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Tools You Will Need

  • Steel Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Level tool
  • Step ladder (if necessary)
  • Screwdriver or power drill (with ¼” hex driver and drill bit)
  • Hammer

Helpful Hints Before You Begin Installing Cellular Shades:

  • Carefully unpack your shades and all mounting hardware.
  • Familiarize yourself with the contents of the box and ensure all installation hardware is included.

How to Install Inside Mount Cellular Shades

If you measured for inside mount cellular shades, follow these simple installation steps:

  1. Position your mounting brackets 2 ½ inches in from each side of your window opening along the top of your window. Line up the front of each bracket so they are in even alignment.
  2. Use a pencil to mark the locations of the screws.
  3. Use a steel measuring tape or level tool to ensure the brackets are straight.
  4. To make it easier to fasten your screws, create starter holes by tapping a screw with a hammer or using a drill bit.
  5. Insert screws to secure brackets in place.
  6. Install any additional center support brackets. Additional support brackets may be required based on the width of your cellular shade or pleated shade.
  7. Install your headrail by hooking the front of the bracket into the headrail and pushing up on the backside to snap into place.
  8. Test your new shades. Lower them slowly to ensure even movement across the shades, and test the stopping feature so that your shades can be adjusted exactly how you want them.

How to Install Inside Mount Cellular Shades

How to Install Outside Mount Cellular Shades

If you measured for outside mount cellular shades, follow these simple installation steps:

  1. Position your shade on the wall surface or window trim - make sure your shade is centered and level.
  2. Use a pencil to mark the top of the headrail 2 ½ inches in from the left and right outside edges of the shade.
  3. To make it easier to fasten your screws, create starter holes by tapping a screw with a hammer or using a drill bit. Screw the brackets into place. If you’re mounting into drywall with no studs behind, you will need to use drywall anchors.
  4. Align the top of the left bracket along the inside of your pencil line and fasten with your supplied screws. Repeat this process for the right bracket.
  5. Install any additional center support brackets. Additional support brackets may be required based on the width of your cellular shade or pleated shade.
  6. Install your headrail by hooking the front of the bracket and push up on the backside to snap into place.
  7. Test your new shades. To lower your shade, pull the cord towards the center of the shade. To raise or lock the shade in place, pull the cord to the right.

How to Install Outside Mount Cellular Shades

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