How to Install Vertical Panel Blinds That is Recently in Trend

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We fully understand how excited you are when receiving the package contains your new set of adjustable sliding panel blinds and can hardly wait to unpack it. However, we still recommend you read our installation guide as follows, you will learn how easy it is to correctly install your new window blinds.

Before you read on, make sure you have measured your window frame and decided whether your blinds are going to be mounted inside or outside. The blinds will be installed differently depending on which mounting method you choose.

Parts and Prepare Tools for Installation

First, carefully check the instruction manual and identify all the parts of window treatment hardware are all included. Then prepare the needed tools before your installation.

Window Treatment Hardware

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Needed Tools

  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Steel tape measure (generally more accurate than wooden ruler or clothing measuring tape)
  • Level
  • Pliers
  • Scissors or tailor shears (can keep the panels nice and sharp)
  • Ladder
  • Pencil

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Wall Mount Installation (a)

If you decide to go for an outside mount to let the vertical blinds cover your window and frame entirely, then you will probably need a level to ensure the track is mounted level. Before installing your outside-mounted blinds, read and follow the instructions that come with your blinds thoroughly to understand the installation process.

Step 1-a Adjust The Track Width

Extend the 4-rail track to the width you need. The track is adjustable anywhere from 45.8” to 86” wide. DO NOT overextend it as it may cause to separate completely.

vertical blind track

Step 2-a Mark The Screws Position

First, cut along the dashed line to separate cardboard A and B. We are going to use the cardboards to determine and mark the locations of the bracket screws.

blinds installation cardboard

Align cardboard A against the left side to mark 2 screw points of the bracket holes. Align the same cardboard against the right side to mark another 2 screw points afterwards. Make sure the points are level.

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Then find the center of your window and mark lightly with the pencil. Next, use cardboard B to mark the central screw point for your window. Ensure the dashed line is in the middle of the pencil mark you just made, and the bottom of screw marker goes against the wall. After that, mark the screw point.

mounting points for blinds

wall mount blinds pencil mark

If you don’t want to use the screw marker, you can also use a steel tape measure to draw screw points as the image below. You can use a level to make sure that these 5 screw points are completely on the same level.

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Step 3-a Bracket Positioning

Now, be mindful! This is a very important step about how to secure your blinds correctly. Before mounting your brackets to the wall, make sure the mounting surface is flat and well-spaced with a minimum 2.5 inches of bracket height.

Tighten the mounting brackets on to L bracket by using nuts and Ⓐ connector screws together. The brackets must be screwed tightly to secure the headrail. Hold the connected brackets in place, line up the hole and the screw point, then insert the brackets to the wall by using Ⓒ bracket screws, but don’t drive these screws too tight yet. When installing on cement walls, you can use the Ⓑ wall anchors for a more secure hold inside of the wall.

How to wall mount brackets

Then slide down the brackets and now it is time to tighten screws for securing the brackets.

How to wall mount brackets

Step 4-a Attach Headrail onto Brackets

Before insert the track, make sure you have turned the long side of all mounting brackets outwards. Then insert the middle mounting bracket into the groove on the headrail first, rotate the mounting brackets towards the left and push firmly to secure. Note that the front side of the track is with Velcro strips; and the order of the rails is irreversible.

Next, lock the remaining 4 brackets after extending the track to your desired length. Make sure the mounting brackets are tightened inside the groove and all the brackets are correctly and firmly installed. We recommend additional hands to finish this step.

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How to install vertical blinds

After the track is inserted, the remaining depth between the track and the wall is ca. 0.8 inch. If there is molding surrounding your window and the bracket is not deep enough for your blinds covering the molding, you might need to add spacer blocks to give more clearance between the mounting surface and the L brackets. They are an ideal choice if you want to hold the blinds a little bit farther away from your window to avoid hitting the frame or moldings.

depth between track and wall

Please refer to Step 5 to complete the installation following by Step 4b of ceiling mount installation.

Ceiling Mount Installation (b)

If you prefer to mount the blinds inside your actual window frame and are not willing to cover your decorative window trim up, follow the directions of ceiling mount as below.

First, put the following parts that are not required for ceiling mount away in order to avoid confusion during the installation.

blinds installation parts

Step 1-b Adjust The Track Width

Extend the 4-rail track to the width you need. The track is adjustable anywhere from 45.8” to 86” wide. DO NOT overextend it as it may cause to separate completely.

vertical blind track

Step 2-b Mark The Screws Position

When ceiling mounting, accurate measurement is critical as you want your blinds to fit the window frame with less light leakage. Note that the minimum depth of the window frame is at least 2.5 inches for anchoring the mounting brackets on.

