How To Install Window Blinds
How To Install Window Blinds
Whatever blind type you go for, our simple steps and top tips will have your new window blinds up and looking good in no time.
Learn How to Fit a Roller Blind
Things to remember when fitting your roller blind
- Using a pencil, mark the position of the brackets on your wall and drill the holes. Fix the brackets in place using suitable fixings and rawlplugs, ensuring they are all suitable for your type of wall/window. If in doubt consult a professional.
- Once your brackets are in place, measure the distance between them.
- To get the right measurement for cutting the blind fabric and bottom bar, subtract 32mm, to allow for the mechanism.
- Use a craft knife or sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut the fabric, and a hacksaw to trim the bottom bar.
- When cutting the top bar, it needs to be slightly longer than the fabric, so you only need to take 27mm off the measurement between the brackets.
- Roll the blind back up tightly, keeping the edges straight and aligned.
- Slip the bottom bar back into the end of the blind fabric and choose which side you would like the chain to be fitted and slot this into place. Take care to ensure the chain guard is positioned at the top to allow for correct operation and push the pivot end into the other side.
- To fit the blind at your window, place the pivot end first. This has a spring for easy installation and the other side can just be pushed into place.
- Lastly, to install the cord tensioning child safety device - also called a P-Clip - clip the device to the blind cord and make a pencil mark where to drill the hole. This should be at least 1.5m above the floor, and the cord should have continuous tension but still be able to run through the device.
Learn How to Fit Cordless Roller Blinds
Things to remember when fitting your cordless roller blind
- Using a pencil, mark the position of the brackets on your wall and drill the holes before fixing the brackets in place with suitable fixings and rawlplugs.
- Once your brackets are in place, measure the distance between the brackets.
- To get the right measurement for the blind fabric and bottom bar, take 37mm off this measurement, to allow for the mechanism.
- Use a craft knife or sharp scissors to carefully cut the fabric, and a hacksaw to trim the bottom bar.
- Next, we need to cut the top bar. This needs to be slightly longer than the fabric, so we only need to take 32mm off the measurement between the brackets.
- For your blind to retract effortlessly, the mechanism needs to be set by turning the wheel on the spring end of the blind. Turn it clockwise towards the plus symbol stamped on the plastic. You should turn the wheel once for every 10cm of blind.
- Now you can pop the blind into place, making sure the spring end corresponds with the relevant bracket. The stop end has a tab that just clicks into place and the bracket covers simply slide on from the front.
- Roll the blind back up tightly, keeping the edges straight and aligned. Then, slip the bottom bar back into the end of the blind fabric.
- To protect the fabric, the use of the pull handle is recommended. Attach the two parts of the pull handle together by sliding the handle onto the clip and clicking it into the recess to secure.
- Slide the handle clip over the fabric pocket which holds the bottom bar until it is in place.
Learn How to Fit Roman Blinds
Things to remember when fitting your roman blind
- When fitting the brackets, they need to be placed at least 8cm from the end of the headrail. Using a pencil, mark the position of the brackets and drill the holes. Fix the brackets in place using suitable fixings and rawlplugs. (Sometimes a third bracket is supplied for larger blinds, this should be positioned in the centre of the blind.)
- Once your brackets are in place, clip the blind headrail onto the brackets, being sure to check it is centred.
- When you are happy, lock the swing arms on the end brackets to secure the blind in place.
- Install the cord accumulation device/cleat.
- Position the cleat or cord accumulation device and make a pencil mark at least 1.5m above the floor before drilling the hole. Ensure all cords are fully wrapped around the safety device provided (the cleat) whenever the blind is not being operated.
Learn How to Fit Venetian Blinds
Things to remember when fitting your venetian blind
- Using a pencil, mark the position of the brackets and drill the holes before fixing the brackets in place with suitable fixings and rawlplugs. Sometimes a third bracket is supplied for larger blinds, this should be positioned in the centre of the blind. If the slat ladder webbing is in this middle position, the centre bracket can be fitted off-centre.
