Do It Like a Professional!
Installing new, functional roller blinds is a choice based on your needs, aesthetic criteria and the fact that these blinds are a very functional and possibly less expensive than the other types of window treatments. Depending on the type of chosen fabric the look of your blinds may vary from simple to very sophisticated and elegant, meaning the prices may also differ. The installation part can be done by a trained professional or it can be done with a little help from a friend (just to make sure you have a better perspective plus it is more fun this way).
Apart from the type of fabric, its colour and pattern, when you decide to buy this type of blinds, you must do the proper measurement of your windows (go through the manufacturers manual for directions), decide where exactly you want your roller blinds installed (the inside mount on the window frame, or an outside mount on the wall just above the window) and where you want the chain operating mechanism to be located (left or right side of the blinds).
How to decide where to put your roller blinds?
What kind of material is your window made of? Is there enough room inside the window recess for your roller blinds? If the answer to the first question is wood, and there is enough room for roller blinds, then inside mount is probably the best option (provided that there is no obstacle like a handle for example in the way). If your window is made of PVC or aluminium, then the outside mount is a logical solution since it is very hard to drill through these materials. Another issue worth considering is whether you want your newly installed roller blinds to open from the front side or the back side. The difference is in the surface covered by the fabric, meaning if the blinds open from the back, more of the surface is covered resulting in less light penetrating into your room and more energy efficiency.
The next step is to mark the place on your window frame or the wall for the brackets. There are two brackets, one for the chain operating part (with a hexagonal hole) and the other for the idle part (with the round hole). This is the part where you will need someone else near you to make sure the brackets are placed symmetrically and to hand you the tools you need. Once you have decided where to put the brackets and marked the spot, use a drill to make holes. Before you screw the blinds’ brackets to the wall or the frame, place the spring plunger into the hole of the idle side bracket. Then you are ready to secure the brackets, and having done that you can go on and attach the roller blinds.Make sure the chain side goes into the bracket with a hexagonal slot, and the idle side goes to the other bracket.