How to Install Window Blinds Without Drilling? (4 Methods)

Here I will go through four easy and quick methods to install window blinds without drilling holes.

Sometimes you might not have the proper tools for drilling. Or you don’t want to drill holes in your newly renovated house. Not to worry. There are plenty of drill-free ways to hang window blinds. I plan to give you the best techniques I have learned through my years as a handyman below.

In general, to install window blinds without drilling, you can:

  1. Use magnetic blinds
  2. Use adjustable tension rods
  3. Use command strips/hooks
  4. Use self-adhesive blinds

I will go through more details in the below article.

4 Methods for Installing Window Blinds (Without Drilling)

This section will teach you methods to hang window blinds (without a power drill). I know there are many different internet techniques regarding this matter. But, these are the most practical methods suitable for all DIYers.

Important: Even though these methods target window blinds, you can also use them for door blinds.

Method 1 – Using Magnetic Blinds

You are missing out if you aren’t familiar with magnetic blinds. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite methods. Also, it might be the easiest method out there. But there is a catch. To be able to use these magnetic blinds, your home should have metal doors or windows.

Working Principal of Magnetic Blinds

Magnetic blinds come with a few super strong magnetic brackets. These brackets have magnetic capabilities on both sides. So, you can attach one side to the blind and the other to the window or the door. Some products come with moveable magnetic that allow you to open or close the window blind. Some products come with fixed magnet brackets.

With that in mind, here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to use magnetic blinds.

Things You’ll Need

  • A magnetic blind

Step 1 – Assemble the Magnetic Brackets

assembling the magnetic brackets
Video | Magne Brands

First, take out the magnetic bracket and connect the two parts of the bracket. Most often, these brackets come in two parts. You don’t need tools for this. Use your hands. I used a Magna blind with three magnetic brackets for this demonstration.

Step 2 – Attract the Brackets to the Blind

attracting the brackets to the blind
Video | Magne Brands

Then, attach the magnetic brackets to the window blind. Refer to the user manual to identify where you should attach the magnets.

Step 3 – Attach the Blind to the Window/Door

Finally, attach the blind to the window. The magnetic brackets will hold the blind on the window without any issue.

Pros and Cons of Using Magnetic Blinds

  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to remove and clean
  • Only works with metal doors and windows.
  • Some blinds might lose their magnetic power after a while.

Method 2 – Using Adjustable Tension Rods

Hanging a window blind with an adjustable tension rod might last a long time. Unlike the other things, you don’t have to replace it regularly. Here is a simple guide on hanging window blinds using a tension rod.

Things You’ll Need

  • Adjustable tension rod
  • Measuring tape

Step 1 – Measure

First, measure the inner width of the window. Then adjust the tension rod according to that measurement. While adjusting, lower two or three inches from the tension rod (compared to the inner width of the window).

Step 2 – Place the Rod

Then, place the tension rod between the edges of the window, and the rod should be parallel to the ground.

Step 3 – Tighten the Rod Properly

Next, expand the rod according to the window’s width and pull the string to lock the rod. Remember, the connection between the rod and the window frame should be tight. Otherwise, the blind will fall out.

Finally, expand the blind.

Pros and Cons of Adjustable Tension Rods

  • You can use these rods for any sized window.
  • Last longer
  • You cannot use the rod for a window frame with a small thickness. The thickness of the window frame should be at least equal to the diameter of the tension rod.

Method 3 – Using Command Strips/ Hooks

command strips/hooks
Video | Lia Lavon

Command hooks and strips are the third methods I recommend for hanging window blinds without drilling. This is a great product for hanging window blinds, curtains, wind chimes, and many other things.

Let’s answer a few common questions before getting started.

Is It Possible to Hang a Window Blind with Command Strips?

Yes, it is possible. In truth, this is one of the most effective ways to hang a window blind. These command strips have adhesive on both sides. So, it will be easy to attach it to the wall and then the window blind.

Apart from that, if you ever want to remove the blind from the wall, you’ll be able to get it out without damaging the wall or the window blind. This is a major plus point compared to other adhesive strips in the market.

Quick Tip: If the strip doesn’t come out easily, apply some heat to it. Use a hair dryer for this. The heat will loosen the grip of the adhesive effortlessly.

You can easily attach the Command hooks to the strips if needed. Most often, Command hooks are used for hanging curtains and blinds.

How Many Pounds Can One Command Strip Handle?

The maximum weight a Command Strip can handle will vary according to the size of the strip. For instance, smaller ones can handle up to 4 pounds. And the larger ones can handle around 16 pounds. So, depending on the weight of the window blind, you can choose any one.

How to Use Command Strips/Hooks to Hang Window Blinds?