First, cut along the dotting line to separate cardboard A and B. We are going to use the cardboards to determine and mark the locations of the bracket screws.

blinds installation cardboard

Align cardboard A against the left side to mark 2 screw points of the bracket holes. Align the same cardboard against the right side to mark another 2 screw points afterwards.

mounting points for ceiling mount

Then find the center of your window frame and mark lightly with the pencil. Next, use cardboard B to mark the central screw point for your window frame. Ensure the dashed line is in the middle of the pencil mark you just made, and the bottom of screw marker goes along the edge of the window frame. After that, mark the screw point.

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ceiling mount pencil mark

If you don’t want to use the screw marker, you can also use a steel tape measure to draw screw points as the image below. You can use a level to make sure that these 5 screw points are completely on the same level.

ceiling mount installation

Step 3-b Bracket Positioning

Tighten the mounting brackets to the ceiling with Ⓒ bracket screws. Make sure the mounting surface is flat and well-spaced with a minimum 2.5 inches of track depth. When installing on cement surface, you can use the Ⓑ wall anchors for a more secure hold inside.

How to ceiling mount brackets

Step 4-b Attach Headrail onto Brackets

Before you insert the track, make sure the long side of all mounting brackets have been turned outwards. Insert the middle mounting bracket into the groove on the headrail first, rotate the mounting brackets towards the left and push firmly to secure. Note that the front side of the track is with Velcro strips; and the order of the rails is irreversible.

Then lock the remaining 4 brackets after extending the track to the length that fits neatly inside your window frame. Make sure the mounting brackets are tightened inside the groove and all the brackets are correctly and firmly installed. We recommend additional hands to finish this step.

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How to install vertical blinds

Step 5 Trim The Panels

Measure and determine your desired height and mark lines on panels. Cut out the unwanted length of the panels with tailor shears to keep the fabric nice and sharp. Be careful NOT TO CUT from Velcro strips that are sewed across the top edges of each panel.

How to cut penal blinds

After trimming your panels, insert the edge of the fabric into the bottom bars, then put the slices inside the bars. Next, use Allen wrench to screw Ⓓ set screws into the holes of bottom bars on flat surface to fix the panels, bottom bars, and the slices together.

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screw blinds bottom bar

Lastly, apply 4 bumper pads on the front and back side of bottom bars, avoiding scratches and noises when the bars bump each other.

blinds bottom bar

Step 6 Attach The Panels

Before attaching the panels onto the sliding rails, put the transparent anti-fray clips on the leftmost and the rightmost panels from the top near Velcro sides. The clips can protect the fabric panels while using the wands to open/close the window treatments.

Next, attach panels with Velcro strips starting from the leftmost panel closest to the window, then align the vertical line of the wall or window. Align other remaining panels with the edge of the first attached panel instead of aligning the rails. Hook the Child Safe control wands to the leading and ending sliding rails.

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Step 6 Operate Your Blinds

Finally, check if the panels line up properly and adjust the Velcro at the top if any panel needs levelling. Now, test your blinds by drawing the panels slowly across the track. We always recommend draw the panels at 45 degrees with pulling wands for better operation. You can open and close the panels from left to right or from right to left by simply pulling and pushing the wand toward the desired side.

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closet blinds operation

Advantages of Adjustable Sliding Panels

Congrats, installation complete! While enjoying your new sliding vertical blinds, you may want to know more about the adaptability and versatility of the vertical blinds. Here you go!

Swap Blinds Whenever You Want

Updating the window coverings is the simplest ways to create the feel and look in any space. All the GoDear Design panel fabrics are easy to attach with Velcro and can be swapped in different seasons and needs. There is no specific rule on blinds matching, you can pair colors among our bold and low-profile window blinds for a more striking layered effect. Now, no more worries about how to change your window blinds.

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Self-Customize Desired Length

Multi-purpose window treatment such as adjustable sliding blinds can easily be self-customized for any spaces. The mechanism does not have a bottom track, you can simply trim the vertical panel to needed length for your half window and pet door. Roller shades are no more the only option to half-windows.

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Creative Ways to Divide Space

A set of GoDear Design sliding panel blinds that weighs ca. 9-11 pounds are durable enough under normal use. When installing as a room divider, you can use drywall anchors which are not supplied with our blinds to fasten the track virtually. Always make sure to pick up the right fittings from your local DIY store. Though vertical panel blinds are an ideal solution for separating a space into small and distinct areas, we always recommend evaluate whether or not your home construction are suitable for installing one.

blinds and room divider

When Sliding Rails Get Stuck

When you find the sliding rails get stuck in the track and you can’t smoothly operate the blinds, check if the panels were attached properly first. The rails might get stuck in the gap. If the sliding rails are disconnected and each rail runs along the headrail individually, reconnect them one after another to fix the problem. The interconnected rails will work smoothly after this adjustment.

how to reconnect blinds rails

Installing vertical blinds can be really easy if you followed our step-by-step guide above. Don’t forget to snap a few photos and share the new look with us on social media.

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