Installing Faux Wood Blinds
Installing faux wood blinds is a economical way of adding the classic look of wood to the windows spaces in your home. Although they are not made of real wood, faux wood blinds are durable, easy to clean and won't crack or warp. Installing them is very easy and can be completed in under an hour. Here is an easy to follow guide that will show you how.
Step 1 - Remove Old Blinds or Curtains
Begin by removing blinds or curtains in the window space(s) where you will be installing the new faux wood blinds. Also, remove hardware and screws that were used for the old window covering. If the holes created by the screws for the old window hardware are in a different location, you should use putty to fill the holes and paint the holes to match the rest of the wall or window space.
Step 2 - Measure the Window Space
Measure the width of the window space where the new blinds will be installed. Also, measure the height of the opening. Make sure to measure the window opening twice to ensure accurate measurements. Write down the measurements on a piece of paper.
Step 3 - Purchase Faux Wood Blinds
Visit a local home improvement store and purchase faux wood blinds that will fit your window space. If you are installing the blinds into a common window space opening (based on size), you may be able to find a blind kit on the shelf that will fit your window opening. Some larger home improvement stores will even cut blinds to fit your windows while you wait. If you want to make sure your windows are the right size, this is the way to go.
Step 4 - Mark Holes for Mounting Brackets
Hold the brackets into place and use the pen or pencil to create drill marks for the screw holes. Make sure to check and double-check the marks to make sure they line up properly with the holes in the mounting brackets.
Step 5 - Drill Holes for Mounting Brackets
Drill holes in the areas you have marked for the mounting bracket screws. Make sure the drill bit that you use is slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw you will use to hold the brackets in place.
Step 6 - Install Mounting Brackets
Align the mounting bracket with the screw holes and insert screws to secure the brackets on the left and right side of the window opening.
Step 7 - Set the Blinds
Carefully set the blinds into the mounting brackets. Push them in until you hear them 'click' into place. Close the snap down locking covers over the blinds.
Step 8 - Install the Valance
Install the valance onto the blinds to cover the mounting bracket snap on covers.
Step 9 - Install Louver Wand
Slide the eyelet opening at the top of the wand on to the reel hook of blinds. Test the blinds to see if they work properly.