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How to Install Vertical Blinds

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Vertical blinds give your home a modern and contemporary feel while offering privacy from the outside views and providing the right amount of light. They’re ideal for transitional spaces and also great for an enclosed patio, as they cover the length of the window and also provide UV protection.  Let’s find out how to install vertical blinds.

Vertical blinds consist of long vertical panels of fabric that hang from a bracket or sliding track. These panels reach the floor and measure about 2.5 inches wide. They are installed with a bracket at the top of a window or on the interior opening. You can open or close the slats when you want more or less light in your room. 

Custom-made vertical blinds are sure to match your wishes, thanks to materials like fabric and vinyl, and a large assortment of colors most companies have available. Here are the basic steps to installing vertical blinds. 

Things you’ll need:

  • Vertical blinds and hardware
  • Electric Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

Step 1: Determine Inside or Outside Mount

There are two ways to install vertical blinds: inside mount and outside mount. 


Vertical blinds can be attached to the inside of the window frame. To achieve this look, you will need a window depth of at least 2.5 inches so that the blind mount will fit. Take the measurement from the depth of the window frame.

You will need to take three measurements when measuring the inside mounts: 

  • at the top
  • the middle
  • one at the bottom. 

The shortest width measurement is used for installation.

If you are ordering custom blinds, you will have to tell these measurements to the company. If you are buying ready-made blinds from the store, you will need to take the measurements and ask for blinds that match your measurements. 


To use an outside mount, hang the blinds and leave about four to six inches of space around the window. Otherwise, the light may come in from in.

Step 2: Measure the Area you Want to Cover and Add a Few Inches

Measurements need to be exact if you want to block the light and ensure complete coverage. To get the right fit into the window space, you must also add a few inches to the height and the width measurements. Add about four to six inches to the width and height of the window. When buying vertical blinds to match your window, remember that the vertical width is noted first and then the height.

Step 3: Hanging the Brackets

Where you will create a line will depend upon your mounting of choice. You may create a line along the top of the window or on the inside with a level. Mark the areas where you will install screws and drill holes on the markings for the screws. Install the bracket into the holes.

Step 4: Install Blinds into Brackets

Not all vertical blinds are the same, and each manufacturer will likely provide information on how to hang their blinds. Follow the instructions. Pay attention to the headrail, which should stay in place at all times.  

Step 5: Attach the Vertical Blinds to Head Rail

Start by finding the hole in each vane, which is located along the top of the vane. There are clips attached to the headrail and the hole will slip into them. When connecting your blind to the headrail you’ve hung, make sure that they all point in the same direction.

Step 6: Attach Pull Cords

If your blinds have a pull cord that allows you to open and close them, attach the mount at the bottom of the wall with a stud.

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