Summer will soon be here and people will want to find ways to keep their house cool without running up a high energy bill. An inexpensive way to keep a house cool is to install solar blinds on southern, eastern, and western facing windows. The solar blinds help keep your rooms cool by blocking the sun's warm rays from entering into a room through a window – which also helps to reduce your energy costs during the summer time. Here is how to hang horizontal blinds using inside mounting brackets.
You Will Need:
- Philips Screwdriver
- Marking Pencil
- Measuring Tape
- Toggle Bolts
- Plastic Expansion Anchors
Install Inside Mounting Brackets
Inside mounting brackets are used to attach the solar blinds completely within the window frame to give your blinds a sleek and thin appearance. You need to make sure you have at least ¾" of space between the window frame and window for the inside mounting brackets to fit properly. Measure 2 ½" in from each end at the top of window frame and mark the spots with your pencil – these are the spots where you are going to mount your two brackets onto the window frame. Place the two brackets on the underside of the top of the window frame and screw them in. If you have wood frames, you can simply screw the brackets into place. If you are screwing the mounts into plaster, drywall, or some other building material, you may have to use plastic expansion anchors or toggle bolts to hold the screws in place.
Mount Blinds on Bracket
The headrail is at the top of the blind and it holds the mechanical parts used to open and close the blinds. The headrail has clips on the top side that slide onto the brackets and lock into position. You slide the headrail on to the mounting brackets by lifting up on the bottom end of the headrail and sliding the top part over the arm of the brackets – when you hear a "click," you know you've got in on right. Install the adjustment wand to open and close the slats on the blinds by attaching it to a clip hanging from the headrail - the clip is located on the opposite side of the pull cord on the blind. Pull up and down on the pull cord to make sure the blinds rise up and down to make sure everything works well.
If you have small children living or visiting your house, you may want to make sure that the pull cord for the blind is kept out of reach to prevent an accident. You can bundle up the cord until it is out of reach of small children and attach a clothes pin or a paper clamp to hold the cord it in place.
For more information about blinds styles and installation, contact a company like Brandt's Interiors & Workroom.