How to Install Blackout Blinds: A Step-by-Step DIY Guide

For modern window treatments, blackout blinds have great potential due to their unique blackout effect, light control, and aesthetic value. The installation of blackout blinds is a tricky and interesting DIY project due to unique techniques and easily available materials. In this article, Curtain And Blinds has highlighted the complete procedure that how to install blackout blinds in a step-by-step guide. By following these effective steps, you can achieve your goal of DIY completion with outstanding results.

Blackout Blinds Installation | A Step-By-Step Guide

Blackout Blinds Installation

Before starting your DIY project, you always consider multiple things– you should remove any obstruction that comes in the area of the blackout window blinds. You should also consider an electrical point near the window for automatic blinds operations. Furthermore, a blind with a cord is dangerous for your kids or pets, so avoid this option and ensure a cordless blind. To make your DIY project uninterruptible, we also assembled a catalog of necessary instruments.

Essential Stuff For Blind Installation

  • Metal Measuring Tape
  • Screw Driver
  • Hacksaw
  • Pencil
  • Hand Drill
  • Scissors
  • Spirit Level/ Ruler
  • Raw Plugs

Step 1: Measure The Window Dimensions

Measure The Window Dimensions

Before taking window measurements, you should decide whether you want to install the blackout blind outside or inside the window. It all depends upon your choice and specific measurements. However, for taking precise window measurements, you should have a metal measuring tape.

For Inside Window Installation

For the installation of these room-darkening blinds inside the window, you should take the appropriate window frame width from three different points– the top, middle, and bottom lines of the window. The shortest width among all taken widths will be the final width of the window. Similarly, we will take the length from three different positions– the right, left, and middle positions. In this case, the longest measurements will be the final height of the window recess.

For Outside Window Installation

If you have a plan to fix blinds outside the window, you should install it at least 2-3 inches above the window border. This standard height will be highly beneficial to cover the whole window area completely. To take accurate measurements from three different positions, you need to use a metal measuring tape. Add an extra 3 inches in each measurement from the top, bottom, and middle to calculate the final width. Mark these measurements (final height and width) with a pencil.

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Step 2: Determine The Placement Of Roller Chain

Determine The Placement Of Roller Chain

For the placement of the roller chain, you need to follow the general rule of thumb. If you are right-handed, you should also place the roller chain on the right-hand side. On the other hand, if you’re left-handed, you should choose the left side for a firm grip on the chain. For chain length, you should determine the best position from your standing point.

Step 3: Select The Roller Direction

The selection of roller direction for hanging blackout blinds depends upon multiple factors such as rolling direction, light control, width depth, aesthetic preferences, and obstructions. The two basic rolling directions are front roll and back roll. However, the front roll is a highly suitable option to get maximum light control, blackout effect, and aesthetic value. Alternatively, over the roller is a good option for objects hanging out of the window so that pulling it down doesn’t block the blind.

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Step 4: Fix The Brackets

Fix The Brackets

For fixing the brackets, you should determine the right position– outside or inside window fixing. Before installation of the bracket, mark the right position with a pencil to drill. Establish and engrave bracket placement on the window frame or its exterior. Utilize screws to secure the brackets and ensure they are level and spaced correctly. Remove any valance clips and securely snap or slide the blackout shade or blinds. Check for proper functioning. Get specific guidance from the manufacturer.

Step 5: Trim The Blind Portion

In case your blind is too big, unroll it on a flat surface and cut it to fit. Remove the fabric, leaving behind space for trimming. Remove the bottom bar and mark a line that is 25mm away from where the bracket gap should be and cut it vertically with sharp scissors, following the ruler’s instructions. Then trim the tube using a fine tooth hacksaw, making each end 5mm wider on both sides of the fabric. Measure the width of the fabric in the bottom bar and insert it into the pocket.

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Step 6: Install The Blackout Blind

Install The Blackout Blind

In the end, we will install the blackout window blind by placing the corded wheel and pin plunger into a roller tube at the right and left end respectively. Then place both these elements into the wheel bracket. To prevent the injury of kids and pets, always avoid the chain and prefer the tension device. After completing the installation, try to check the proper functioning of all instruments by using multiple times.

Final Words!

To sum up this instructive article, we must say that the installation of blackout blinds is a technical DIY project that requires proper instrumentation and guidance. Curtain and Blinds has mentioned a perfect and comprehensive guide for the DIY installation of these room-darkening blinds. By following our instructions, you can accomplish your DIY installation project with a little bit of effort in less time. Before starting the installation, you should also ensure all accessories and instruments that we have mentioned above.

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