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For your health and safety during drilling, please wear suitable eye protection at all times.
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).
(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.
(6) Red Standard Rawlplug: use 32mm long size (No 6 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 (No 6 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, 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.
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 box bracket on the wall and mark through the two holes. Ensure the flap is open.
Depending on how wide your blind is you may have a U-bracket supplied. Position this bracket midway along the head rail to give a centre support. Wider blinds will have more than one U-bracket supplied. Space them equally along the head rail, making sure that they will not fowl on the ladder cords when fitted.
Now you are ready to locate your blind in the brackets. There is some sideways adjustment available on the end caps via the tab. This can be bent to suit any slack you may have.
Ideally the brackets will be positioned tight to the end of the headrail close down the flaps and click into place.
If you have ordered you blinds as an exact measurement, your valance will be supplied with returns. These are fitted with the small L-shaped brackets and screws provided. If you prefer, these could be glued into place (glue not supplied). To attach the valance, remove the cover strip from the velcro patches and push the wooden valance into place.
Please note: If the width of your wooden blind has been affected by a half-tiled wall within a recess, or dado rail, phone socket etc. Then you will need to top fix your brackets to the width of blind ordered, as the cover valance supplied to attach to the front of the blind headrail will be supplied to the same width of the blind. If you attempt to side fix the brackets, the blind may not be supported properly, and the valance will not hide your fixings. It is not possible for us to provide larger valances than the width of the blind ordered.
The brackets should be located directly at both ends of the metal headrail, along with the centre support brackets if they are supplied, which is dependent on the blind width.
Decide if you are going to face fix, top fix or side fix your wooden blind.
We would advise side fixing. If you have had to make allowances for a width restriction, then top fix the 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 where you position the back of the box. Mark two holes through the side or through the top if top fixing.
Drill with a 5.5mm masonry bit and fix the brackets, including the centre support bracket if supplied, dependent on the width of your blind. You may have one or more U-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.
There is some sideways adjustment available on the end caps via the tab. This can be bent to suit any slack you may have. Ideally the brackets will be positioned tight to the end of the headrail. Then close and click the flaps.
For the valance, it may be necessary to trim approx. 10mm from one end depending on the width ordered. Or if you have received a valance with returns but do not require, them simply cut them off. Blinds ordered as exact are automatically supplied with them. Use a small Tenon saw, and ensure you cut it square. Remove the covers from the velcro patches and position and push the valance into place.
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.
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.
Clean with a dry, lint-free cloth.
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 you do not receive a safety device with your order, please contact us at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
You will be provided with a child safety cleat with each blind on your order. If you cannot find it. please contact us at email@example.com to request a replacement, before fitting your blind.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 foolproof. People in charge of children and vulnerable people are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by us the manufacturer.