Blind Fitting Instructions

Below you will find important information on fitting, care and safety instructions for your brand new blinds. Jump straight to: instructions for Roman blinds, instructions for Venetian blinds, instructions for Roller blinds, instructions for Wooden Venetian blinds, instructions for Vertical blinds, instructions for Panel blinds, instructions for Perfect Fit blinds, instructions for Pleated blinds, instructions for Curtains, instructions for alterations to blinds

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Roman Blind Fitting and Care Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind please read these instructions carefully.

Demonstration Video

Roman Blinds Installation

  • Place the appropriate brackets in position and mark the surface of the wall or window frame through the bracket fixing points for the fixing holes. The brackets should be positioned at each end of the headrail approximately 110mm in and intermediately spread across the width as required.
  • Fix the brackets in place using appropriate fixings for the type of surface. (The fixings supplied are designed for fixing into a Wooden surface). For alternative surface i.e. plaster/concrete alternative suitable fixings should be used.

Sidewinder Cassette Roman System

Standard Universal spring bracket – Hook the headrail onto front prongs of the bracket (not the flat lever),push the headrail backwards and the rear of the headrail fully up to lock the blind in the brackets.

To operate the blind, pull the appropriate chain to raise or lower.

S’ Track Cord Lock Roman System

Offer the blind up to the brackets and clip/fix in place. This is done by resting the rail onto the top of the bracket and pushing it back to locate onto the bottom of the bracket.

To operate the blind. To lower - Pull the cord (with acorn on) towards the centre of the blind to release the locking mechanism and to allow the blind to lower. To raise – Pull the same cord and holding it towards the edge of the blind slightly which allows the locking mechanism to locate.

 

 

 

 

Caring For your Blind

Do not allow moisture to settle on the blinds - wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use any type of detergent to clean your blind - clean damp cloth only. Do not oil or lubricate any part of the blind.

Making it Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains. An appropriate safety device has been included with your blind. Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it. Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Venetian Blind Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind please read these instructions carefully.

Demonstration Video

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Metal 15mm and 25mm with Standard Universal Swivel Bracket

  • Place the appropriate brackets in position and mark the surface of the wall through the bracket fixing points for the fixing holes. The brackets should be positioned at each end of the headrail between the first ladder tape and the lock or tilt mechanism, ensuring that they will not align with any headrail components with intermediate brackets as supplied spread evenly across the blind width.
  • Fix the brackets in place using appropriate fixings for the type of surface. (The fixings supplied with this product are designed for fixing into wooden surface. For alternative surfaces i.e. plaster/concrete alternative, suitable fixings should be used).
  • Offer the blind up to the brackets and clip/fix in place. The bracket should be located on the front of the headrail, the back of the headrail pushed up and the locking lever pushed home.

Operating Your Blind - Lowering Your Blind

To lower the blind pull the cord (with acorn on) towards the centre of the blind to release the locking mechanism and allow the blind to lower. (Only raise/lower the blind when the slats are in the open position.)

Operating Your Blind - Locking Your Blind

To lock the blind pull the cord (with acorn on) towards the edge of the blind and slightly release allowing locking mechanism to locate. Only raise/lower the blind when the slats are in the open position.

Operating Your Blind - Tilting Your Blind

To tilt the blind (cord operation) pull one cord or one side of the endless cord loop, or (wand operation) twist the wand either one way or the other.

Metal 35mm and 50mm Venetian Blinds with Universal Swivel brackets

All as above.

 

 

Caring For your Blind

Do not allow moisture to settle on the blinds – wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use any type of detergent to clean your blind – clean damp cloth only. Do not oil or lubricate any part of the blind.

Making it Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains. An appropriate safety device has been included with your blind. Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it. Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Roller Blind Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind, please read the instructions carefully.

Demonstration Video

Click here to download the fitting and operating instructions for Vision Roller Blinds

Fitting Brackets on a Blind with Side Control Chain

The bracket positions illustrated are for a blind with the control chain on the right hand side of the blind. For a blind with the control on the left, the brackets should be at opposite ends. Brackets can be top, side or face fixed to any flat surface. They must be level to ensure the smooth operation of the blind. Check that the rolled up fabric will not touch any surface. To calculate the spacing between the brackets, add 35mm (1 “) to the width of the blind fabric. Fix the brackets so that the outsides of the brackets are this distance apart.

Fitting the Blinds with a Side Control Chain

Hold the blind to the brackets with the fabric hanging from the back of the blind. Fit the spring plunger into its bracket and push the blind into the bracket, depressing the plunger. With the locating hook pointing downwards and the chain guard lug at the top, place the hook into the vertical part of the ‘+’ shaped hole in the bracket. Allow the hook to drop downwards so that it locks into place in the bracket.

Operating a Blind with a Side Control Chain

To raise or lower the blind pull the side chain appropriately.

 Blinds with Spring Control

Make sure that the blind fabric is completely rolled onto the roller. Fit the spring plunger end into the right hand bracket. Push the blind to the right, depressing the spring plunger. Clip the blind into the left hand bracket, making sure that the location spigot is located on the lowest slot in the bracket - this is VERY important.

Now, release the ' locking pin'

(Do not pull all the way out) from the front side of the spring. Your blind has been pre-tensioned and is now ready to operate.

Altering the Spring Tensioning.

If the fabric does not wind up completely when the blind is operated, greater spring tension can be applied as follows:

  • Pull the blind down 250mm (10”) from its uppermost position and lock off.

Relocate the 'locking pin'.

  • Remove the blind from the brackets and roll the material, by hand, back onto the roller.
  • Replace the blind into the brackets,

Now, release the 'locking pin' and check for correct tension.

