Unlike simpler forms of window treatment—such as curtains or roller blinds, for example—Venetian blinds are not that straightforward to fit. It is usually best to book a Venetian blinds installation contractor unless you know what you are doing because it is surprisingly easy to have them looking off-kilter. That said, there are some important factors to take into consideration whether or not you are conducting your own Venetian blinds installation. What should you be weighing up before fitting them?
Window Recessed Installations
One of the best things about hanging Venetian blinds within the recess of a window is that it will keep them out of the way. If you have any furniture that is pushed up against the wall where the window is situated, then you won't have to worry about the slats of the blind bumping into it when it is lowered. Usually, Venetian blinds can be made to fit hand-in-glove with window recesses so that they span from one side of the frame to the other and drop right onto the wind sill. However, non-standard windows will be required made-to-measure blinds to be fitted or you won't be able to block out all the light. You will also need to drill into the recess upwards from beneath to hang the blind which is harder to do than a horizontal method. That's why this sort of Venetian blinds installation is often best left to an expert.
Outside Recess Installations
You don't have to hang a Venetian blind from the recess of a window. It is quite possible to do so from the wall above the window. So long as you buy a Venetian blind that is large enough to hang down over the entire window, you will be able to achieve just the same level of privacy as doing so within the recess. This means you can buy standard blinds without needing to have them made to your exact measurements—cheaper option, of course.
Remember that you will need to be able to reach the control mechanisms on either side of the blind, however. This may restrict where you can place wall-mounted items, such as pictures and shelving units, for instance. Furthermore, although it is a bit easier to hang a Venetian blind outside of the window recess, it means the whole thing will stand proud when dropped.
Venetian Blinds Installations and Doors
Sliding glazed doors, such as patio doors, are suited to Venetian blinds because you can still open them even when the blind is down. Hinged doors are not suited to a Venetian blinds installation unless you hang the blind from the top of the door itself. This means that the slats can become damaged if they are allowed to move around in the wind, however.