Mounting Options for Window Shades

A Comprehensive Guide for Choosing

the Right Mount for Your Roller Shades


Let’s delve into the art of mounting roller shades – an aspect often overlooked but crucial for achieving that perfect balance of style and functionality in your space.

When it comes to mounting roller shades, you’ve got several options to consider: inside mount, outside mount, pocket installation, or even ceiling mounting. Each method brings its own unique flair to the table, catering to different needs and preferences. Let’s break it down, shall we?


Inside Mount

inside mount


The inside mount is a timeless classic favored by those who appreciate a sleek and polished look. With this method, your roller shades snugly fit inside the window frame, creating a seamless integration with your décor. It’s like a tailored suit for your windows, accentuating their beauty while maintaining a clean, uncluttered appearance.

When to Choose Inside Mount:

  • You crave a refined, streamlined aesthetic that seamlessly blends with your interior design.
  • Your windows have beautiful architectural features that you want to showcase without obstruction.
  • You desire maximum control over light and privacy while maintaining a minimalist look.


  • Enhances the perceived size of your windows, making your space feel larger and more open.
  • Provides a snug fit that minimizes light gaps, ensuring optimal light control and privacy.
  • Preserves the architectural integrity of your windows, allowing their natural beauty to shine through.


  • Requires precise measurements to ensure a proper fit within the window frame.
  • May not be suitable for windows with limited depth or obstructions such as handles or cranks.


Pocket Installation

Pocket installation


For those seeking the perfect marriage of functionality and sophistication, look no further than pocket installation. This method involves recessing the roller shade into a specially crafted pocket within the ceiling, wall, or cabinetry, offering a seamless appearance with hidden mechanisms.

When to Choose Pocket Installation:

  • You desire a clean, uncluttered look with minimal visible hardware.
  • Your windows are part of a larger architectural design where seamless integration is paramount.
  • You value convenience and prefer a streamlined operation without visible cords or chains.


  • Creates a sleek and modern aesthetic with no visible hardware detracting from your décor.
  • Maximizes usable space by eliminating the need for external mounting brackets or valances.
  • Offers enhanced child and pet safety by eliminating exposed cords or chains.


  • Requires professional installation to ensure proper alignment and functionality.
  • Involves additional construction work, especially for retrofitting existing spaces.


Outside Mount

Outside mount


While inside mount and pocket installation exude understated elegance, sometimes a window doesn’t allow for these options to happen. In times when there is not enough depth within the window sill, we have to opt for an outside mount. An outside mount involves installing roller shades outside the window frame, or as most people would explain it: above the window opening.

When to Choose Outside Mount:

  • You have windows with irregular shapes or shallow depths that preclude inside mounting.
  • You desire maximum coverage and light blockage, especially for larger windows or doors.
  • You want to create the illusion of larger windows or disguise architectural flaws.


  • Provides excellent light control and privacy by covering the entire window opening.
  • Conceals imperfections such as uneven window frames or unsightly molding.
  • Offers versatility in design, allowing for the use of decorative valances or cornices.


  • Requires additional allowance for the width and height of the shade to ensure full coverage.
  • May not be suitable for windows with limited space or architectural constraints.
  • Can add a bulky impression to the window.

Ceiling Mounting

ceiling mount


Last but not least, let’s not forget about ceiling mounting – a lesser-known yet equally viable option for those seeking a unique approach to window treatments. With this method, roller shades are mounted directly to the ceiling, offering a clean and contemporary look that’s perfect for modern spaces.

When to Choose Ceiling Mounting:

  • You have floor-to-ceiling windows or glass doors that demand a seamless, integrated solution.
  • You want to create a sense of height and drama by drawing the eye upward.
  • You value versatility and flexibility in your window treatment options.


  • Maximizes natural light and views by minimizing obstructions around the window frame.
  • Creates a sense of continuity and flow between adjacent windows or architectural elements.
  • Allows for creative design possibilities, such as layering with curtains or drapes.


  • Requires careful planning to ensure proper alignment and clearance from ceiling fixtures.
  • May not be suitable for all ceiling types or structures, especially in older buildings.



In conclusion, when it comes to elevating your space with roller shades, SunCoast Blinds is dedicated to delivering not just exceptional style, but also unparalleled functionality. That’s why we will choose inside mount and pocket installation whenever the option allows us to.

At SunCoast Blinds, our mission is to not only enhance the aesthetics of your home but also to elevate your living experience through meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality. So, whether you’re seeking a sleek and streamlined look with an inside mount or craving the perfect blend of form and function with pocket installation, trust SunCoast Blinds to bring your vision to life. Let’s embark on this journey together, where every window becomes a canvas for creativity and every installation tells a story of craftsmanship and care.

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