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Tips To Mount Horizontal Blinds When They Are Too Narrow


Have you ever incorrectly measured for a blind and found that when it arrived it was too narrow for the window? If so, this article is for you. These are the instructions for cutting down mounting horizontal blinds that are too narrow for their window.

Usually manufacturers deduct a half inch from the measurement provided, giving proper clearance for installation. More than a half inch of play could mean trouble. What can you do?

You can most likely still mount your blinds by attaching them to the window sill as a ceiling mount (the top of the window frame). To mount them similar to an outside mount, you will need the following tools:
  • A drill with a quarter-inch nut driver or a slotted screwdriver bit.
  • A /32" drill bit.
  • A pencil to mark where to drill.
Please follow these directions:
  1. Position the headrail in place
    Mount blinds with slight gap between the window sill and the blind headrail Hold up the blind, centering it in the window frame with the brackets. Take your pencil and mark the head of the window frame where the headrail ends on the right and on the left. Ensure the distance from the edge of the headrail to the sides of the window sill are equal on both sides.
  2. Installing the mounting brackets
    Twist the mounting screws through the mounting brackets and then screw them into the underside of the window head. Make sure they align properly with the headrail marks you drew on the head of the window.
  3. Install blinds
    Place the blinds in the brackets and snap the hinges closed.
  4. Install the valance
    Once the blinds are in place you can attach the bracket with the mounting clips provided in the assembly kit. You can choose to install the valance just as it is, or you may choose to order a new one to match the exact width of the window for a snugger fit.

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