How to Install Roman 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 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 (No6 or 8) x 32mm long Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9,10).

(4) High Speed Twist Drill Bit φ3mm 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 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 (No 6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ5.5mm 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 (No 6 or 8) Prodrive Woodscrews (fig 9 or 10) φ6.0mm 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 φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.

(10) No 8 32mm long Woodscrew Prodrive. Use with Red Rawlplug φ5.5mm drill bit or Fischer Plaster Plug φ6.0mm drill bit.

(11) No 6 20mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for PVC & metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.

(12) No 6 32mm long Pan Head Self-Tapper Prodrive. Use for metal fixing, HSS drill bit φ3mm.

(13) No 8 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, 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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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 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 4cm on our how to measure section page.

Position your brackets with one at each end and as near to mechanism as it allows - approx 8cm. If your blind is over 1.5m, you will need a centre support bracket to Fix the brackets to the headrail. Offer the blind up to your marks on the wall and make sure your blind is level when transferring your bracket positions to the wall.


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(Pic 1) Roman Blind Cord and Cleat Headrail Type with bracket attached.

(Pic 2) Roman Blind Sidewinder Headrail Type with beaded chain & swivel bracket attached.

Remove brackets from the headrail. Mark through the two holes on each bracket then drill and fix. Offer the blind up to the brackets and open the swing arm to the right place.

Place the front lip into the bracket first, then ease the back in and close the arm to the left - until it meets the headrail of the blind.

The fabric is attached to the headrail with Velcro, release your cord and dress your blind to ensure all fabric rods are central with the blind.

Cord and cleat bracket locates in the back of the headrail with a push fit location. (see Pic1)


Inside Recess (top fix/face fix)

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

Position the brackets in the headrail – approx 8cm from the ends and as near to the mechanism as possible. Add a centre support if your blind is over 1.5m.

Offer the headrail up to your window and mark the positions of the brackets onto the lintel (top fix) - measure from the frame to miss the handles and to correspond with your bracket positions. To drill and fix the brackets, follow the instructions for fixing the blind to the brackets in the outside recess fixing section.

The fabric is attached to the headrail with velcro, release your cord and dress your blind to ensure all fabric rods are central with the blind.

Cleaning

If your blind has a label with the (P) symbol then the fabric can be dry cleaned with care. Remove the blind from headrail and take out the fabric rods and the bottom bar (paying attention to how the cords are threaded). Alternatively fabric can be cleaned using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner.

Soft fabrics may shrink if any of the fibre rods become visible trim them off to the desired length.

Window Blind Cord Safety

Simple precautions to significantly reduce risks.

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.

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 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.

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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.



Hook

Roman blind sidewinder.

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Cleat

Roman standard cord and cleat type.

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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.

Deluxe roman (sidewinder)

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.

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.

Standard roman blinds (corded)

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.

Fitting the inner cord breakaway cord.

Romans

The inner cord breakaway is attached to the cord and tape on the reverse of the blind. The cord will break away from the front of the clip if any reasonable weight is placed on the cord on the back of the blind.

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One inner cord breakaway clip should be used on each cord on each panel – ensuring that the blind can move up and down freely. The clip should be attached to the horizontal tape on the back of the blind. Slide the feet on the back of the clip onto two loops on the tape, with one foot in each loop. Then thread the cord into the front of the device. The inner cord breakaway clip provided can only be used on cord with a diameter of 1.2 and 1.3mm.


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 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 a knot . 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, ensur ing 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 fool proof.

People in charge of children and vulnerable people are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by us the manufacturer.