How to Install Vinyl Vertical Blinds

What You'll Need
Phillips Screwdriver
Tape Measure
Power Screwdriver or Power Drill
1/16 inch drill bit
Mounting brackets and screws
End caps

Installing vinyl vertical blinds is easier than you might expect. Vertical blinds have become a popular option to covering large windows such as a patio door or sliding French doors. The primary advantage of a vertical blind is that they can be custom-made to fit any sized window. They also come in various hues to fit the decor of your room. If you install the blinds yourself, you will save money. Here are the steps to install vinyl vertical blinds.

Step 1: Unpack Blinds

First unpack your vertical blinds. Make sure you are not missing any parts that you will need for the installation. Lay out the parts so that you will have easy access to them during installation.

Step 2: Inside or Outside Mount

Before you install vertical blinds, you must decide if you want to install them with an inside or outside mount. An inside mount is located within the window frame. An inside mount requires at least 2 1/2 inches of depth in the window opening so that there is enough clearance for the rotation of the vane. An outside mount is hung above or outside of the window frame. An outside mount should be used when there is not enough clearance in the window frame for an inside mount.

Step 3: Mark and Install Brackets

Hold the headrail up to the window frame. Use a level to make sure the headrail is level. Use the pencil to mark both ends of the headrail. Place mounting bracket on the lines marking the end of the headrail. Using a drill bit, drill a starter hole for the screws that will be used to secure brackets. Install all brackets. Depending on the width of your blinds, you may also need to install center brackets.

Step 4: Install End Caps

Install the end caps in the ends of the headrail. The end caps will slide into the openings at then end of the headrail.

Step 5: Install Headrail

The headrail will clip into the brackets that you have mounted. Tilt the headrail to clip into the rear of the bracket and then tilt down for the front end to connect.

Step 6: Install Valance

The valance will be used to conceal the metal headrail. The valance clips will attach directly to the headrail. The valance will then be installed into these clips.

Step 7: Cut Vanes (Optional)

It is possible that the length of the vanes will exceed the height of the window opening. Install one vane in the headrail and measure the distance from the headrail to 1/2 inch above the floor. Place vane on a level surface. Measure the distance and mark the vane. Using scissors cut each vane to the specified length.

Step 8: Install Vanes

Vanes can easily be installed by pushing and clipping into the carrier.

Step 9: Install Wand

The last clip on the edge of the headrail is for the wand. Clip the wand end into the lever at the end of the headrail. The wand will be used to open and close the blinds.