How Wide Should Blinds Be Inside Mount?

As a homeowner, you may wonder how wide the blinds should be inside the mount. Fortunately, we have done some research for you, and here is what we found.

The size of the blinds varies based on the window size. Inside mount blinds should have a minimum gap of ½ inch to look attractive. To get the precise width of the blind, take off ¼ inch on both sides.

Blind installation is an easy-to-do task. However, for the best result, it is necessary to get good measurements. Keep reading to get detailed information on how to install blinds inside the mount.

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How Wide Should Blinds Be Inside Mount?

Depending on the actual window size, the exact width of the blinds may differ significantly. For the inside mount installation, a gap of about 1/2 inch is often needed for the blinds to fit well and appear good.

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The window should be between ½ to 1 inch past the blind's side. Therefore, a 41.5-inch-wide blind with a 1/4-inch overlap on each side is needed for a window that is 42 inches wide. Depending on the size of the mount you have, you can modify this rule.

If your window has a width of 36 inches, a blind of about 35.5 inches wide (a half inch smaller) or 35" is needed so that they can comfortably fit inside 36 inches opening. 

Why Is It Important To Measure Blinds?

During installation, measuring the width of your blind may seem pointless and time-consuming. However, there are several advantages to doing so which include the following:

Measuring Blinds Help In Achieving The Perfect Fit

If you don't measure your blinds correctly before getting down to work, they may not fit the windows they are meant to cover. If the measurements are slightly incorrect, the blinds won't fit properly, negating the aesthetic appearance they would otherwise provide. 

In short, the blinds can be rendered useless if they don't fit the windows they are intended to cover.

As a result, you must know, measure, and record the dimensions correctly before you start working. To ensure the dimensions are precise, you may even contact a specialist like blind installation services.

It Saves Time, Effort, And  Money

It can also help save time, effort, and money. First off, going blinds shopping would be a complete waste of time if you don't know the precise dimensions of your windows. 

Second, by measuring your windows for blinds' width before purchase, you will avoid getting the incorrect size which may result in spending money on another one.

Easy Installation

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It is crucial to choose the exact size of your blinds before purchase so that the installation process will go well. Additionally, it saves you from having to start over with the installation process once you realize the blinds are too big or too small for the windows.

The installation process will be quick and simple once you have the correct dimensions for the blinds before installation, and you can then appreciate the advantages they provide.

Where Should Blinds Be Placed Inside Mount?

Blinds inside mounts should ideally be positioned to be uniformly spaced along the window frame. You can determine this by taking the window frame's width into account.

The brackets for the blinds are either screwed into the sides or the "ceiling" of the window aperture. This will offer you the best appearance since they can be installed as often as you need and fit inside the window frame.

You can put the blinds inside if your windows have a large sill. When choosing inside mounted blinds, privacy and energy efficiency should be considered.

What Size Blind Is Required For 35 Inch Window Inside Mount?

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Since blinds should be 1/2 to 1inch less than the actual size of the window inside the mount, a 35-inch window will fit well with a blind of 34.5 or 34 inches.

Inside mount measurements are fairly simple to take. It is simple to measure the window frame's height and width and obtain the proper measurements.

How Do I Install Blinds Inside Mount?

Once you are familiar with these basic procedures, installing blinds is easy. Follow these steps to install bins inside the mount:

Step 1: Determine Your Window Type

First of all, determine how deep your window is. You might be able to install blinds inside the mount to the existing drywall if your window is quite deep, so you don't have to bother about the window frame or trim.

Step 2: Measure the Width of Your Window

To begin, measure the window's width from center to center, bottom to bottom, and top to top. The proper operation of the blind depends on certain metrics. These metrics are critical for the blind to function properly.

The shortest or narrowest of the three width measures should then be rounded down to the nearest 1/8".

Step 3: Measure The Inside Height Of Your Window

Three height measurements inside the window opening should be taken, starting from the top of the window opening and going all the way down to the bottom of the window.

Take the longest measurement after taking a single measurement in each of the three locations: left, center, and right. 

Reduce the height by a quarter inch if you would prefer the blind not to rest on the bottom of the window. If there isn't a sill on your window, measure to where you want the blind to hang.

Step 4: Drill Hole For The Brackets

Prepare the two brackets that are included with your blinds by drilling pilot holes.

Start with the bracket that opens to the right by placing it against the top left of the window frame's interior, then drill a hole using a bit attached that is just a bit smaller than your screws. Continue in the same manner with the bracket to the left

Step 5: Screw The Brackets Into Position

Remove the drill and put in the screw that comes with the blind. While holding the left-hand bracket in place, drill the screws into the prepared pilot holes. 

To completely secure the bracket in place, drill each screw as far as possible. On the other side of your frame, repeat this procedure. For each bracket, most blinds are delivered with 2-4 screws. For the tightest fitting, use as many screws as you can.

Step 6: Install The Valence And Headrail

You probably have a valence, which is a cover that fits over the top railing of your blinds to cover up the brackets. However, before installing the valence, slide the headrail (the top section of the blinds) into the brackets one side at a time. 

You may install the valance by following the instructions with your blinds. Typically, the valance is slid over the top railing of the blinds after being fastened to a few clips.

You are ready to go as soon as your valence is fastened. Continue installing the rest of the blinds in the same manner as you did with the first one.

How Deep Should Inside Mount Blinds Be?

For a blind to be perfect inside mount, a minimum of 3/4 inch of window depth is needed to attach the brackets. If the depth of the window is higher, the blinds won't be flush, but you can still install them inside the window frame. 

However, if your window is shallow and less than ¾ in-depth, your blinds will need to be mounted outside the window frame to secure the brackets. Any less than three and a half inches may result in unstable blinds that are very likely to fall.

Does It Matter If Blinds Are Too Long?

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No, it doesn't matter if a blind is too long or, more specifically, if it is longer than the required minimum length. The extra length can still be rolled up around the tube at the top, so there are no functional problems, and it isn't noticeable.

However, if your blinds are fitted inside the window frame or opening, your may need to cut off the excess as shades and blinds must properly suit the window's dimensions.

To Wrap Up

When the blinds installed are inside the mount, you have more control over the light entering your home. However, you need to install them correctly to get the best result. Inside mount blinds are recommended to have a minimum gap of ½ inch.

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