by Brooke Bartlett
Window blinds and shades offer many benefits to homeowners. Blinds and shades allow natural light to fill your home, and they can also give you privacy and shade. Filtering shades prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your furnishings, and some blinds and shades help your home retain heat on cold days or prevent the loss of cool air on hot days. In addition to these benefits, these window treatments add a finished look to windows, and they come in a variety of styles to complement any decor.
Make sure it fits. Place a ladder below the window where you intend to install window treatments. Climb the ladder and hold the shade up in the window with one hand to make sure it will fit properly before you install the brackets.
Make sure it's level. Hold a level inside the top lip of the window frame to assure that the window opening is square. As long as the opening is nearly level, you can simply mount the brackets along this lip. If the window is not square, adjust the placement of the brackets slightly so the blinds hang straight and disguise the flaw.
Mark the spot. Hold the brackets up one at a time in the corner of the window frame, marking the holes with a pencil.
Pre-drill holes. Use the drill to pre-drill a small hole in the spots you marked with a pencil. Some window frames have a metal casing, so use a sharp bit. Place the bracket so that it lines up with the holes and insert the screws through the pre-drilled holes.
Attach the shades. Attach the blind or shade to the brackets with the supplied hardware. Some shades just slip right into the brackets, while some types need to be placed in the bracket and held in place with nuts or other hardware.
Check your work. Test the blind or shade to see that it works properly, and then adjust it to allow in as much light as you desire.
If you have small children in your home, use a safety device designed to keep the cord from the window treatment up where they cannot get to it. Cords can be a strangulation hazard.