By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Once you've had a cordless blind, there's no going back. Its clean lines make it attractive in any window treatment, and its ease of operation makes it particularly useful in rooms where the sun comes on strong at different times of day. Just give a gentle push or pull on the bottom rail and the blind raises or lowers easily. Safety experts tell us a dangling corded blind is a safety hazard with little ones in the house, and anyone suffering from arthritis knows how difficult that cord can be to operate.
Cordless blinds are sold online and at home and decorating centers in an array of styles, materials and colors. Before you buy, decide how you want the blind mounted, either inside or outside of the window frame. An inside mount blind looks recessed or built into the window while an outside mount blind is wider than the window and can cover up a less than perfect frame. Take an exact measurement of the window for whichever you decide.
Blinds.com suggests The Dos and Don'ts of Cordless Blinds.
You can have a 48-wide, 64-inch long cordless window blind with 1-inch metal slats installed for $129, which includes labor and material; or buy it for $105 and install it yourself and save 18 percent. If you're new to DIY home improvement, installing a window blind is a good first-time project. And because it's a skill you can use for all the windows in your future, it's a job worth learning to do. You don't have to make a big investment in tools. All you need is a tape measure, a Phillips head screwdriver and a hand or electric drill.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a cordless blind you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.