Step 6: Insert a thin wood shim

inserting a thin wood shim when installing a window shade
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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If the brackets are out of level by 1/8 inch or less, proceed to Step 7. If the distance is greater, loosen the screws on the "higher" bracket.

Slip a wood shim or pieces of thin cardboard between the bracket and head jamb.

Tighten the screws and check the brackets for level again.

Repeat if necessary, then trim off the excess shim with a utility knife.

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    Tools List

    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Multi-tip screwdriver
    • Awl
      Awl
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level and straight board
    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/16-inch-diameter bit
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. WINDOW SHADE

    2. MOUNTING BRACKETS AND SCREWS (COME WITH SHADE)

    3. WOOD SHIM