How to Install Faux Wood Blinds

Drill Bits / Fixings

For your health and safety during drilling, please wear suitable eye protection at all times.

Drills &Tips:

Use an undersized drill bit on your first hole to see what type of fixing you will require. A push fit Rawlplug is best (so you don't createoversized hole).

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1) Ø5.5mm Tungsten tip Masonry Drill Bit. This drill bit will only fit SDS Drills. It is a powerful drill, however it is not     a problem if you have a conventional hammer drill it just takes a little longer to drill the holes. See (fig 2) below.

2) The standard Ø5.5mm Tungsten tip Masonry Drill Bit fits conventional drills. Tip: We find it is better to use a     Ø5.5mm drill bit rather than the recommended Ø6mm drill bit with the Red Rawlplug (fig 6). Generally you     tend to end up with a slightly oversized hole, the trick is to avoid this; you can always re-drill the holes with the     Ø6mm drill bit if the holes are too small, once you have drilled the pilot holes. Try to achieve a good push fit     with the Rawlplug (fig 6): use (No. 6 or 8) x 32mm long Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).

3) High Speed Twist Drill Bit Ø6.0mm HSS. This drill bit would be used for the Fischer Plaster Plug (fig7) i.e. use     or plasterboard and hollow fixings. Tip: To create tight fit with plaster plug, use (No 6 or 8) x 32mm long     Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).

4) High Speed Twist Drill Bit Ø3mm HSS. Use this drill bit if you have a steel lintel. Tip: Use a little oil     on the tip of the drill, for example 3 in 1 or something similar to help lubricate the cutting action and save the tip of the drill.

Be patient and apply firm, even pressure. Give the drill bit time to cut through the metal. Apply too much pressure and the drill bit will snap. Release the pressure as it breaks through. It is not the same as cutting masonry: do not use the hammer action with HSS Drill Bits. Pre-drill the plaster first with masonry drill bit to save the HSS Drill Bit tip.

Use Self-Tapping Prodrive Screws. The screws' length will depend on the distance to the lintel. (No 6) Self-Tapping Screws are 20-32mm long (fig 11,12,13).13 is a No 8 screw and would need a Ø4mm drill bit.

5) Carbide Tipped Drill Bit for drilling tiles Ø8mm. Tip: Apply some masking tape to the face of the tile to prevent the drill slipping on the first     initial cut. Drill a Ø8mm hole in the tile only, then change to the Ø5.5mm masonry drill bit (fig 2,1) to drill the remainder of the hole. Use     Red Rawlplug (fig 6) or Fisher Plaster Plug (fig 7) depending on your lintel type, i.e. concrete, metal or is it hollow ? Use the same method     as described above for fixings, the Ø8mm larger hole in the tile will prevent the tile cracking when the Rawlplug expands with the screws.

Fixings

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6) Red Standard Rawlplug: use 32mm long size (No 6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) Ø5.5mm drill bit     (fig1or 2).

7) Fischer Plaster Plug (LDF) for plasterboard and hollow fixings with gaps of 2.5cm or more between plaster     and lintel. Use 32mm long, size (No 6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) Ø6.0mm drill bit (fig3).     (Remember to create a tight fitting hole).

8) No6 20mm long Woodscrew Prodrive for wood and PVC fixings.

9) No6 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug Ø5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug     Ø6.0mm Drill Bit.

10) (10) No8 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug Ø5.5mm Drill Bit or Fischer Plaster Plug       Ø6.0mm drill bit.

11) No6 20mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for PVC & metal fixing, HSS Drill Bit Ø3mm.

12) No6 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS Drill Bit Ø3mm.

13) No8 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS Drill Bit Ø4mm.

All fixings, drill bits, and tools can be purchased at any good tool merchants, B&Q and Screwfix.

Please note:The fixings we provide with your blinds may not be suitable for your particular installation. It is not possible to provide all fixings for every situation please use the guides above to determine the best method and fixings to use for each blind you are installing.