- Once your brackets are in place, measure the distance between them to find the length your blind needs cutting down to. For the best look, we recommend removing equal amounts from both ends of the blind so that the blind is symmetrical.
- With the blind fully raised, tightly bind both ends of the slats and bottom rail with low adhesive tape. Make a mark where you need to cut. (note: The headrail should not be bound) And, using a hacksaw, carefully cut through the headrail, slats and bottom rail, repeating on the opposite end.
- Simply place the trimmed blind into the brackets and close the bracket covers. If a centre bracket is used, the blind just rests on the bracket support.
- If your blind is supplied with a valance, trim this to size.
- Your blind will come with either double-sided sticky patches or plastic clips. Space them evenly along the headrail and then attach the valance.
- Cord stops are preinstalled 25-30mm from the headrail which need to be loosened (but not untied) and moved down the blind before it can be lowered. Once this is done, lock in place to your desired drop.
- To reduce the blind drop, fully lower the blind, remove the buttons in the base rail and untie the knot in the lift cord.
- Remove the base rail and surplus slats, cut off the excess ladder tape while ensuring 35mm surplus remains. Replace the base rail, rethread the lift cord and retie the knot in the end of the cord.
- Tuck the surplus ladder tape into the base rail, securing it with the buttons. Room darkening wood effect blinds are different and you’ll need to remove slats by sliding them out of the ladder.
- Lastly two safety cleats are provided with each blind, they should be positioned on each side of the blind. The devices should be fitted as close to the headrail as possible, and at least 1.5m above the floor. Each time you operate your blind, the cords should always be wrapped around each cleat in a figure of 8, using the whole cord, with the remaining minimal end draped over the cleat.
Learn How to Fit Vertical Blinds
Things to remember when fitting your vertical blind
- When fitting the brackets, they need to be installed at least 5cm from the window to leave room for the window handles.
- Using a pencil, mark the position of the brackets and drill the holes, fixing the brackets in place using suitable fixings and rawlplugs.
- Once your brackets are in place, measure the distance between the brackets, taking 1cm off this measurement, to allow for the mechanism.
- Lay the blind headrail on the floor with the base facing upwards, and identify the wand control end. Without removing the rubber band, loosen the locking ring at the opposite end of the wand with the supplied Allen key.
- Remove the locking ring and the plastic end cap before using pliers to remove the plastic locking ring found by the end glider and keeping it to one side. Slide all gliders towards the wand control end. Mark the length of the blind required, starting from the wand control end.
- Cut the headrail and tilting bar using a hacksaw, file to remove the burrs.
- Carefully pull the gliders back to their original location, depending on the width of the cut, some gliders may come off the headrail. If gliders are outside the headrail, cut the plastic link as near as possible to the last glider inside the rail using scissors.
- Place the plastic locking ring we removed earlier back in front of the glider furthest away from the wand control.
- Place the end cap in the headrail and the locking ring back on the tilt rod before securing with the provided Allen key.
- Fit the blind into place by placing the top of the headrail against the spring clips and clicking it into place. The wand control can be placed either on the left or right side of the installation depending on your room set up.
- Now you are ready to attach the fabric vanes. Measure the required height of the vane by measuring from the bottom of one of the hooks, down to the desired finished height – the window sill in this case.
- Transfer this measurement to the fabric vane and fold the fabric over the plastic rod. Ensure that the fabric is folded in the same direction as the bottom pocket and slide the folded vane into a vane hanger.
- Twist the vane control so all gliders are facing the same way in the open position, and fit the vane to a hook.
- Place a weight in the bottom pocket of the vane, being sure to have the chain links facing the top. When satisfied with the length of the vane, trim the excess fabric with a sharp pair of scissors. Repeat this process for the remaining vanes.
- Lastly, you need to fit the stabilising chain. Starting at one end of the blind, keeping the vanes parallel, and leaving roughly 10cm of cord in between the vanes. Repeat this on both sides of the blind.
- Once all vanes are linked, simply shorten the length of the chain as required.