Things You’ll Need
  • Command strips and hooks
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Clean cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

Step 1 – Clean the Surface

cleaning the surface wall
Video | Command

First, remember to clean the surface to which you are attaching the command strips. Take the clean cloth and remove any dust from that area. Then, clean the surface using rubbing alcohol.

Step 2 – Mark the Spots

Next, take the measuring tape and measure the distance to where you plan to place the strip. And mark that spot. Then go to the other end of the window and measure the same distance, and remember to mark that spot too.

Step 3 – Attach the Command Strips

removing one liner of the command strip
Video | Command

Peel off the cover of the strip and attach it to the marked spot. Do the same for the second spot.

Step 4 – Peel off the Cover

removing remaining liners of the command strip
Video | Command

Now, peel off the cover on the other side to expose the adhesive. You should complete this process for both Command strips.

Step 5 – Hang the Window Blind

You can hang the window blind directly on the strip. Or, attach the command hook to the strips and hang the blind on the hook.

Quick Tip: While attaching the strips and hooks, hold them for at least 5 seconds.

Method 4 – Using Self-Adhesive Blinds

In the above method, you buy the adhesive strip separately.

But when you use self-adhesive blinds, you don’t need anything else. These types of blinds come with two or more adhesive layers. Usually, these layers will be located at the bottom and top of the window blind. The only thing you should do is measure the window correctly.

Here’s a simple guide on how to use self-adhesive blinds to hang window blinds.

Things You’ll Need

  • Self-Adhesive blind
  • Measuring tape
  • Clean cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

Step 1 – Clean the Window Frame

cleaning the window frame
Video | Do it Do it

First and foremost, you should clean the window frame. The adhesive will attach to the upper and lower window frames. So, remove any dust from that area. Then, clean the surface with rubbing alcohol.

Quick Tip: Never use any household cleaners for surface cleaning. They will make the surface slippery and loosen the adhesive’s grip.

Step 2 – Remove the Protective Strip

removing the protective strip
Video | Do it Do it

There should be a protective strip that protects the adhesive layer. So, remove the strip to expose the adhesive layer.

Step 3 – Attach the Window Blind

attaching the window blind
Video | Do it Do it

Then, attach the self-adhesive blind to the upper window frame. If needed, connect the lower adhesive layer to the bottom window frame.

Quick Tip: Remember to hold the adhesive layer with both hands while attaching the adhesive layer to the window frame.

window blinds in color black
Video | Do it Do it

Also, choose high-quality self-adhesive blinds for long-term use. Some low-quality ones might not stick to the surface after some time.

A Few Things You Should Pay Attention To While Installing Window Blinds

Correct Measurement

Taking a correct measurement is a crucial part of installing window blinds. You should always measure the inner measurement of your window. And the measurements should be accurate. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a much larger or smaller window blind during installation.

Clean the Surface

Remember to clean the contact surface properly when you use adhesive strips or self-adhesive blinds. First, use a clean cloth to remove the dust. Then, clean the surface using rubbing alcohol. Otherwise, the adhesive won’t stick to the surface.

Quality Matters

Whether you are buying a tension rod or adhesive strips, the item’s quality should meet certain standards. Using low-quality products only results in a lower lifespan. So, remember to do some research before buying any product.

Why Should You Get the No-Drill Treatment?

People often wonder why they should get the no-drill treatment for hanging window blinds. If you are one of them, here are some reasons.

Lack of Tools

Sometimes, finding a power drill won’t be easy. Or you might not have any experience using a power drill. When that happens, you don’t have any other options. So, stick with the above four techniques.

Landlord Issues

You might face this issue, especially if you live in a rental apartment. Most landlords have strict policies regarding drilling holes in their apartments.

Simply, they won’t allow it.

And some might let you drill holes. But they will ask you to repair the damages before you move out. Or they might deduct the cost of damage from your security deposit. Either way, these are situations that you should avoid. So, using Command strips or self-adhesive blinds is a good idea and can be cheaper.

A Newly Renovated House

Drilling holes in a newly renovated house is a complicated issue, and most people won’t like the idea. So, instead of drilling holes, you can use the above methods to hang window blinds safely and securely. After all, the above methods are excellent for DIYers.

Should I Get a Professional for This Job?

Even though the above step-by-step guides seem simple, some people might have trouble executing them. If that is the case, don’t hesitate to hire a qualified professional to install window blinds. It might cost you extra, but the results will be the best you can get.

A technician can install any kind of window blind, such as Roman blinds, vertical blinds, Venetian blinds, and custom blinds. (1, 2)

Take a look at some of our related articles below.

(1) Roman blinds –
(2) Venetian blinds –

Video References


Magne Brands

Mom Can Fix It

Lia Lavon


Do it Do it

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About Sam Orlovsky

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