How to Install Pleated 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 create an oversized hole).
Drill Bits.(1) φ5.5mm 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 φ5.5mm Tungsten tip Masonry Drill Bit fits conventional drills.
Tip: We find it is better to use a φ5.5mm drill bit rather than the recommended φ6mm 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 φ6mm 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 φ6.0mm HSS. This drill bit would be used for the Fischer Plaster Plug (fig7) i.e. use for plasterboard and hollow fixings. Tip: To create a tight fit with plaster plug use (No 6 or 8) x 32mm long Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).

(4) High Speed Twist Drill Bit φ3mm HSS. This drill bit would be use 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 φ4mm drill bit.

(5) Carbide Tipped Drill Bit for drilling tiles φ8mm. Tip: Apply some masking tape to the face of the tile to prevent the drill slipping on the first initial cut. Drill a φ8mm hole in the tile only, then change to the φ 5.5mm 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 φ8mm larger hole in the tile will prevent the tile cracking when the Rawlplug expands with the screws.

Fixings

Screws and Rawlplugs.

(6) Red Standard Rawlplug use 32mm long size (No6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ5.5mm 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 (No6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ6.0mm 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 φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.

(10) No8 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.

(11) No6 20mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for PVC & metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.

(12) No6 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.

(13) No8 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ4mm.

All fixings drill bits and tools can be purchased at any good tool merchants, for example 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. So please use the guides above to determine the best method and fixings to use for each blind you are installing.

Face fix blind position.

If your blind is to be fitted on the outside of the recess, measure the blind (B) and the width of your window (A). Deduct A from B and divide by two to give you the measurement each side of the window (C) This is the position your blind will sit. Mark off how far above the window the blind position will be (D) We advise 4cm on our How to Measure page.


     Standard Face fix bracket.                Face fix UEB EXT bracket to provide handel clearance.

                                     Image title Standard face fix & UEB ext Bracket.

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Position your face fix bracket approximately 12cm in from the ends of your blind and include a centre support if it is over 1.5m. Mark through the holes and drill and fix. Locate the blind into the brackets with the cord lock facing you, hook on the back of the blind first and push the front in.




Inside Recess (top fix/face fix)

Decide if you are going to face fix or top fix - we would advise top fix if you have handles. Simply measure the distance of your handle from the frame and allow an extra 10mm – this will be your measurement from the window frame.

Image title Position bracket in recess, handel plus 10mm.Position bracket in recess, handel plus 10mm.

Measure in from the sides (approximately 8cm): this will be your hole positions. Offer the bracket to your marks and position the bracket so the back of the bracket is the farthest from the handles. Tab to the back, mark, drill and fix.


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Operating your blind


Raise and lower with the cord. Pull the cord forward to unlock and move the blind to the required position. To lock the blind move the cord towards the window.


Cleaning


Clean with a dry duster, or lightly with the fabric attachment of a vacuum cleaner into place.


Window Blind Cord Safety


Simple precautions to significantly reduce the risk.

Whilst 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 blinds' 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 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.

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

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In the intrest 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.



Cleat:

This safety device would be most appropriate for blind types listed below.

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

Cleat

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 for some reason 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.

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.

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Fitting inner cord stops

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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 a 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




Fitting the breakaway safety tassel

Standard roman (corded), pleated and metal venetians

The safety tassel should not be installed on cords more than 1m in length when the blind is down, and should only be used in conjunction with inner cord stops.


To install the safety tassel, ensure that all of the raise and lower cords are the same length, then insert one of the cords through the hole in the top (the rounded end) of one of the sections of the tassel and secure with a knot. Repeat this with a different piece of cord in the second section of the tassel. When knotting the ends of the cords, ensure that they are all knotted at the same distance from the end of the cord. Any other free cords should be individually knotted and placed into one of the holes that are formed when the two halves of the tassel are put together. A single or double knot should be sufficient to hold the tassel in place. For pleated blinds, fold the cord back to double its thickness and tie the knot in the usual manner. Ensure that the knot is pulled tight and that the loop is as small as possible. Trim any excess cord and repeat for all cords in the blind, ensuring that they are knotted at the same length. Breakaway safety tassels can be used on cords with a diameter of 0.7–1.6mm.

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