Why DIY Blinds Don’t Always Last
Making the decision to install blinds over the traditional curtain and tie back combo, is becoming a popular trend. In general, real estate is getting smaller and so it is important to be careful on how we decorate our homes as we all want our homes to look open and spacious, instead of cramped and cluttered. There are various decisions to make when you decorate your home, especially when your budget looms over you restricting what you can and cannot do. This looming budget often leads people to “do it yourself” mode, where we start to think that we can do just about anything, which we can in most cases, but not always to our benefit. When it comes to choosing and installing blinds, this is one area that you may not want to skimp on, as it may cause you many headaches and grief along the way.
Why do I need help choosing Blinds?
When it comes to choosing blinds, there are various options to think about, various materials to consider, not to mention colours. It’s like falling into the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. When you decide that you are going to install blinds, you need to consider a few things, for example:
- The room
- The size of the windows
- How the windows open
- The colour of the room and the furniture inside the room
- How much light enters through the window
This is just the start of what you need to consider, there are a host of other considerations to think about as well. This is where professional help comes in handy. A person who has been in the blinds industry for many years will be able to look at your home, the windows where you are wanting to install blinds, and they will be able to take into consideration various factors, and advise you on what blinds would work well with the space you have.
A professional knows what options are out there, just as you are an expert in your field or industry, a person who deals with blinds on a daily basis is a professional in their industry. They know what products are out there. A professional will be able to advise you on the different materials blinds are made from; be it shearweave, wood, aluminum venetian, fabric and so on. They will also be able to elaborate on the different types of blinds from vertical, roller and exterior blinds. The combinations vary widely, therefore getting some help is a good idea.
You don’t want to be in the position of going through all the effort of looking through countless catalogues, measuring your windows, drilling and installing, only to discover that once you are done, the blind doesn’t look as good as what you had pictured, or you measured incorrectly and the blind is too short or too long, or countless other eventualities. Saving a few bucks and going the diy route may cost you more in the long run, and you may not have the satisfaction of enjoying your space.
Getting a professional to help you choose blinds will help you, and benefit you, in the long run. A professional would be able to advise you on the best possible blind, and will probably be able to source the blind for you at the best possible rate. Not to mention, a professional knows how to measure windows, as there are various considerations when it comes to that too.
Why should I get a professional to Install my Blinds?
Blind installation is not as easy as it looks. No matter how many videos you watch on Youtube, or how many instruction manuals you read, it is no easy task to install blinds.
When it comes to taking the measurements alone, you need to decide if it is best for your blind to be recess or facefix. Hold on a minute? What does that even mean?
- Recess is when your blind fits inside your window frame
- Facefix is when your blind fits on the outside of your window frame
There are different ways to measure for both of these different types of blinds, and it can easily go wrong. By getting a professional to install your blinds, you can be sure that the measurements will be taken correctly, and that your blind will fit exactly how you have anticipated them to fit.
Here are some advantages to having your blinds installed professionally:
You are guaranteed to have quality installation.
There won’t be any reason to avoid lifting that certain blind because the brackets weren’t installed correctly. Your blinds will look perfect, and you will have ease when it comes to opening and closing them.
You are guaranteed to have a clean, professional look.
A blind installer will not put multiple holes in your window frames or walls, as the measurements would have been taken meticulously. The installer will also have the correct tools on hand if the blind needs to be modified at all.
You are guaranteed to save your sanity, and your back.
If you have ever installed blinds, or even curtains for that matter, you know the toll it takes on your back. When installing blinds, you are up on the ladder for hours, measuring, remeasuring, drilling, holding screws in your mouth, dropping screws so you have to climb down the ladder to retrieve them etc. The job is a schlep, and a lot of hard work. Save your sanity, and your back, and get a professional installer.
Getting a professional in to advise you on what blind would look and work best for you, as well as getting a professional installer in to install your blinds, may cost more than the diy option. However, when it comes to considering the time you will spend poring over catalogues and magazines, a professional will be able to advise you on what would be best in a fraction of the time. Not to mention the mammoth task it is to install blinds. A professional blinds installer would install your blinds with excellence, ensuring you are thrilled with the outcome.