How To Fit Wood Blinds In A Bay Window
Wood blinds are a popular choice when it comes to window blinds for many people. They can be fitted in almost any window or door in your home quickly. They have the bonus of being available in lots of different styles, designs and colours, even wood effect finishes if you don’t want the full-on look and feel of wooden blinds in your home. They work straightforwardly; the bottom part is tied to the window with either a cord or chain, depending on your chosen style. There are also various options for operating them, including cord controls, wand operated or even battery operated.
As well as being easy to set up and fit, they are also effortless to maintain. Depending on the material you have chosen, they can be cleaned using a slightly damp soapy cloth or even just a dry dusting cloth.
How Easy Is It To Install Blinds?
Installing your new blinds is very easy, especially if you have a bay window, as they can be fitted to the inside section of the bay, allowing them to fit effectively. They are also available in various sizes, making them perfect for any bay window regardless of how big or small it may be.
To install your blind yourself, all you need to do is measure the size of your window, making sure that you have allowed for play in your blind cord. Then you install the brackets at each corner on the inside of the window frame. The cords are then attached by threading them through all four brackets and attaching them to a cleat or screw hook to tie onto the bottom of the window. You then attach your string to the top of the blind, making sure that you fit this according to the instructions attached with it. Then all you have to do is activate your operating or lifting cord and attach them to a cleat or other device for control.
Step By Step Guide Of Installing Blinds To Your Bay Window
Step 1 – Measurements
The first thing you will need to do is measure your bay window. Keep the tape measure level at all times and allow a good amount of room for gliding if you are going to be fitting a cord operated blind as they can move quite freely. You should also take into account the cord or chain when fitting your blinds, especially if you have a bay window.
Measure the width and depth of the bay, remember to allow for giving in the cord/chain and add an extra 10cm at either side for brackets and any cables crossing them. You will also need to measure both sides so that you can be sure of an exact fit.
Now measure the height of the window, including the depth of the window sill. Note this down so that you can remember it when fitting your brackets.
Now check all your measurements with what is called a ‘cut out size’, which is available on most blinds websites or even in some DIY stores. This is the size of blind that will be needed to fit your window, and if you have taken accurate measurements, you should be fine, but it’s always best to double-check.
Step 2 – Ordering
Once you know your cut out size, you can order your blinds, making sure that they are ordered as bay sized blinds as there is a difference between a normal-sized blind and one designed to fit a bay window.
When your blinds arrive, make sure that you lay them flat somewhere where they will not be crushed. Take your cut out size and trace around it on the front of each blind. Then using either scissors or tin snips, carefully cut around the outside of the shape, making sure that you are putting on the inside of the line.
Step 3 – Fitting
Now you are ready to fit your blinds, take them to the window and remove any old curtains or blinds. Fitting bay sized blinds is very easy as all you have to do is place them into the brackets that you have already installed on your windows frame, then using a pencil, fix the blind to the front of the window; this is done by marking through each fixing point and then using a sharp knife puncture the outside of each hole.
You will find that you have created two holes in either side of your bay sized blind, which line up directly with your brackets. Now simply fix the blinds to these holes. If you fit cord or chain operated blinds, then cords can now be threaded through the top brackets and secured using a cleat; this is usually included with your blinds when purchased. The cords can also be fixed by making holes in your window frame and threading them through these before fixing them to the bottom brackets with a cleat.
Step 4 – Operating
Once you have finished, the blinds will be secure and ready for use. You can now install any operating mechanism such as a cord or chain that you need to attach to the top of your window. Some windows may not require this, though, and it is up to you if you want them fitted with cords or not.
What Are The Easiest Blinds To Fit In A Bay Window?
The easiest blind to fit in a bay window is one that simply slots into place using brackets already fitted to your windows frame. These blinds can also be cord or chain operated for ease of use and are easily operated from the top of the window. They can also be left down and fixed in place permanently if you don’t want to use them often; this may be a consideration if you have young children or pets that might potentially damage the blinds.
It’s important that you do not fit your blinds too tightly to your window frame as this can put undue pressure on the frame itself, which may lead to it becoming damaged.
Wood blinds really do offer something for everyone, and if you want to know more about them and what options are available to you with regards to style, colour and materials, then please visit the blinds section of our website. This will enable you to find all of the information you need in order for you to choose the perfect blinds for your home!