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How To Install Mini Blinds
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Mini blinds are mounted in brackets that have snap-on covers to
provide a finished look. They're a mainstream decorating choice
for a window treatment because they coordinate with just about any
decor. Use them alone or with a fabric valance or cornice board
covering the top of the window.
You can mount most mini blinds outside the window frame (on the
outer trim of the window), on the wall (so that they cover the window
trim), or on the inside of the frame between the window stops. Because
you have all these options, most mounting brackets have pre-drilled
holes on both the ends and the backs of the mounting brackets. You
use only one set of holes, depending on how you mount the mini blinds.
Before you purchase mini blinds, decide whether you want to mount
the blind inside or outside the window frame and then measure your
windows using a folding wooden measuring rule or wooden measuring
stick. Manufacturers have specific directions for measuring on their
packaging or brochures, but the general procedure is to measure
the width at the top, middle, and bottom of the window and use the
smallest dimension for its width. Measure the length of the window
to get the correct extension of the blind.
If you order custom blinds, you can indicate the length you want
the blinds to be. If you buy blinds off the rack, you have to cut
the blind cords to the proper length; usually, you want the bottom
edge of the blind to rest on or slightly above the windowsill. Directions
for cutting the blind cords for length are included in the mini
You can install small clips on both sides of the window to act
as hold-down brackets to secure the bottom of the blinds so that
they don't sway freely. These clips, secured with a small brad or
finishing nail, are easy to reach but not noticeable.