How to Install Outside Mount Zebra Blinds

1. Hold the headrail of the zebra blinds up and position it using a leveler so you can make sure it is centered and straight. Mark the position with a pencil.

2. Now grab the extension brackets and determine their positions using the pencil marks you made in the prior step. For zebra blinds, one bracket should be positioned about two to six inches from each end of the headrail. For wider shades that require three or four brackets, these should be spaced evenly between the two outermost brackets. Mark the screw holes for these brackets using a pencil and check the measurements using a leveler once again.

3. Create pilot screws for the brackets using a power drill and a 5/64" drill bit. If you don’t have a power drill, you can DIY pilot holes by tapping a nail partway into the wall using a hammer, and then remove it. Attach the brackets using the correct screws and/or anchors.

4. Attach a mounting bracket to each extension bracket using the nut and bolt pre-attached to each extension bracket. To adjust the extension, loosen the nut and bolt and move the mounting brackets forward or backward as preferred.

5. To secure the zebra blinds, slide the inner rear of the headrail onto the metal tabs at the back of each bracket. Push up so the brackets snap onto the headrail. Pull the plastic tab on the front of each bracket outward toward the front of the shade to lock the brackets in place. Check carefully to assure each bracket is properly secured.

6. Decide on where you will place the cord guide and mark the holes using a pencil. Create pilot holes using a pencil, and then attach the cord guide to the window trim or wall using screws. Make sure not to place the guide so low it puts tension on the cord, as this will impair the function of the window.

7. Enjoy your new window treatments!

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For more informational content about window treatments, including how to hang blinds without brackets, be sure to check out our resource center! Hanging your own blinds isn’t that hard with instructions from Factory Direct Blinds.


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