How to Install Vertical 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).
Image title 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. 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

Image title 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 (fig 3). (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 please use the guides above to determine the best method and fixings to use for each blind you are installing.



Image title (A) Top Fix for 89mm louvres.


Top fix

Measure the depth of your handle from the window frame and add this to the standard 4cm required clearance (A) with 89mm louvres. This allows the louvres to rotate free from handles. Use 6cm (B) for 127mm louvres.

For 89mm louvres: (A) 4cm + (handle depth) 4cm =8cm), measure 8cm from your window frame and mark on the lintel with a pencil. Measure approximately 12cm from the sides to coincide with your depth measurement. This will be your bracket position. Add a centre fixing if your blind is over 1.5m.

Image title (B) Top Fix ror 127mm Louvre.

Offer the bracket up to your marks and ensure the back of the bracket is furthermost from your handles (tab at the back) - mark through the hole. Drill and fix your brackets. Ensure the carriers in your vertical track are nearest to you as they are offset. Position the front channel nearest to you first and then press in the back.




Vertical blind face fixImage title Vertical blind face fix.

If you decide to face fix off your window frame, the brackets supplied will give the correct clearance of 4cm for a standard handle.

Position your brackets approx 12cm in from the sides and the centre support if your track is over 1.5m. With the carriers in the headrail nearest you (as they are offset), position the back channel into the lug at the back of the bracket and bring up the front - meet the small screw and tighten.

Image title Face and top fix brackets.

Fitting louvre

Unroll the louvres and place hangers into the top pockets and ensure they are all the same way round (you can rotate the hanger to adjust the length a little if required).

Rotate the louvre carriers in the headrail with the beaded cord so they are at 90 degrees to your window (ie. in the open position). Draw the carriers to one end with the nylon cord and clip on your louvres - have all the hems facing the same way.


Fitting weights and chains

Start at one end and clip the beaded chain all down the front side first. Repeat this for the back and then hang the cord weight. If you need to realign the carriers, draw the louvers along the window and close them. Continue to rotate the beaded cord past the closed position and you will hear a clicking sound - this will automatically realign all the louvres.

Help

When I pull on the beaded cord my louvres are not tilting. Or are not in line with the other louvres.
If you need to realign the carriers, draw the louvers along the window and close them. Continue to rotate the beaded cord past the closed position and you will hear a clicking sound - this will automatically realign all the louvres.
If you are still experiencing a problem ?


Please find two Images below to help sort out the realignment problem. 
First remove all your louvres and put them to one side.

A. Check all the pins: are they all pulled down and are they at the same level?  If not, get a pair of pliers and gently pull the pin down to match the rest.

B. Check all the pins: are pointing in the same direction. It’s not important which way they face as long as they all facing to the right or all to      the left. If not rotate the beaded cord (D) to realign by closing until the cord has resistance. Then pull harder: you will hear a ratchet sound      and will realign all pins. Keep pulling until all pins are in the same direction.

C. Get the louvres make sure all the hems are pointing in the same direction, Then mount onto the rail with pins all set in the open position / same direction. See (C).

D. Now draw the blind across the window with the plain nylon cord, then close with the beaded cord.

Hopefully one of these operations will have sorted out your problem. If the louvres are mounted in different directions, they will be trying to open and close against one another and cause the rotation to jam.

Image title Vertical blind trucks.

Image title Louvres Direction.

Cleaning

Clean your blind with a dry or damp cloth or with brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

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. The cleats listed below are provided at the time of placing your order, and will match to your blind type.


Image title Vertical blind safety.

WARNING
In the interest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of the 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.

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.

Control anchor types:

Vertical blind.

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

Fitting

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

Remove the cover. With the flat edge at the top, screw the back-plate to an adjacent wall, at the height of the bottom of the control cord. Slip the cord over one of the pulley hooks and the chain over the other. Ensure that they are both taut. Shorten the chain accordingly if required. Do not shorten or cut the nylon cord. Replace the cover and check that the controls still work.

These instructions can also be found within the installation guides provided at time of purchase.

Image title Control Anchor.

Control Anchor

Fitting the safety hook

Sidewinder roller, vertical, deluxe roman (sidewinder)

To fit the safety hook, put the control chain or cord (or both for vertical blinds) into the hook. Ensure that the chain or cord is taut anImage title Safety Hook.d 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 and 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.

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

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.

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 for 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 component cost and supply.