Custom Blind Installation Considerations

Posted on: 6 August 2021


New custom blinds will provide privacy and shade to the rooms in your home while also supplying an attractive backdrop to the room's decor. There are a few installation choices that must be made as you put up the new blinds.

Mount Style

There are two main mount options when it comes to blinds, an inside or an outside mount. Inside mounts are the most common, particularly for blinds styles like miniature blinds. An inside mount is attached to the inside of the window frame, and the blinds fit snugly within the frame without hanging outside at all. 

An outside mount is more common for vertical blinds and sometimes are used for roller shades, such as roman blinds. The mounting bracket is installed above the window frame. The blinds are slightly wider and often longer than the window itself, which makes the window look larger once the blinds are closed. There are also fewer chances of there being a gap around the edges of the blinds. 

Valance Options

A decorative valance can cover the headrail of the blinds attractively. Often, headrails are plain and utilitarian, providing little more than support and a place for the operating mechanisms to reside. They can detract from an otherwise attractive window covering.

Valance boxes can be made of vinyl, wood, or covered in fabric. Some are made to match the blind materials while others may feature an accent color or even a pattern. There are also valances that are designed to fit over the headrail and support a curtain or swag. These are nice because you can swap out the curtain or swag periodically to update the look of your windows without the need to replace your custom blinds. 

Custom Touches

There are a few custom touches you may want to install at the same time as the blinds. A bottom locking rail anchors the bottom of the blinds in place when they are completely lowered. These are nice when you want the blinds pulled down but the slats and window open, as the rail prevents the blinds from blowing in the breeze that comes through the window. 

For corded blinds, cord winders are a must if you don't want the strings to hang down. There are very basic models, which is usually what comes with the blinds. You can also find decorative cord winding hardware in a variety of designs, from brushed modern nickel to ornately scrolled wrought iron.

Contact a custom blinds installation service for more help or if you have further questions.