How To Replace Vertical Blinds With Curtains
A lot of homeowners these days prefer vertical blinds over curtains. As a busy person living in an apartment unit amidst a bustling city, I was used to getting along well with the vertical blinds installed by the owner of my unit.
However, I wanted change, and bring back the homey feel usually incorporated by hanging curtains at home. Finally, I decided to replace my vertical blinds with curtains.
When compared, curtains have the capacity to open and close easier than vertical blinds. If you are currently using vertical blinds at home, replacing them with curtains may sound like a good idea. But the question is, how can it be done? If you have not tried it before, you may feel that the process can be daunting. The good news is that, I have discovered that it is easier than you think.
I have come up with the following guide on how to replace vertical blinds and curtains. By doing so, you can finally give your home a different feel, and at the same time choose a good curtain that can best represent your style and preferences.
Let’s do it the simplest way possible and get things started!
Here are the things that you will need for this procedure:
- Tape Measure
- Curtain Rods
A tape measure is needed in order to ensure that the brackets that are located on each of the sides are equal to the top and the sides of your window. You can use any tape measure you have, from the standard type, to the metal measure that is used in most homes.
This is where you will mount your curtain, and will hold it from the top. There are different types of curtain rods that are available these days. The rods, themselves, serve as a decorating fixture. Therefore, it is best to choose curtain rods with color that is either neutral, or one that can complement the color of your curtains. It is also important to get the right length, based on your measurement.
Brackets are necessary as they will hold your curtain rod. There are also different styles of brackets that you can select from. You may want to use those golden or metal brackets, or the plastic ones, it is entirely up to your preference. As an alternative option, you may also want to use drapery hooks to hold everything together. Drapery hooks give a different feel to your curtains when attached.
Pliers would come in handy during the removal, and in the attachment of brackets.
Step by Step Instructions:
Step 1: Remove the Vertical Blinds
Remove the old, prepare for the new. This is done by removing the vertical blinds from your windows. Removing them is easy to do. To complete the process, unscrew the brackets. You will have to install a different set of brackets which will accommodate your curtains later on.
At this point, you may also have to remove any treatments on the window, cleaning everything off before you start with the attachment of the curtain.
Step 2: Take the Measurements
To start off, measure your windows. As a general rule of thumb, your curtains should be about 1/3 to 2/3 wider compared to the width of your windows.
Step 3: Install the New Brackets
I’m talking about the curtain brackets here. I have discovered when I was changing my vertical blinds with curtains that this part is actually tricky. In fact, it is time consuming. However, once you have finally achieved the right measurement, and mastered the step, everything else is just a breeze.
Step 4: Attach the Curtain
First, you need to insert your curtain to the curtain rods. Afterwards, install the curtain rods to the brackets. The length of your curtains is entirely up to you, as the procedure is just the same.
Step 5: Check for Necessary Alterations
At this point, you can take the time to measure the overall length of your curtains in order to see if there is anything that need to be done, especially if you need them hemmed or trimmed. Aside from attaching the brackets, this is the nest time consuming part, as it is up to you to make your curtains more decorative and appealing. If there are any alterations required, you can remove the curtains first, and complete the changes.
Step 6: Hang the Curtain Again and Enjoy!
Now that everything is done, you can now hang the curtain again and enjoy the new decoration you have at home! Right at the very moment when you install your new curtains, you will immediately feel the changes associated with it.
Note: The length of time that you will expect to consume for the entire process may vary, depending on the number of curtains that you will install, as well as other factors, including the length of the curtains, the previous window treatments that you have to remove, as well as the alterations that you want to implement on the new curtains.
There you go, I have made the guide as simple as possible in order to help you complete your own project of replacing your vertical blinds with curtains. Did you enjoy it? I am sure that you are now ready to replace those old blinds and finally buy that curtain that you have been wanting to introduce to your home for the longest time.
What do you think? If you have any other suggestions, or anything that you want to say about the guide above, feel free to share your thoughts at the comment section below. You may also want to share this article if you like it, and help others who are in the same plight as us. Let’s work towards improving living at home, and start by changing the way your home looks with the use of curtains!