Hanging Window Blinds

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Old 03-25-14, 08:30 PM
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Hanging Window Blinds

I'm trying to hang some blinds in a room. In the attached picture you can see the top right-hand corner of the window. The holes labeled 'A' are where the blinds were hanging when we moved in - they were held up by fittings which were just screwed straight into the window frame.

The holds labeled 'B' and 'C' are where I thought I could do the same thing - drill a small hole and then just screw straight into the window frame. It didn't work.

As I drilled the holes it felt like I went through the drywall, then through nothing for an inch or so, then into wood at the very end, as if there were a gap between the drywall and the wood frame. Does that make any sense?

I'm no DIY expert, so I don't have any idea how the window frame is constructed - I thought there would be a wood frame that I could just screw into. Apparently not.

So now I can't just screw straight into the wood frame, and since it seems the gap between the drywall and the wood is pretty small, I don't think I can use a toggle bolt or anything similar, either.

So how can I hang these blinds? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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Old 03-25-14, 08:40 PM
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That type construction?
Walls that thick could be concrete block, pored concrete, 2 X 6's/
 
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Old 03-26-14, 03:47 AM
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You want to mount your blinds inside the return area. Of course if you have already bought longer ones, you can't. Holes "a" are the correct ones. They go into a 2x6 or larger after the sheetrock. The screws provided may not be long enough.
 
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Old 03-26-14, 04:21 AM
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Try a long screw where you plan on mounting the blinds. If it's indeed wood, the screws will hold. You must be careful not to over-tighten the screws and crush the drywall. What type of blind is it?
 
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I have absolutely no idea.
 
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Great, thank you. I'll try the longer screws.

Can you buy extra long drill bits? The drill bit I have that was the right size for the screws isn't long enough to drill holes any deeper for the screws to go into in the wood.
 
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Old 03-27-14, 05:11 AM
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You don't have to drill hole in the wood, just a hole in the drywall that's about the diameter of the screw. The screw will thread itself into the wood. Use a screw that is about an inch longer than the distance from the outside of the wall to the wood.
 
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Thanks you for your help.
 
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