DIY tips: How to fit a roller blind
Many of us are choosing to make the most of the sunny weather and lighter evenings to carry out home improvement projects, so there’s no better time to tackle the task of fitting that roller blind you have been promising to do for a while. Our experts here at Kingston Blinds Direct have compiled a list of the best DIY tips to help you fit a roller blind safely and efficiently.
Before you begin, it’s important to be fully equipped with the required tools for the job:
– Tape measure
– Screw driver
– Spirit level
– Hack saw
– Sharp scissors
1. Purchase the blind
Before any work can begin, you must first buy your chosen blind. We advise that you purchase a made to measure blind to fit the window, or find one slightly bigger which will need cutting to the correct size.
2. Make the correct markings
Lift the blind up to where you would like it to be fixed, enlisting the help of a friend to check that it is positioned correctly as you will most probably be too close to get a proper view.
Mark the position where the blind is going to sit – ideally this should be about 4-5 centimetres above the window. Top tip: use a spirit level to check that the blind is sitting correctly as it can be difficult the tell whether it is straight simply by looking.
While you are holding the blind in place, use the end brackets on either side of the frame to mark the screw hole positions so they are equal when aligned with the centre of the window. This is a job best done with two people so one can hold the blind and the other can mark.
3. Fix the brackets
Check that you have positioned each bracket on the correct side; if you are not sure, check the instructions provided with the blind. Begin by drilling holes where the bracket screws will be inserted. Then, ensure the brackets are securely fixed in place with screws.
4. Alter the blind
If you have purchased a blind which is larger than the required size, you will need to cut it down so it fits perfectly. Start by measuring the distance between the brackets and deduct the amount stated on the instructions. Next, unroll the blind to mark and cut the roller and the strip of wood or metal using hacksaw. Then, mark and cut the blind using sharp scissors and push the end plug and side control into the correct ends of the roller. Finally, slot the blind into the brackets.
5. Finishing touches
Once you have fitted the blind, it’s time to make those final touches. Slide the blind into place on the fixed brackets, checking that it is sitting straight and that it covers the window correctly. Take this opportunity to make sure the blind mechanisms such as the cord are working correctly and remember to adjust the cord if it is dangling too low as this can pose a choking hazard to children.
Here at Kingston Blinds Direct we offer an extensive range of replacement blind parts and blind accessories to suit your requirements, including:
– bottom weights
– bottom chain
– top hangers
– top fix brackets
– face fix brackets
– cord weights
– control chain
We also offer a comprehensive range of roller blind fabrics so you can find the ideal design that fits with your taste and budget. These include:
– Standard plain fabrics
– Feature designs
– Class designs
– Easy wipe
Simply contact our expert team today for further information.