Venetian Blinds: Facts and Installation
Walk into any home and offices throughout the world and, much of the time, the types of blinds over the windows are of the venetian style. This is because venetian blinds are affordable window-treatment options that offer a stylish look while providing optimum privacy. And these blinds can be made of a number of materials as well, from wood to vinyl to aluminum.
Many people prefer aluminum blinds despite the fact they are bit more expensive than vinyl. This is because aluminum blinds are durable and long lasting. In fact, aluminum blinds come in a variety of gauges based on the standard for processed metal in the United States. Some basic gauge sizes are as follows.
- 6 gauge = .006” thick
- 7 gauge = .007” thick
- 8 gauge = .008” thick
- 9 gauge = .009” thick
The slats of these blinds also come in varying sizes, from ½” all the way to 2”. How big of a gauge or slat size to choose for aluminum venetian blinds depends on how durable the owner will want them to be as well as how clear a view he or she wants to have through the blinds.
But no matter the heaviness of the blinds or the size of the slats, installing aluminum venetian blinds in a room is a process most anyone can accomplish in a matter of minutes.
Things you’ll need:
- Tape measure
- Phillips screwdriver or cordless drill
Unpack the blinds from the packaging and ensure all components of the blinds are accounted for.
Measure 150 millimeters in from the side of the top of the window frame and position one of the inside mounting brackets in this location. Secure the bracket with the included screws and repeat the process on the opposite side of the window frame.
Pick up the blinds and place the head rail over the hooks of the mounting bracket. Push gently back on the head rail of the blinds and push up to lock the blinds in place.
Slide the wand into its connector at the side of the blinds until it snaps securely in place.
Place the included cleat on the side of the window frame and secure it in place with the provided screws.
Now that the blinds have been installed, it is time to consider maintenance. The good thing about aluminum blinds is that regular light maintenance will eliminate the need for heavy cleaning down the line. To this end, owners will want to dust their blinds regularly (once a week).
Before any heavy cleaning, it is important to give the blinds a thorough once over with a micro-fiber cloth or mini vac. Then, the blinds can be cleaned using a solution of two cups vinegar and two cups of warm water and a soft cloth. However, those with painted blinds should forgo using this solution, as it may strip the paint.
By keeping these tidbits in mind, those looking to add new window coverings to their home or office have everything they need to properly install and maintain aluminum venetian blinds.