Techniques for Hanging Roman Blinds
The following tips on how to hang Roman blinds are particularly useful to home-owners who purchased these window treatments on online sites and, thus, missed out on the free installation service. But anybody who wants to hang Roman blinds can also keep these steps and tips in mind.
Decide Where to Hang
The first step is deciding on the placement of the Roman blinds - either inside or outside the window recess. An inside placement appears elegant but be sure to check that sufficient space is available for the top fittings. An outside placement will make windows appear larger, not to mention that it is suitable for windows with limited recess and where curtains will not be placed.
The steps for each type of placement will vary for obvious reasons. Be sure to read the instructions for hanging the Roman blinds, if possible, since these window treatments may have special steps. Keep the tools for the activity within easy reach, too.
Before hanging the Roman blinds, keep these important things in mind about their placement.
• Check with the manufacturer about special headings for the blinds. Most come with Velcro-type headings that will cover 1-2 inches of the blinds at their top; measure the fastening from the top of the blinds that will be covered to a few millimeters above the window sill.
• Allow a few millimeters of allowance on either or both sides of the blinds for ventilation purposes. Otherwise, the windows may have unwanted condensation.
• Place the blinds outside of the recess in case you want to prevent light from entering into the room (i.e., in a dark room or a night nursery). Check that the window frame can actually bear the weight of the Roman shades.
• Place the blinds inside the recess in case of a deep window frame or windowsill.
Hanging Via an Interior Mount
Basically, hanging the Roman blinds via an interior mount means attaching the shades to the "ceiling" portion of the window frame. In contrast, an exterior mount means attaching the shades to the "walls" of the window frame, which can either on the left or side window.
• Check that the interior of the window frame is level; use a level to determine it. Attach a small shim on the ceiling in case the frame is uneven.
• Take the blinds out of their packaging but keep them bunched up. Hold them up to where you want to hang them on the inside of the window frame.
• Mark the Roman blinds' location on the window frame and the brackets on the shades; use a carpenter's pencil. The spacing between brackets should be about 3 inches from each side of the shade. Set aside the blinds.
• Install the brackets by using the screws made for the purpose. You may have to line up the the brackets with the window frame's edge while matching the screws with the brackets' holes before screwing them in place.
• Install the Roman blinds. Click the brackets in place, slide the blinds' top forward to snap the brackets, and secure them to the frame. Test the fit by adjusting the shades (i.e., pulling on the cord or drawstring). A child safety lock away wand can be used to reduce the risk of accidents when blinds are being in children's or vulnerable people's rooms/homes.
Of course, it is important to check that the installed Roman shades will actually look good and operate well.
Hanging Via an Exterior Mount
In case of an exterior mount, keep these tips in mind although the basic steps involved in an interior mount remain the same. First, check that the blinds are sufficiently large to cover the entire window with 4-8 inches of allowance on all four sides. Second, check that the fitting is just right with the wall above the window and window sills (e.g., radiator) as considerations.