How To Fit
How to Fit
The fitting instructions for all our individual blind types are listed at the bottom of this page. However to get the very best results from your new blind do read and follow the information below on Preparation and Tools.
If you are planning on employing a fitter, do not arrange their services in advance. Fully unpack the blinds ahead of the visit to ensure the blinds are undamaged and that all parts are present and correct as per your fitting instructions.
Despite what the individual fitting instructions illustrate, rawl plugs and screws will not always be supplied with our blinds. This is due to the many different types of installation possible (metal, brick, wood, concrete). When screws are included, they will not be suitable for all types of installation. Before you get started, drill a test hole to see what it is you will be drilling into so you can buy all appropriate equipment to complete the installation successfully. (If you need guidance on what rawl plugs/screws you might need for your installation just email us for further advice at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
If fitting the blind within the window recess, check to make sure that you have made an allowance to clear window handles, also remove any ornaments or other items from the window sill.
If fitting outside the recess, make sure that you do not fix too close to the edge of the window recess as the plaster may break away leaving you with time consuming filling and repainting. 50mm (2”) from the edge of the window should be sufficient, but still begin the drilling process at low speed if you have a variable speed drill. This will help to minimise cracking.
If you have to drill through tiles, your local DIY store will stock ‘Tile Drill Bits’ specifically for the purpose. Never use your drill on the hammer setting when drilling through tiles. If you do you will almost certainly crack the tiles.
Place protective sheets over items which might be damaged by dust or fragments created by drilling. Once your drilling is finished, and you have fixed up the brackets, clean up all the dust and debris before you put the blind in the brackets and then wash your hands. This will prevent the blind being soiled when you fit it in position. This is especially important for fabric blinds.
Make sure that you have a sturdy step ladder if you cannot comfortably reach to drill or fix the Blinds.
Tools & Equipment needed:
Electric or Cordless Drill (preferably with a Hammer drill option)
Metal Tape Measure
Sharp Pencil or Pen ( Pencil marks are easier to remove if you mark in the wrong place by mistake)
Spirit level. (If you are fitting the blind outside the recess, this will ensure that the blind is level). If you do not have a spirit level, measure down from the ceiling to each of your pencil marks, this is not absolutely fool-proof but will generally provide a good guide
Dustpan and Brush or Vacuum Cleaner and protective sheets
Rawl plugs and screws
If you are top fitting within the window recess, you are likely to drill into a plaster, concrete or metal lintel.
If the lintel above your window is concrete you will require a 5.5mm tungsten tipped hammer drill bit. This will be perfect for red wall plugs supplied with some of our blinds (if not supplied with your blinds, these may need to be purchased separately)
If the lintel is metal, you will require a 3mm (1/8”) High Speed Steel (HSS) Twist Drill bit. (You do not put your drill on a hammer setting when using this type of drill bit). Although there is no definitive rule, Concrete lintels were in widespread use up until the late 1960’s or 70’s. After that metal lintels became the norm. To be safe, make sure that you have both types of Drill Bit.
If the cavity above your plaster is fully hollow, you can purchase metal or plastic “cavity fixings” which are usually supplied with compatible screws. You should use these to complete the installation in this case, for full security
The following are fitting instructions for all our individual blind types. They are in PDF format to make them easy to read and use. Just find your blind type and click on the link to view your fitting instructions
If you need any further guidance email us at email@example.com
How To Fit Instructions (Click to Download)
Wood/Faux Wood Venetian
- Impressions Faux Wood
- Expressions Faux Wood
- Styleline Rapide Faux Wood
- Styleline Express Wood
- Prime Roller
- Excel Roller
- Aquarius Roller
- Fabric Box Roller
- Ouro Roller
- Z-Lite Roller
- Skylight Roller
- Excel Vertical
- Aquarius Vertical (cord/chain operation)
- Aquarius Vertical (wand operation)
- Fabric Box Vertical
- Rigid PVC Vertical
Pleated & Honeycomb
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