Outside recess (face fix)

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If your blind is to be fitted on the outside of your recess, then measure the blind (B) and the width of your window (A). Deduct A from B and divide the answer by two to give you the same distance past the window each side (C). This is the position your brackets will be fitted.

If you followed our advice on measuring your blind, then you will position your blind 4cm above the window (D). Position the bracket 5- 8cm from each end on the wall and mark through the two holes.

Depending on how wide your blind is you may have additional brackets supplied - position them equally along the head rail to give extra support making sure that they will not fowl on the ladder cords when fitted.

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Now you are ready to locate your blind in the brackets. Press the headrail into the bottom hooked channel of the bracket and revolve the headrail.

Revolve the headrail to the appropriate angle. Press the headrail face to make the headrail and brackets clasped (a snap means installation is in place). Installation complete.

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To remove the blind from the brackets press the headrail face to make the top edge of the headrail out of the channel. revolve the headrail inversely, and take the blind out of the brackets.

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Inside recess (top fix/face fix)

Decide if you are going to face fix, or top fix your Faux wooden blind.

Fit your blind so when it is raised/lowered it will miss your handles. Measure the depth of your handles from your window frame and add 10mm. This will be the position you will place the back of the bracket. Position the brackets 5-8cm in from each end. Mark two holes through the side or through the back, face fix or through the top if top fixing.

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Drill with a 5.5mm masonry bit and fix the brackets. Depending on the width of your blind. You may have additional Brackets supplied.

Position this bracket midway along the headrail to give a centre support. Wider blinds will have more than one, space them equally along the headrail making sure that the ladder cords and brackets do not come into contact.

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Now you are ready to locate your blind in the brackets.

Hang the headrail into the bottom hooked channel of the bracket, and revolve headrail.

Revolve the headrail to the appropriate angle. Press the headrail face to make the headrail and brackets clasped (a snap means installation is in place). Installation complete.

To remove the blind from the brackets press the headrail face to make the top edge of the headrail out of the channel. revolve the headrail inversely, and take the blind out of the brackets.

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My slats are not tilting when I pull on the tilt cord?

Sometimes in transit the tilt rod can slip from the tilt control until inside the headrail. This just needs to be

re-positioned so it travels through the unit and exits the other side. Before you do this level up the two tilt control cords i.e. so the two wooden acorns are the same length, then take the blind down and check to see if the rod is correctly located.

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Operation

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When you have released your cord’s packaging, you will find one side has two acorns - this will tilt your slats front to back. The single acorn with multiple cords will raise the blind. To lock the blind into position, move the cord across the face of the blind. The reverse will unlock and lower. Always have the slats in the open position before raising and lowering your blind.



Cleaning

Clean with a dry lint-free cloth.

Window Blind Cord Safety

Simple precautions to significantly reduce risks.

Window blinds and window furnishings are inherently safe and millions are sold every year. However, there have been instances of injury and child deaths involving accidents with window blind's cords and chains.

We do everything we can to make sure your chosen product is safe for your child. As a minimum, all of our blinds meet the European Standard BS EN 13120 for both performance and safety. Beyond this, safety is at the forefront of our minds right through the design process as we strive to make products that are not only stylish and high-quality, but also safe. The information in this leaflet gives guidance for fitting the provided child safety devices. Please read it carefully and keep it safe for future reference.

Only use the devices and cords/chains provided with your blind. Devices are under continuous development. For this reason, some photographs may not be an exact representation of the provided device, although their function will be the same.

WARNING

Window coverings can pose a danger to small children. Please be aware that swallowing small parts can cause internal asphyxiation. Looped or low hanging cords, chains or tapes can also cause strangulation.

Please read these instructions carefully before installing and using the device(s). Children can be strangled if any device is not installed correctly. All safety devices must be correctly installed for the protection from strangulation of young children and the proper use of the blind. Keep the instructions for future reference.

As the end user you have a responsibility to ensure the safety device is fitted as per our fitting guides. Our guides are also provided with your order confirmation. If you do not receive a safety device with your order please contact us at info@madetomeasureblinds-uk.com stating your order number and the blind that requires the safety cleat. Do not fit your blind until you have received the replacement safety cleat.

