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Installing The Right Blinds
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Are you tired of the old curtains that you've had up for
years? Are you looking for a refreshing alternative to your window
treatments? Maybe its time you consider installing blinds into your
home. Not only will blinds enhance the visual appeal of your home,
but they will also add to the resale value.
Blinds are becoming increasingly popular as a form of window
treatment. They offer several benefits that keep homeowners more and
more satisfied. Benefits include extreme privacy, unique décor,
increased re-sale value, and they shield your furniture and carpet
from harmful UV sun rays.
Blinds come in an array of styles and colors. Materials include
vinyl, aluminum and wood. The different materials will contribute to
the overall look and feel you are trying to create. Wood, for
example, is warm and rich and works well in home offices. Deciding
on what type of blind to use in each room can be done with your own
creativity or you can hire an interior designer who can offer more
When installing blinds, two major aspects should be considered;
mounts and blind features. Mounted blinds can either be “inside” or
“outside”. Inside mounted blinds require you to pay special
attention to precise measurements because the hardware is mounted
directly inside the window jam. Outside mounted blinds are mounted
to the window casing.
Blind Features Include:
• A valance is a finishing touch that runs across the top of the
window. Generally, it is a short drape of fabric or a facing of wood
• Blinds can be opened by pulling a string, or you can avoid manual
use and purchase a blind that operates by remote control. You can
also purchase a blind that uses a cord loop which simply eliminates
the need to gather the cord.
• Conserve energy with cellular shades that trap air and provide
• Top Down/Bottom Up Control. A blind that covers the bottom of the
window and lets light in through the top.
• Hold down clips control blinds from flying around.