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How to install blinds

So you've measured your windows, ordered your blinds and you've got the boxes in hand, but now you have to figure out how to install them. If you're not particularly into DIY, this might feel daunting, but before you ring the handyman, have a read through our guide.  We take you through the process step by step, so you can get the perfect fit.

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Tools you'll need

  • Pencil
  • Phillips screwdriver/ cordless screwdriver
  • Good-quality metal tape measure
  • Stepladder
 

Roller blinds

Handy tips

Take note of the two types of brackets: neutral or pin end side (female bracket) and chain control side (male bracket). 

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Installing brackets for recess mount roller blinds
 

Marking and installing the brackets

Recess mount

  1. Determine which side the operating chain is on and hold the chain control bracket hard up against the inside of your window frame on that side. Mark two screw holes with a pencil. 
  2. Remove the bracket and drill a small 2mm hole where marked.
  3. Repeat this process with the pin end bracket. 
  4. Screw both brackets into position.
 
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Installing brackets for face mount roller blinds
 

Face mount

  1. Hold both brackets to the edge of your frame or architrave and mark with a pencil where the two screw holes need to be. 
  2. Remove the brackets and drill a small 2mm hole where marked for both brackets.
  3. Screw both brackets into position.
 

Installing the blind

  1. Pick up the blind and insert the chain winder end into the cross in the bracket.
  2. Push the blind back towards the pin end bracket and line up the holes until the blind clicks in.

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Installing the tension device for roller blinds
 

Installing the tension device for the operating chain

  1. The Tension Device is required to be fixed to a wall or window frame to reduce the chance of strangulation of young children who may be able to fit through the controls. 
  2. Position the child safety tension device so that it does not interfere with the operation of the blinds. 
  3. Making sure the chain is not twisted, hook the chain into the device and screw the device into place. 

Note: Ensure there is sufficient tension on the chain, but do not make it too tight that the operation of the blind is no longer smooth.  

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Venetian blinds

Choose the correct fastener

If you are installing on plaster or wallboard, where possible, use a stud finder to fix into the timber stud. Alternatively, use a suitable wall mate or plaster toggle if you are unable to locate the stud. Alternative fasteners should be used for aluminium or concrete installations (not included with this blind).

Prepare brackets

  1. Open the front of the bracket by pressing on the bottom of the bracket to release the locking tab while lifting the front gate. 
  2. Remove the brackets and drill a small 2mm hole where marked for both brackets.

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Installing brackets for Venetian face fit blinds
 

Mark the bracket locations

Outside/face fit

  1. Position the box brackets at each end of the headrail. When using a single centre support bracket, center it between the box brackets evenly, not more than 30 inches or 75cm apart. Mark sure the brackets will not interfere with the cord mechanism or any other internal parts. 
  2. Mark the bracket for mounting hole locations, making sure they are square and equally spaced. For outside mount installations, use a level to check for even fixing.
  3. Screw brackets into the wall as shown below.

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Installing brackets for Venetian recess fit blinds
 

Inside/recess fit

  1. Position the box brackets at each end of the headrail. Depending on the installation location, box brackets can be attached using the top, back or side holes. When using a single centre support bracket, centre it between the box brackets. For more than one centre support bracket, space the support brackets evenly, no more than 75cm/30 inches apart. Make sure the brackets will not interfere with the cord mechanism or any other parts. 
  2. Mark the location of the desired bracket mounting holes, making sure that they are square and equally spaced.
  3. Screw brackets into the window frame as shown below.
 

Valance installation

  1. Attach the loose plastic valance clips to the front of the headrail, one at each end.
  2. Space any remaining clips evenly.
  3. Press the other side of the plastic clips, which is already screwed to the valance. The two parts of the valance clip should snap together.

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Blind installation

  1. Align the headrail with the centre support and box brackets. The headrail should have the tilt mechanism facing towards the room.
  2. Be careful not to trap the top slat in the brackets and slide the headrail straight back until it is snug in the brackets. If the headrail can slide from side to side in the box brackets, you can use a flat head screwdriver to bend out the tabs on the end until it fits snugly.
 

Hold down clips (if desired)

Fit hold down clips if desired (typically for use on door installations). Fully lower the blind to determine the position of the hold down clips at the base of the window. Secure the hold down clips with the screws provide.

Note: Make sure that the blades are in the open position when the blind is being raised or lowered. Failure to do so may cause damage to the blind or restrict its operation.

Cord cleat installation

The cord cleat is used to tie excess cords out of reach of children to avoid creating a possible strangulation hazard. The corded internal window covering must be installed in such a way that a loose cord cannot form a loop of 2200mm or longer at a height of less than 1600mm above floor level – to prevent a child from unwinding a cord from a cleat.
  1. Position the cleat against the window frame in a place that is accessible to the user, whilst remaining inaccessible to small children.
  2. Use a drill to fasten the cleat with the two screws provided. This device will not prevent strangulation if young children wrap pull cords around their necks.

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