How to Install Roller Blinds standard type

Fitting Guide

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).

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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. This 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 for plasterboard and hollow fixings. Tip: 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.


Image title Screws and fixings.

6) Red Standard Rawlplug: use 32mm long size (No6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) Ø5.5mm drill bit     (fig 1or 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) Ø6.0mm drill bit (fig3).     (Remember to create a tight fitting hole).

8) No 6 20mm long Woodscrew Prodrive for wood and PVC fixings.

9) No 6 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug Ø5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug     Ø6.0mm drill bit.

10) (10) No 8 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug Ø5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug       Ø6.0mm drill bit.

11) No 6 20mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for PVC & metal fixing, HSS drill bit Ø3mm.

12) No 6 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit Ø3mm.

13) No 8 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, 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.

Outside Recess (face fix)

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To fix the blind to the outside of your window 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 for each side of the window (C). This is the position your blind will sit between. Mark off how far above the window the blind position will be (D). We advise 4 cm  our How to Measure section page.

Start with the controller bracket and offer it up to your marks on the wall. Mark through the hole positions and then drill and fix.

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With the controller head and cord pointing down, position the blind into the bracket. Locate the pin end bracket on the opposite end and offer up to your marks on the wall.

Mark through the hole positions (keeping the blind level) and drill and fix the pin end bracket.

Remove the plastic end pin from bracket and insert into the end of the roller blind.

Now locate the controller end first and ensure the controller head is pointing down. Then slide the roller blind into the pin end bracket, making sure the small lug locates into the recessed hole.

Inside Recess (face fix/top fix/side fix)

Decide if you are going to face fix, top fix or side fix. We would advise top fix if you have handles, or side fix if you have a small distance between the blind width and the sides of your reveals.

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Decide if you are going to face fix, top fix or side fix. We would advise top fix if you have handles, or side fix if you have a small distance between the blind width and the sides of your reveals.

Simply measure the distance of the handles from the window frame and allow an extra 10mm. This will be your measurement from the window frame to the back of your roller blind bracket.

Offer the blind into the recess with the brackets attached to the blind (as described in the outside recess section). Position the blind central to the window and make a note of how much space you have at each end. This will be the distance required when positioning the width of the brackets.

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Because the pin slots inside the roller barrel, you have a small amount of sideways movement for your fixings. This may be sufficient to enable you to side fix your blind, but no more than 5mm as there will be too much stress on the pin, which will cause it to break. (You must top fix if the gap is larger than 5mm)


A sidewinder cord offers easy and accurate positioning of the blind. The back of the beaded loop will bring the blind down and the front will raise the blind.

Adjustment of Sidewinder Rollers

  1. If the fabric on the blind rolls up to one side unwind it to full drop and adjust the clips by hand.
  2. Place the clips at the end of the barrel irrespective of their position on fitting.
  3. If the fabric rolls to the right, move the left hand clip to the right. If it moves to the left, move the right hand clip to the left.
  4. Move the clip gradually towards the centre of the barrel and keep checking for improved operation.
  5. Finer adjustment will be required as the fabric becomes more centralised.

You may find your blind does not have the clips supplied: this will depend on the supplier. If not substitute the clips with masking tape in 4cm long strips. Apply one strip to the barrel at a time until the fabric is centralised.

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You must top fix if the gap between bracket and roller is more than 5mm

Image title Top fix if gap is more than 5mm.


Just wipe clean with soft damp 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 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.


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 for some reason you do not receive a safety device with your order, please contact us at 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 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 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.


This safety device would be most appropriate for roller blind, roman blind sidewinders, verictal blind.

This device is secured to an adjacent wall and the cord / chains are held permanently within the device.


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

Fitting the safety hook

To fit the safety hook, put the control chain or cord (or both for verticals) into the hook. Ensure that the chain or cord is taut and that the hook is at the bottom of the loop. Screw the hook to a

wall adjacent to the blind. If the hook has a slot, ensure the screw is placed at the bottom of the slot and that the chain is taut before screwing in place. This will prevent the hook from moving up and down during application and ensure that the correct tension is maintained. The chain will be held permanently taut and under constant tension by the safety hook.

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The safety hook provided can be used on cords with a diameter of 1.7 - 2.2mm, as well as metal and plastic chains with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain and a ball diameter of 4.45mm. One cord and one chain can be used together in a safety hook.

Safety hooks can be used instead of chain break connectors on sidewinder roller blinds.

Fitting the chain break connecter

Sidewinder roller

The chain break connector allows the chain to break apart if any reasonable force is place in the loop. The connector only works when in the vertical position, for this reason, two connectors must be fitted.

Image title Roller  Blind chain break connecter.To fit the chain break connectors, join the control chain by placing the last ball of each end of the chain into the larger holes on each side of the connector. If your chain is a continuous loop, close your blind fully and cut the loop on the side nearest the window at the top of the blind for standard roll, or the front of loop if reverse roll. Next, measure 20cm down the chain and cut it at the nearest ball. Then join the

chain with a second chain break connector in the same way as above.

If any reasonable weight is placed on the loop the chain break connector will break apart. To reconnect, check that the connector is not damaged and then insert each end of the ball chain into the connector as described above. Chain break connectors can only be used with Roller blinds with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain with a ball diameter of 4.45mm. Only use the supplied chain with the device.

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.