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Install Mini Blinds in Eight Easy Steps

In today's decorating world, the formal look of drapes & curtains has given way to the more contemporary appearance of mini-blinds. Mini blinds are functional with a clean, uncluttered look that complements today's home decor. You can find mini blinds at specialty stores, home improvement stores, and online. You can choose from a wide variety of colors, styles, and materials. You can have your mini blinds professionally installed, but if you want to do it yourself you will find that it is a relatively simple task. Here are the steps to a successful mini blind installation.

1. Measure your windows.

Mini blinds can be installed either inside the window or hung on the outside. The inside positioning gives more of a designer look, but the measurement is more critical. For an inside installation, measure the width of the window at the top, middle, and bottom. Measure the height of the window at the right side, middle, and left side. Use the smallest measurement to ensure that the blind will fit inside the window frame, and subtract ¼ inch from each side for clearance. You will need at least 1 inch of depth between the window pane and the inside wall of the room to hang the brackets. For an outside installation, add 1 ½ inches to each side for overhang.

2. Purchase your blinds.

If your windows are standard sizes, the store may have them in stock. Otherwise, you must order custom mini blinds.

3. When you receive your mini-blinds, assemble the tools you will need and carefully read the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer.

For the purpose of this article, we will assume you are doing an inside installation.

4. Position the brackets that come with the mini blinds inside the window casing at the top, and fasten them with the screws provided.

An electric screwdriver or drill with a screwdriver bit will make this job go a lot faster.

5. Slide the mini blind into place in the brackets at the top of the window.

The lift cord should be on the right, the adjusting wand on the left.

6. Place the cap provided at each end of the brackets.

7. If you have measured correctly, the mini blind should just touch the windowsill when fully lowered.

If it is too long, you can remove some slats at the bottom to adjust the length.

8. If you have purchased a valance to cover the top of the blind, install it using the brackets provided.

Mini blind installation usually goes quickly. You should be able to install all the blinds in a typical three-bedroom home in a day.