Roller shades remain to be popular and best window treatments for both commercial and residential locations. Todays’ guide will walk you through step-by-step guides on how to install roller shades correctly. Let not the installation cause headache to you because it is comfortable with simple steps and requirements.
Roller shades installation is something you can do it yourself rather than seeking help from professionals. However, sometimes you may call professionals to install for you if you don’t have time to do it yourself; it is better than gamble with expensive roller shades.
More so, go for experts if you don’t have time but lack knowledge; here is knowledge.
What is a roller shade?
A roller shade is a rectangular fabric material joint to a metal tube or a wooden dowel connected between the window’s two brackets. The spring mechanism or chain pulley pushes the shade up and down. However, automated roller blinds are not suitable as they feature many complications, especially if you have kids around.
Due to the above statement, you need to be careful about which roller shade you buy for your house. Put the safety of your children and yourself on the frontline. Now that we know what to install, now it is time to go through the handy guide.
How to install roller shades steps by steps guide
Before you start with the installation process, the first thing is to identify whether your roller shades are outside mounted or inside mounted. Knowing this will help you understand how and where to install your roller shades. Installation instructions are not a big deal as both outsides mounted and inside mounted rollers share similar instructions.
Therefore, in this article, we will install them jointly using the same steps and instructions.
Step one: Gathering materials and tools
Tools that you may require include; a pencil, drill, double-sided tape, step stool or a ladder and a screwdriver, roller blinds, wall fixings, masonry bit, electric drill, screws, bradawl, spirit level, and a steel tape measure
Remember, the remaining steps will be more comfortable when you accumulate all the necessary materials and tools.
Step two: taking measurements
No man is an island, and no man stands alone; get a helper that will help you hold some materials like tape measure while taking measurements. Let the person keep the tape measure when you make a level line above the window, bottom, and sides where the roller shade sill sits. Check if the lines are straight to allow the roller shade to fit in the window properly.
Don’t trust your eyes so much when you are near the window; move a few steps back and have a distant view. Besides, you can decide to take correct measurements using a tape measure.
Remember to leave an allowance space of about 5 centimeters from the window edges. However, let not disturb you as you can adjust the measurements to meet your personal preferences or design the rollers you want to install. You may also reconfirm if the line is level using a spirit level.
Step three: marking the spots
With your helper, mark screw holes using a pencil on the wall; you may hold the shade in the place you want to install and let the assistant mark for you. What you need to do Is to make sure that bracket sports fall at an equal level.
Step four: Drilling marked holes
It is now time to use your masonry bit and an electric drill to make holes suiting your wall fixing. Don’t drill near the plasterwork or brickwork’s edges; leave an allowance of about 40 to 50 millimeters for efficiency and safety purposes.
Furthermore, use a bradawl for drilling holes in a wood surround. Remove all dust from drilled holes for a better outlook before installing the brackets.
Step five: Installing the roller shade brackets
Under this step, make sure all brackets are in their specific position. Sometimes you may have to read installation instructions to be much confident. The reason behind this is because different roller shade design varies in bracket installation instructions.
Step six: inserting wall plugs
Though this step is not necessary, it is advisable. Therefore before you secure all the brackets using screws, fix wall plugs first. Attach the proper for better results.
Step seven: inserting the roller shade
After you are through with installing brackets, the next task will be to establish your roller shade. Attach the spring pin into one end bracket, and then squeeze the other shade sides to fit in the slots. After the roller shade is in position, try to securely lock the shade in the bracket by pulling it down gently.
Make sure you feel or hear a “click” but, sometimes you may not feel such because of different features in various shades.
Step eight: Testing the roller shade
After you are through all the above steps, the last thing to do is test the whole process. You may do so by gently pulling the roller shade down and rolling it back to ensure they are functioning. If you don’t feel any difficulties, know that the installation process is a success.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a helper when installing roller shades?
Yes, get an assistant that will help you hold some materials like tape measure while taking measurements. Let the person have the tape measure while making a level line above the window, bottom, and sides where the roller shade sill sits.
Is it a must to insert wall plugs?
Wall plugs are not necessary but advisable. If you feel like doing so, go on.
How do you feel when you realize that you can install roller shades yourself? What I know is that you will feel like a pro. Yes, roller shade installation is more comfortable with the above simple steps and materials. What you only need is to be careful when taking measurements and drilling bracket holes on the wall. Therefore, gather all the necessary materials and tools before starting with the journey of roller shade installation.