Understanding Inside And Outside Mount For Window Blinds

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Window BlindsMost people would want some form of covering for their windows. And for many homeowners, blinds usually come to mind when considering the best method for covering their windows for good reasons. To begin with, blinds are widely available and can be acquired at a low to moderate price point. Their structured appearance and solid colours allow them to blend in well to a number of interior décor. They are also energy efficient and allow for maximum privacy and ease of light control, not to mention offer economy of ownership as seen from their durability and ease of maintenance.

If you are planning to purchase blinds for your home, the price tag and material are not the only factors you need to take into account. It is equally important to consider whether you want to mount them within the casing (inside mount) or a few inches above the window frame (outside mount). Determining their placement early on will ensure that you get the right fit and will also guarantee that you will be able to get the best performance from your window blinds. Here is what you need to know about inside and outside placement of window blinds.

Inside mount  

This type of placement requires you to hang the blinds inside the window frame. This is by far the most common choice for hanging blinds because it is less obtrusive and gives the blinds a more organized look. With an inside mount, no slats or parts of the covering are hanging outside the frame.

One of the main draws of inside mount is that it offers more convenience, especially if you intend to combine your blinds with soft treatments like drapes or curtains. Since the blinds sit inside the frame, they will not necessarily get in the way of the soft treatments. Additionally, an inside mount also helps improve the energy efficiency of window coverings. This reason for this is that as the blinds lay closer to the frame, air leaks are prevented, allowing conditioned air to stay inside the room.

Perhaps the only problem with mounting blinds inside the frame is that there can be some gaps depending on the style of the blind you will use and the type of the lift system it operates with. For instance, a chain operated horizontal blind can leave as much as 1/2 inch of the window pane exposed between the edge of the blind and frame because the chain is getting in the way. This, in turn, can affect the level of privacy that the blinds provide as well as the amount of light that will stream into the room.

Outside mount

As its name suggest, outside mount refers to a type of placement where the blinds are installed above the window, on the wall or on the window trim. This is a preferable mounting option if there is alarm sensor on your windows or if your windows are too shallow for an inside mount. Outside mounting is also a good choice if you want to camouflage flaws on your window frames or if your windows have an uneven shape or size.

The good thing about outside mounting blinds is that it gives windows the illusion of height and width. It also offers maximum privacy since the blinds extend beyond the sides and bottom of the frame. Likewise, the amount of light bleeding around the blinds is greatly reduced with the extra length and width of the covering.

One major pitfall associated with outside mounting is that it can be difficult to layer soft window treatments over the blinds, thereby limiting your ability to further enhance the appearance of your windows. Hardware is also more visible without a headrail and the units are more prone to damage, especially when kids are around because the blinds will become more enticing for playing hide and seek.

The choice on how you will mount your window blinds always boils down to your personal preference. Whichever between the two you decide to use, though, it is crucial that you get the right measurements so that your blinds will not end up disproportionate to the size of your windows.