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How to install a mini blind.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate mini blind

  • Power drill with the appropriate drill bit (including 1/16" drill bit)

  • Scissors

  • Screwdriver

  • Tape measure

Guide:

Completing the window treatment of your house windows may involve the use of mini blinds.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a power drill, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Installing a mini blind can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Figure out what kind of mini blind mount you'll be using for your window: A mini blind that is mounted on the surface of the window trim/casing or on the top interior sides of the window frame.  Use a tape measure to make sure that the mini blind you are about to install is wide and tall enough to adequately cover your window.

  2. Irrespective of what mini blind mount you go with, make sure you screw on the screws supplied with the mini blind correctly; see the manufacturer's instructions.  For your ease of installation, make sure you use a power drill, with the appropriate bit, to drill in pilot holes that will ultimately be occupied by screws screwed in with a screwdriver, screws of which will secure the mini blind brackets in place.

  3. With the mini blind brackets securely in place, secure the headrail on these brackets per the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Next, attach the valance (i.e., the "curtain" of slats), with the mounting clips already on, to the headrail.

  5.  

    If you find that the mini blind is too long, far surpassing the length of your window, you may find it necessary to cut the blind to size.  To do this, first remove the pull cords and then use a pair of scissors to cut the mini blind ladders so that only about 1 inch is left after the bottom side frame of the window.  With the cut made, remove the bottom rail from the cut-off portion of the blind ladders, and then reattach the bottom rail to new bottom of the blind, knotting the pull cords at the appropriate length in the process.

That is basically how a mini blind is installed.

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