Window blinds are an item in the home that may need to be replaced every few years, especially if you have purchased the cheaper ones that bend and eventually break. Luckily, they are very easy to replace on your own and can make the window look much more attractive than ratty, broken window blinds. For this project you will need a measuring tape, a step ladder, a screw driver.
Measuring for Blinds
You will need to start by taking accurate measurements. You should measure at the top, middle and bottom of the window across to get three separate measurements for width. You need three measurements in order to determine what the narrowest width across is. If mounting blinds on the inside of the window then this is the measurement you will use. This is true even if the narrowest portion of the window is not at the top where you will be mounting them. If you purchase blinds to fit at the top and the bottom is more narrow, the blinds will not hang correctly. If you are mounting blinds on the outside of the window you will take measurements allowing for an inch or two on both sides of the window.
Shopping for Blinds
Now that you have your measurements, it is time to go shopping. You may want to choose faux wood or wood blinds to get longer use out of them rather than the cheap vinyl ones. Many blinds come in white, cream and real wood color. Depending on the types of blinds you are ordering, they may need to be special ordered and picked up later or some blinds are cut for you right there on site. You will also need to purchase mounting hardware for either the inside or outside of the window unless the old hardware can be reused.
Removing the Old Blinds
Pull the blinds all the way up so they are gathered at the top, this will make it easier to carry them down once they are detached. Using a step ladder, climb up and see how the old blinds are hung. You will probably see the mounting hardware on each end with a front square of the bracket that should slide right out. After this is removed the blinds should slide right out. Other blinds are latched into the brackets on the top of the window frame and can be detached by wedging a screwdriver between the top of the blinds and the top of the hardware and prying them loose. After removing the old blinds, unscrew the mounting hardware with your screwdriver unless you can reuse it for the new blinds. There should only be a couple of screws
Hanging New Blinds
New hardware can be mounted on either the inside or outside of the window frame, depending on where you have decided to hang the blinds, using the screwdriver and stepladder once again. The new blinds can be easily hung by inserting the blinds either into the mounting hardware or the brackets. Pull the cord to release the blinds down and try them out to ensure they are working correctly.