High ceilings and tall windows make for a beautiful, roomy space. However, it can be difficult to get your curtains and blinds up on windows that are 10 feet high or more. Install your window treatments safely, and enjoy them for years to come.
Like with any installation project, taking the time to prepare for window treatment installation can make all the difference in achieving success. Because taller windows are more difficult to work with, preparation is especially vital.
Make sure that you have the correct tools and hardware to begin your project, along with the provided instructions.
Take the time to understand the components, installation parts and directions before you begin working on your project. Read through the entirety of product instructions, not just the first step, carefully ahead of time.
Measure... twice. Ensure all components will fit the window appropriately by repeating all required measurements. Clearly mark all drill spots and ensure everything is level before making the first hole.
Note where the electrical outlets, switches and vents are located so that they are not obstructed.
Ask a friend for help. Larger shades, blinds and even curtains are especially heavy and cumbersome, so it's essential to have another pair of hands.
When hanging high window treatments, you will most certainly need a ladder. Don't attempt to stand on items not meant for climbing, such as furniture. Basic ladder safety rules of thumb are as follows:
Ensure that the ladder is tall enough for the job: Overreaching may cause you to lose your balance. Determine whether you'll need just a step stool, or if an extension ladder is required.
For taller ladders, keep the "3-point rule" in mind: Have three points of contact on the ladder (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) at all times.
Heed any safety warnings about which rung is the highest to climb: Most ladders warn against stepping on the highest rung.
Keep rungs dry and free of obstructions.
Be aware of weight limits.
Make sure all extensions are locked.
Most curtain and blind installations will require drilling into the window frame or wall. Operate your drill safely to avoid accidents and mistakes.
When drilling into a wall, use an electronic stud finder to locate studs and any live wires behind the wall.
Use the recommended bit size.
Follow all manufacturer instructions and make sure all bits are properly sharpened and attached correctly.
Wear safety glasses.
Other Safety Concerns
Once you've finished hanging your window treatments, enjoy your finished look with these additional safety tips in mind:
Make the right window covering decisions for your home -- especially by ordering cordless window treatments to keep your children and pets safer. Be sure to install and consistently use all safety features included with your window to use your blinds and shades effectively. Move cribs, beds and other child's furniture away from the window treatments entirely.
Flowing or "puddling" curtains can be a tripping hazard. Keep this in mind when choosing the length of your curtains. If you opt for longer curtains for a certain aesthetic, make sure they are not obstructing highly trafficked areas.
Safe installation of window treatments involves using the right tools and hardware, taking careful measurements and following basic safety rules with the tools you use. Get the help and support you need from a friend, and ensure a beautiful outcome.
Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a frequent public speaker on Social Media Marketing, Social Customer Care and profitable company culture. An active blogger and early social technology adopter, you can find her online as ‘happykatie' sharing home décor, yoga, parenting and vegetarian cooking tips. To learn more about window treatments like those highlighted in this article, please check out the Blinds.com website.