Whether the wife’s nagging at you to do those DIY jobs you’ve been promising to do for ages (although you can’t remember agreeing to them) or you’re just wanting to try out that new drill you’ve just bought, this week I’m bringing you an easy-to-follow post on installing window shutters.
I think it’s something I’ll be doing in the not-too-distant future.
So here’s how:
Get the Right Tools
If you haven’t just bought a shiny new drill, it may be time to invest in one. For this job, you’re going to need a drill, screwdrivers, a spirit level, tape measure, pencil, damp cloth, screws etc. (the screws will probably be provided with the shutters).
It’s also a good idea to find a reputable brand to buy your shutters from because the last thing you need is ill-fitting frames, poor quality fittings and wonky blinds.
Drill Fixing Holes
Once your shutters are assembled (they may come pre-assembled which is great), lift them into situ. An L-shaped frame may need packing in at either side or you may need to centre it.
You will also need to create some fixing holes at the top – where these are will depend on the style of the blinds. Mark holes by using your drill to partially drive the screws in (or get your trusty pencil).
Once you’ve got the right location, fully drill the hole before putting raw plugs in place.
Position the Shutter
Now, lift the frame back into the window and fit the frame loosely to the wall by drilling your screws partially into the holes. This should allow you to make any adjustments if you need to and will enable you to mark the rest of the holes as you’ve done before.
Remove the Panels to Fix the Frame
Now you’ve got your markers in place, carefully remove the panels from the frame by taking out the hinge pins. Release your frame from the window so you can now drill each of the new holes properly. Then fix your frame properly in place before attaching the panels back to it.
Finish the Edges
You may need to make some slight adjustments to the position and spacing of your panels before you fix the hinges securely in place. If there are any gaps left after you’ve finished, seal them in with some decorator’s sealant, wiping off any excess while you’re at it.
Even though these are a little bit more of a faff than your bog-standard blinds, I have to say, they do look far more attractive once finished (and they’re more practical as well).
This post was sourced for dadvworld.com but my god I think I’m going to need it. I’m useless at DIY but do need some new blinds…
Thanks for reading,
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