Vertical blinds are a classic decoration detail. These pieces are available in different materials, such as natural fibers, linen, fabrics, suedes, and even heavy vinyl that darken the room. They can be designed with a simple, basic bottom rail. This is reinforced with hollow plastic, with a solid PVC bar or made with curved, decorative cutouts and fabric trimmings. Many of them can be made to measure.
Adjusting the blind for indoor installation
No window is the same size. Both height and width vary. There are standard sizes on the market, but as soon as they are installed, measurements can change. To obtain the exact size, measuring each window individually is important so that the blind can be customized and fit exactly in the chosen space. When measuring the window so that the shutter fits inside its frames, it is necessary to obtain several measurements, to have an exact idea of the correct size of the roll required. Using a tape measure, measure the inside of the window, at the top, middle and bottom stop. Then, measure the height inside the left side, the right side, and the center. If each measurement of width and height is the same, the window frame is probably aligned. If the measurements are not completely equivalent, the picture is misaligned. Out-of-square windows are more common than inline windows. This is why multiple measurements are required to find the ideal blind size. The verticals are installed using the “end to end” method. The fixing brackets are mounted on the sides of the window stops, leaving the blind hanging from the end of the roller itself. There is not much possibility of error with this method, so the measurements must be accurate.
Adjusting the blind for outdoor installation
Installing a vertical blind on the outside of the window frame will provide greater freedom for the dimensions of the blind and the amount of coverage it will provide. It can be mounted directly on the box (or frame) around the window. It can also be installed on the wall next to the window, with or without the frame around it. Different brackets are required to install the shutter inside or outside the frame. There is also a universal bracket, which can be used for indoor or outdoor installation. The correct measurement for outdoor installation depends on where you want to place your blind. The typical overlap is 3.8 cm more on each side of the window frames. For better coverage, and for the amount needed for a blackout blind, add a few more inches to the width. The measurements for the height of the blind follow a similar pattern. The maximum height of this type of blind is determined by its installation location. Add a few extra inches at the bottom of the window for better coverage.