Installing Blinds & Shades


 Window blinds block sunlight to help keep the house cool and save energy during the summer months. They also provide privacy for the home. At Factory Direct Blinds, we want to help you find the perfect window blinds and window shades and also make it easy for you to discover how to install them yourself.

With our simple installation guides for window blinds, we make installing window coverings easy. You can find every type of blind installation at the bottom of this article.

Learn How To Install Blinds With Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

Nearly all categories of window coverings follow the same basic steps. You'll need a measuring tape, a few screws, a level, and possibly some pre-drilling depending on the window casing.

Purchase window treatments specific to your measurements; attach the brackets using a drill, place the headrail into the brackets, attach the valance to the headrail, and secure the window blind wand (if necessary) to complete the process.

What You Need to Install Blinds

Although different types of blinds might require a unique installation process, in general, you will need the following items to install window coverings:

  • Measuring tape, to measure the window and blinds
  • Screws or nails, to install the brackets that will hold the blinds
  • A level, to make sure the blinds are even
  • Pre-drilling (depending on window casing)
  • Your window treatment of choice

If the window is somewhere out of reach, ensure you have a footstool or ladder to complete the installation.

Window Blind Installation

It can be intimidating to think about installing one's own window blinds, but with a few simple steps it can be accomplished by anyone. There's no need for DIY know-how or special tools; just follow the process below.

1. Inside or Outside Mount?

This is the first important decision to make. You'll need to choose whether to mount the blinds on the inside or outside of the window frame.

If mounting on the inside, you'll need to measure from the edge of the window casing to where you want the blinds to stop. This measurement will be used later to determine how much hardware is needed. If mounting on the outside, measure from the edge of the window casing to the desired length of the blinds.

2. Measure and Buy

Next, use your measuring implements to measure the width of the window opening and purchase blinds that are slightly smaller. For example, if your window is 30" wide, buy blinds that are between 28-30". This will ensure a snug fit and avoid light leakage.

3. Open the Package

When the blinds arrive, open the package and ensure everything you need is included. This might include screws, brackets, or other hardware. Gather your materials and prepare to install.

4. Mark the Bracket Holes

The first step is to mark where the brackets will go. If mounting on the inside of the window, measure from the edge of the casing and make a small mark at that point. For outside mounts, measure from the edge of the casing to the desired length and make marks at each end.

5. Drill Pilot Holes

Now it's time to pre-drill the holes for the screws or nails. This is necessary if your window casing is made of a different material than the blinds; it helps to avoid splitting the wood. For inside mounts, drill the holes at the marks you just made. For outside mounts, drill one hole in each end mark.

6. Install the Window Blind Brackets

Once the holes are drilled, it's time to install the brackets. For inside mounts, place the bracket against the window casing and screw or nail it in place. For outside mounts, insert one end of the bracket into the hole and then use a level to ensure it is straight before drilling the other hole and securing it in place.

7. Hang the Blinds

Finally, take your blinds and insert the top into one of the brackets. Then use a level to ensure it is hanging straight and evenly before proceeding to the other bracket.

Once both brackets are in place, use a screwdriver or hammer to secure the blinds in place. And that's it! You've successfully installed your own window blinds.

Blinds Installation FAQ

What is the difference between blinds and shades?

The main difference between blinds and shades is that blinds usually have slats that can be opened and closed to control the level of light entering a room, while shades are generally one piece of fabric.

Should I have window treatments mounted inside or outside the window opening?

Generally, it is recommended to have window treatments mounted inside the window opening. This will ensure a proper fit and look. However, there are some exceptions. If you have particularly large or deep windows, outside mounting may be necessary in order to fit the treatment within the window opening.

What is the best way to hang and install window treatments?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to hang and install window treatments will vary depending on the type of treatment and the window itself. However, in general, it is best to mount treatments as close to the window frame as possible in order to create a cohesive look.

How do I clean my new window treatments?

Again, this will vary depending on the type of treatment. For blinds, you can usually either dust or vacuum them. For blackout shades, you can usually wipe them down with a damp cloth. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning instructions.

Installation Instructions

For more detailed instructions on how to install cordless shades, horizontal shades, zebra shadesvertical blindsmini blindsroman shadescellular shades, top down bottom up blinds, and roller shades, please select the appropriate category below.