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Has anyone put up their blinds themselves?

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whataboutbob Sun 13-Sep-20 10:51:24

I have ordered made to measure blinds for the kitchen. Can I aim to put them up or should I hire a tradesman? I have DHs tools for the job but unfortunately he won’t be around to do it himself.

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WaxOnFeckOff Sun 13-Sep-20 11:04:50

We put all ours up. I'm sure I'm perfectly capable but I did leave it all to DH and DS as I do most other things. The instructions are usually pretty straight forward, the difficult but is establishing what material you are drilling into as I think virtually all of ours has a mixture of plaster, wood or brick.

Mutunus Sun 13-Sep-20 12:24:25

If you've never done anything like this before then perhaps get a friend with a bit of experience to help you. At least you'll have someone to help hold up the blind.

madcatladyforever Sun 13-Sep-20 12:29:19

Yeah, hit a lintel and accidentally made a 6 inch drill hole when all the plaster fell out.
I'm normally quite good at DIY.

user165423256322 Sun 13-Sep-20 12:37:05

Yes, it's really not that difficult. Look on YouTube.

PlanDeRaccordement Sun 13-Sep-20 12:40:53

Yes. It’s not hard with the right tools. I agree, try YouTube. There are many helpful how to videos on there. Or, call a friend who has done it before. A friend just taught me how to lay a stone fireplace hearth with lime mortar for example. She’s going to show me brick laying next year because she has to repair her garden wall.

Seeingadistance Sun 13-Sep-20 13:05:09

Yes.

It’s usually pretty straightforward. Measure carefully before you drill, and use a spirit level to make sure it’s straight.

As pps have said, most likely problem is hitting something unexpected when you start drilling.

kizkiz Sun 13-Sep-20 17:15:17

Or do what we did with a recessed window. My dw measured a little too exactly. Blinds were the exact width of the window to the millimetre. I just bashed it in with a rubber mallet. No drilling. No fixings. It's as solid as anything. Lol

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sun 13-Sep-20 17:18:08

My DH put up all of the blinds in our house. I probably could have done it if I had any inclination to try.

TheHighestSardine Sun 13-Sep-20 17:42:57

Yes, it should be easy. If you're inexperienced at drilling walls, find a plastered wall somewhere unobtrusive to practice first - cupboard under the stairs or garage or something. It's easy once you've done a couple of holes, so it's best if those first couple of holes aren't where you need them to be done perfectly!

Mark the locations with pencil through the holes in the mount brackets. Use a smaller drill bit than needed for the first inch because it's easier to get it to go in exactly the right place with a smaller bit, then go in again with the right size bit to drill as deep as the plastic rawlplug is long. That's it really, repeat until done.

Murmurur Sun 13-Sep-20 20:25:43

Very doable if you can side mount them. If they need to be mounted into the "ceiling" of a recess, the lintel is a PITA.

nancyjuice7 Sun 13-Sep-20 20:45:01

I put all our blinds up, Roman style. From blinds2go I think.

Easy, made a few mistakes but started in the back bedroom so by time downstairs I was a pro

mumwon Sun 13-Sep-20 21:17:37

look up youtube smile

whataboutbob Tue 15-Sep-20 21:25:08

Thanks everyone for your advice. Obviously I have checked YouTube, but it’s always good to get “ real” peoples views smile. @kizkiz I’m hoping I didn’t measure too exactly! @Murmurur I believe they can be side mounted. @PlanDeRaccordement it is satisfying to master a new DIY skill which is why I’m hoping to do it myself. Have ordered made to measure but they won’t be here till the end of the month so that gives me plent y of time to watch more YouTube videos. Thanks again all.

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