Why would you want to remove blinds from your window? Isn’t it an easy DIY task? We thought so too. Here is how to remove blinds from your window.
What are Window Blinds?
Blinds are a popular window treatment that serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. They are composed of slats that tumble down the blind as it is lowered or can be pulled across a window to stack lengthwise, to the side.
Window blinds have many functions such as maintaining the privacy of your room, keeping the light out of a room and keeping the room warmer or cooler depending on the season.
A blind has louvers that rotate back and forth to control the light and privacy of your room. With individual horizontal slats, blinds can be raised or lowered to fine tune the amount of light that you let in the room. The most common blind materials are wood, metal and Vinyl. This is the reason why blinds are often considered as ‘hard’ window treatment.
Why should you choose window blinds? Window blinds are easy to maintain: you only have to wipe off the slats with a duster or cloth. Compared to window shades, blinds offer more light control options. The slats can be tilted and adjusted to let in your desired amount of light. Another advantage of window blind is their classic beauty.
Window blinds have a longer service life because they are mostly made from hard materials. They are also the recommended window treatment in high traffic areas.
The price of window blinds varies depending on the material used. Nonetheless, they are cheaper than other types of window treatments.
Window blinds can be mounted inside or outside the frame. An inside mount gives you a cleaner look while an outside mount is used to make the room look wider or to hide an unattractive window.
Types of Blinds
When it comes to home décor, blinds are among the first things that you should consider. Window blinds are not just a form of “Window dressing”, they also serve practical functions such as insulation.
Each type of window blind is suited for a different function. When choosing a blind, you have to consider the function that it is intended to perform.
If you are considering blinds for your window coverage, take a look at the following different types of blinds to help you decide which one will work best for your home:
Contrary to the popular belief, Venetian blinds are thought to have their origin in Persia, and not in Venice. These blinds are a smart and stylish choice for many homeowners in the US.
Venetian window blinds are still a popular choice even though many more new varieties have been introduced into the market. They have several advantages over other types of window blinds. Firstly, venetian blinds offer a variety of style and color attributes. They also offer full control over the lighting levels in your house. Lastly, they have an easy-to-use tilt mechanism.
Vertical blinds, as the name suggests, are a series of vertical slats that hang from a track. They hang vertically from the top of the window, towards the ground. Vertical blinds are mostly found on sliding doors and tall windows.
Like Venetian blinds, vertical blinds are also available in different materials and patterns making them incredibly versatile.
Roman blinds are made from fabric that is designed to hang straight and flat when down and pleat when raised. They have been around for decades, unlike modern-day counterparts such as vertical and roller blinds.
Roman blinds are made from different types of fabric including silk and linen cotton. They allow for easy and effective control of light as they give a good window coverage.
Pleated shades are made of cloth and they can roll up and down to the height you need and want. The height of the shades will depend on the amount of light you want to let into your home.
Pleated shades are amazingly affordable and easy to install. They are commonly found in living rooms and a popular choice for those who like to install the window coverings themselves.
Simply put, roller blinds are window blinds made from a stiffened fabric attached to a timber or aluminum roller. They are considered more flexible and versatile than other types of window blinds.
Roller blinds are made from different materials – aluminum, wood, fabric and Vinyl. They also come in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs.
Important Features of Blinds to Consider
Before buying a set of window blinds, you may want to consider what you type you want and what function you want them to perform.
So, below are important factors that you should consider before making that blinds purchase decision:
Simply put, thermal insulation is the reduction of heat transfer between objects in thermal contact or in range of radiative influence. As a homeowner, you are constantly faced with the issue of keeping the heat in when it is winter and keeping it out when it is summer.
Most modern blinds have the advantage of being versatile. They can be tilted down toward the room to allow more light in when it is cold outside. When it gets too hot outside, the blinds are tilted away from the house blocking the sun.
Light Blocking Properties
Window blinds block light giving your room privacy. When shopping for a window blind, go for an option that matched what you want. Blinds that completely shut and have wider slats are recommended if you want more privacy. These blinds have a higher light-blocking ability.
The need for privacy is one of the main reasons why install blinds in our rooms. The level of privacy needed depends on the type of room. Bedrooms require more privacy than living rooms and kitchens.
The amount of privacy desired determines the type of blind you will choose. If you want more privacy, then you better choose an option that doesn’t allow people to see into your house but allows you to see through them.
Manual or Automatic
Manual window blinds allow you to adjust the blinds with a cord that you pull down to lift the slats, and release to have them lowered back down.
Automatic window blinds allow you to close all blinds in the room at the same time without getting up. Lowering and raising the blinds back up throughout the day can be inconveniencing. This can also be impossible for hard-to-reach places.
Motorized window blinds have several advantages over manual blinds. They are not only great for convenience and comfort- they also offer more energy savings.
Cordless blinds are a convenient and safe window treatment option. They are operated with a gentle push or pull on the bottom rail to push the blind at any height. Blinds with the traditional lift cord are not safe for children and pets. Cordless blinds have the benefit of having a clean and uncluttered look.
Window blinds come in a huge range of different forms. They are also made from a different range of materials as discussed below:
Wooden blinds are commonly associated window the venetian style. Window blinds are a popular choice among homeowners because of their warm appearance. The main limitation of wooden blinds is that they are hard to maintain and cost more than other types of window blinds.
Most window blinds are made out of aluminum. Aluminum blinds are known for their sturdiness. Aluminum blinds are a popular choice because aluminum doesn’t rust easily and it is relatively cheaper. Lastly, aluminum is great at reflecting not only light, but also heat.
Plastic blinds are made out of Vinyl like PVC. Plastic blinds are the most affordable type of window blinds. They are also highly resistant to wear and tear and extreme weather. Plastic blinds have another advantage of being available in a variety of colors that can match the décor of your home.
Faux wood, also referred to as composite wood, is a mixture of wood and synthetic plastic materials such as PVC. Faux wood blinds have the dual advantage of achieving the elegant look of wood while keeping the low maintenance benefits of metal and plastic. These blinds are suitable for kitchens and bathrooms thanks to their high moisture-resistance ability.
A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remove Blinds from your Window
There are various reasons why you may want to remove blinds from your window. Perhaps you would like to replace your dirty or broken blinds. Another reason could be that you would like to replace the blinds with wooden shutters.
Fully Open the Blinds
Open the windows all way so that they don’t damaged during removal. Pull the cords of the blinds all the way down until the blinds are pressed against the metallic bar at the top of the window.
Remove Top Cover
The cover located at the top of the blinds is removed so that you can access the brackets holding the blinds in place. Caution is needed when pushing or pulling the cover as too much pressure can break it into many little pieces.
Find the Brackets
Different types of blinds are mounted differently to the wall at the top of the window. Take a closer look at the top of the blinds so as to find the brackets that hold the blinds in place.
Pop the Blinds Loose
Use a flat head screwdriver to pop open the clips holding the brackets in place. Make sure the blinds do not fall as you pop the brackets.
Remove the Blinds from the Window
Finally, grab the top of the blinds with your two hands, one near each end. Holding the blinds evenly, pull the blinds outward toward the middle of the room and away from the window.