An Ultimate Guide: How to Install Roman Shades
Roman shades are different than the regular blinds and slides. First of all, they are made of one piece of fabric, and you need to hang them horizontally instead of the usual vertical hanging. Therefore, you should have complete details about how to install roman shades properly. The installation process is also different for interior mount and exterior mount. We have explained in detail all the steps you need to take in order to install roman shades perfectly.
The Interior Mount Method
Selecting the Interior Mount:
Interior mount can be great for square windows. You will have to look at the appropriate interior mount for sturdy window frames. It can bear the weight of the shades and provides a finished look.
Moreover, it can prevent the covering of the window frame molding. You will also have to attach it to the downward-facing surface of the ceiling.
Checking the Window Frame Level:
In some cases, window frames can have an uneven ceiling. For this, you will have to see if the level is even. You can perform this by holding the level against the ceiling of the frame.
Always keep the small bubble in the middle of the section marked. If the ceiling frame is not level, you will have to add small shims. The shims are the angled piece of wood easily available in the market.
This will make sure that there will be even levels. You need to use a hammer to pry off the unwanted moldings. Place the tapered end in the window frame's middle. Give a gentle tap to the shim that can increase the frame side. You will also have to raise your level after the frame is even.
The headrail is the shade's top metal piece that descends the shades. It lets you find the location so that you can mount the brackets.
For this, you need to take a tape measure and extend it to find the width of the window frames' interior. In some cases. You will have to use an exterior mount if the window frame is shorter than the headrail. You will have to mark the bracket locations with the help of a pencil.
Mark the endpoints so that there will be an exact length. Following this, you will have to measure it in 3 inches on either side. This will allow you to hang two brackets as it indicates the endpoints. You need to place an "X" mark to make screw holes. Repeat the process again and mark it in two locations.
Drilling Pilot Holes:
An electric drill serves great for easy drilling. Take a drill bit of 0.32 cm and make sure that the tip touches 1 of the marked spots. The pilot hole drilling has to be 1 inch deep.
Follow by drilling all the four marked locations. Non-drilled holes will splinter the woods that can cause damage. Line up the brackets and use a screwdriver to keep them in place.
You can do it by placing each bracket on the wall's marked location. For best results, you can use the screws and brackets that were included with the roman shades. Some can also come with specific guidelines that enable easy installation.
Securing the Shades:
By sliding the shades into place, you can secure the shades appropriately. There are twin brackets in roman shades, and you will have to attach them to the wall. Always keep the headrail at the center of the window.
At this time, you will have to secure the shades in the frame. You can give a sharp tug that will allow you to slide them into position. This will allow you to remove it with ease.
Lift the roman shade that will let you see the bottom of the brackets. Thread the shade kit in the two brackets. Use the screwdriver to securely tighten it to the headrail. It helps in secure installation and prevents popping out if there is a sharp tug.
Exterior Mount Method
Selection of Exterior Mount:
For shallow or rectangular window frames, an exterior mount can be great. It can cover the splintering window frame. With an exterior mount, your window will appear larger. It can also be suitable for window frames having a depth of fewer than 3 inches. You can measure it with the help of a tape measure.
The best way will be by measuring the window frame's interior. Measure from the bottom right corner to the top left corner. If the difference is more than 1.3 cm, then the window is suitable for an exterior mount.
The measure of the headrail allows for having the right installation. Measure the headrail and the window frame's top. Following this, you will also have to look at the midpoints of both distances.
Also, find the midpoint of the headrail. With the help of a pencil, you can mark the locations of the endcaps. Keep in mind that large roman shades can come with multiple brackets.
This will help to support the weight of the shade. You will also have to make additional markings to accommodate the extra brackets. By using a tape measure, you can mark both the locations with an "X". For multiple loose brackets, you can space them evenly over the shade's top.
Drilling Pilot Hole:
For plastic or drywall, you need to pre-drill pilot holes. This can help to prevent fractures due to their brittle nature. For this, you will also have to drill a hole through the wall with a drill bit of 0.32 cm. Make sure there are four pilot holes with a depth of 2.5 cm. If you are using concrete walls, then you will have to use a carbide drill. Carbide drills are sharper and can retain sharpness even after consistent use. Stone, tile, and bricks are dense, and a regular steel drill will not work. Use a carbide drill of 0.32 cm to make the pilot hole. Always make it deep by up to 2.5 cm.
Positioning the Brackets:
With the help of a screwdriver, you can position the brackets in the holes to line up. Always set the tip in the holes. Make it tight by screwing it clockwise. Repeat it for the second bracket. However, for shade installation, you will also have to get additional screws and brackets. There may also be requirements for toggle bolts and anchors. An exterior mount shade also comes with two indentations that can snap onto the brackets. Angle it carefully until it snaps into place. This will help to secure the headrail.
Adjusting the Shades:
After securing the headrail, you can cord a tug to confirm if it is secure. If it comes aways, then you need to check the screws and tighten them. You will also have to snip off the plastic loops that hold the blind in the closed position. Some designs may also require snapping the headrail in place. For cordless roman shades, you can make adjustments with the help of the handle. If you are looking to remove the headrail at a later date, you can tilt it down and give a strong tug.
Hopefully, the article has helped you to understand how to install roman shades both for interior and exterior mount. Roman shades are perfect for any home and even commercial buildings. Therefore, installing them properly is a necessity for them to function properly. Therefore, take your time to understand the steps and install successfully.