Roman blinds, a window covering that gathers up into horizontal folds when drawn up, are an attractive and stylish way of controlling the light that comes into the room. If you have decided on these blinds, you may be wondering if you can install them yourselves. Here are some reasons for and against.
The first reason in favour of doing it yourself applies to most projects; if you get it right, it will be cheaper. There are always labour costs involved in getting a professional, and if you are on a budget, you may be looking to save money by doing the job yourself. You also have the convenience of being able to install them on your own schedule rather than having to wait for a professional to fit you in.
There is also an undeniable satisfaction in being able to do jobs around your home yourself. If you install Roman blinds yourself, you will be able to show them off to your family and friends with pride. You may also learn a little about DIY projects in general, which will increase your confidence in the future.
There are sound reasons for getting a professional to do the job, however. Most importantly, you will know that a professional will get the job right the first time. Fitting blinds requires very careful measurements to an extent that you may not be used to. Approximate measurements will not do; if you do not fit the blinds correctly, you will find they do not work properly or look a mess.
A professional will also be able to do the job quickly. They will have the necessary experience to get the blinds fitted correctly the first time, whereas you may find yourself learning on the job.
It is also worth remembering that if anything does go wrong with the installation, a professional will provide a guarantee that they will go back and fix it, and they will have also insurance against any other accidental damage that might happen. If you make any mistakes yourself, it could be costly — you could even find you have invalidated the warranty on the blinds and will have to pay to replace them if you damage them.
Fitting Roman blinds is a job that can be done by an experienced DIYer, but the safest method is to get a professional to do the job properly.