Why not take this opportunity to inspect all your blinds in the home? If they do not have a fitted safety device you must fit one. For assistance with the correct cleat for the blind in question contact us at info@madetomeasureblinds-uk.com where we can advise on component cost and supply.

Do not tie loose cords and chains together.

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In the interest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of reach of children. Move cots beds and other furniture away from blinds and install safety devices, such as cleats and cord tidies, to limit access to cords. Hanging cords can be a potential risk to children, so the greatest care needs to be taken at all times.




Check the condition of all safety devices if not used regularly and replace if the device is faulty.

Cleat

Wooden venetians, aluminium venetians, pleated, woven wood, roman standard cord and cleat type.

This should be securely fixed to an adjacent wall, out of the reach of children, and the cord/chain secured as shown, after each operation of the blind.

Fitting

You will be provided with a child safety cleat with each blind on your order. If you cannot find it, please contact us at info@madetomeasureblinds-uk.com to request a replacement, before fitting your blind.

Fitting the safety cleat

Standard roman (corded), pleated, metal, wood and wood illusion venetians.

Blinds that require a safety cleat must not be installed less than 1.5m from the floor. Safety cleats keep cords taut and out of reach of children. Always wrap the cord around the cleat.

To fit your safety cleat, fix it to the wall with two screws in a position that’s out of reach of children. Install it as close to the head rail as possible, ensuring that it is at least 1.5m from the floor.

There is a limit to the amount of cord that can be wrapped around a cleat.

  • No more than:
  • 2m of single cord with a diameter 2.2mm or less should be accumulated.
  • 1m of single cord with a diameter 2.2mm should be accumulated in conjunction with any other cords.
  • A maximum of:
  • 6 cords with a diameter of 1.5mm or less can be accumulated.
  • 7 cords with a diameter of 1mm or less can be accumulated.
  • Only cords up to 2.2mm in diameter can be accumulated.

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If more than one cleat is required for the complete amount of cord to be wrapped around, ensure that they are all positioned a maximum of 20cm apart and all are 1.5m from the floor.
These instructions can also be found within the installation guides provided at time of purchase.



Fitting the breakaway consolidators

Wood and wood illusion venetians

Breakaway consolidators are designed for blinds with cords of 1.3–1.6 mm in diameter in the top, and cords of 2.1–2.3 mm in diameter in the bottom.

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To install the consolidator, take the half with two holes in and thread the thicker cord up into the hole in the middle. Then thread the same cord downwards through the hole in the other half of the consolidator.

Finally, thread the cord upwards through the remaining hole in the other half and tie a knot as close to the end as possible.

Next, make sure that the raise and lower cords are all the same length and knot them individually (making sure the knots are all the same distance from the ends).

Insert the knotted ends into one of the grooves at the top of the consolidator. Ensure that the knots are secured below the central panel and secure the two halves together.

If any reasonable weight is placed on the cords the breakaway safety consolidator will break apart.

To reconnect the consolidator, check that it is not damaged, then re-insert the free cords as described above and place the sections together.

If any slack cording appears above the consolidator, lower the blind so that it is straight and raise it again.










 

Fitting inner cord stops

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Venetians, standard roman (corded) and pleated blinds

One inner cord stop should be located on each raise and lower cord.

All inner cord stops should be located as close to the headrail as possible, and not more than 5cm from the headrail when the blind is fully closed.

To install, make a small loop with the raise and lower cord near the head rail, then slide the cord stop over the loop end.

Slip the free end of the raise and lower cord through the loop and loosely knot the cord stop onto the raise and lower cord.

Tighten the knot to secure the cord below the head rail and limit the movement of inner cords. The inner cord stops provided can be used on cords with a diameter of 0.8 - 1.5mm.


Use of additional safety devices may reduce the risk of strangulation or injury but cannot be considered fool proof. People in charge of children and vulnerable people are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by us the manufacturer.