  • In the unlikely event that the tension is still insufficient, repeat steps a) to c).
  • In the event of the tension being too great,

Relocate the 'locking pin'

  •  Remove the blind from the brackets as above and roll the material, by hand, off the roller.
  • Replace the blind into the brackets.

Now, release the 'locking pin' and check for correct tension.

Your blind is now ready to operate.

Operating a Blind with a Spring Operation

To raise or lower the blind pull the centre cord slightly to allow the lock to disengage, allow the blind to raise or pull to lower the blind, hold in position allowing the lock to engage

 

Caring for Your Blind

Do not allow moisture to settle on the blinds - wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use any type of detergent to clean your blind - clean damp cloth only. Do not oil or lubricate any part of the blind.

Making it Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains. An appropriate safety device has been included with your blind. Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it. Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Wooden Venetian Blind Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind, please read the instructions carefully.

Demonstration Video

NB:- You may receive your blind supplied with RED transit ties fitted within the headrail.  These are to protect the blind during delivery and should be carefully cut and removed prior to fitting your blind.  Once removed check that all the blind components are fully 'clicked' into place.

As our slats come from different suppliers, the headrails and components may differ between the ranges.  Please download the appropriate PDF document below:

Faux Wooden Instructions

Hertiage, Primary & Congo Instructions

"Privacy & Hollywood Instructions

Ganges Instructions

Nile Instructions

Mississippi, Amazon and Zambezi Instructions

Santa Fe, Deep Grain, Colour Pop and Colour Prime Instructions.

General Installation

  • Brackets should be placed at the width of blind’s headrail 6mm past each end. The bracket doesn’t necessarily need to touch the inside face of the window frame.
  • Align the top of the centre support bracket with the top mounting bracket before installation. Install with bigger flap of the centre support bracket in the top side and clear of the slat ladder positions.
  • Push rail into brackets. Then press gate to close brackets.
  • To install the facia onto the head rail use one of the following methods as supplied with your blind: metal bracket, plastic clip or Velcro pad.

Operating Your Blind - Lowering Your Blind

To lower the blind pull the cord (with acorn on) towards the centre of the blind to release the locking mechanism and allow the blind to lower. Only raise / lower the blind when the slats are in the open position.

Operating Your Blind - Locking Your Blind

To lock the blind pull the cord (with acorn on) towards the edge of the blind and slightly release allowing locking mechanism to locate. Only raise / lower the blind when the slats are in the open position.

Operating Your Blind - Tilting Your Blind

To tilt the blind (cord operation) pull one cord or one side of the endless cord loop, or (wand operation) twist the wand either one way or the other.

Caring for Your Blind

Do not allow moisture to settle on the blinds - wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use any type of detergent to clean your blind - clean damp cloth only. Do not oil or lubricate any part of the blind. Wooden Slat blinds must only be cleaned using a dry soft cloth.

Making it Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains. An appropriate safety device has been included with your blind. Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it. Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Vertical Blind Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind, please read the instructions carefully.

Demonstration Video

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Fitting Top Fixing Brackets

Fix brackets to ceiling or lintel with holes drilled on a line at least 3” (75mm) from the wall or window frame for blinds with 5” (127mm) slats or 2” (55mm) for blinds with 3 “ (89mm) slats. End brackets should be about 1” (40mm) from the ends of the track. Any remaining brackets should be spaced evenly between these two brackets.

Fitting Face Fixing Brackets

Fix brackets to wall or window frame as closely as possible to the ceiling or lintel with same spacing as recommended for the top fixing brackets.

Removing Track Packaging

Remove packaging material from track, releasing the cord and chain. Cord or wand control traverses the slats or vanes and the chain control, rotates them.

Fitting the Track

The track must be fitted into the brackets keeping controls to side ordered. Locate the small lip projecting from brackets into groove in track. Push track up into brackets. Spring clip brackets will hold your track without further adjustment. If your brackets have retaining screws, these should now be screwed into the other slot in the track. Please do not over tighten the screws. This is unnecessary and will damage the track.

Fitting the Slats or Vanes

Turn hooks so that the slots are 90° to the track. Hang the slats, keeping all seams one way. Your blind is now ready to operate.

 Important Note

Important Do not traverse blinds with slats in closed position. Always turn them 90° to the track before operating cord control.

Operating Your Vertical Blind

To tilt the slats pull the side chain appropriately. To traverse the slats pull the cord appropriately. (Do not traverse the slats when in the closed position).

Caring for Your Blind

Do not allow moisture to settle on the blinds - wipe with a clean damp cloth. Do not use any type of detergent to clean your blind - clean damp cloth only. Do not oil or lubricate any part of the blind.

Making is Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains. An appropriate safety device has been included with your blind. Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it. Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Panel Blinds Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind, please read the instructions carefully.

Fitting the Brackets

The panel blind track uses turnbuckle style brackets to secure the panel track. These are normally top fix turnbuckle brackets and to change them into face fix the turnbuckle brackets are secured to a face fix bracket extender using a nut and bolt.
In a normal installation ensure that there is a 40mm (1 9/16”) clearance for the bracket from any obstruction. e.g a pelmet.
However if the track is a 4 track split draw corded configuration, the headrail must be turned around through 180 degrees and the brackets fixed 60mm (2 3/8”) from any obstruction.


For a panel track up to 1 metre in length attach two brackets fitted 50mm (2”) from each end of the panel track. One fixing screw should be used in the centre hole of each bracket. Any intermediate brackets should be spaced evenly between these and as a
general rule:


Upto 1m = 2 brackets.
1m to 2m = 3 brackets.
2m to 3m = 4 brackets.
Over 3m = 5 brackets.


Mark the bracket hole positions before drilling and plugging if necessary. Use two screws for a face fix bracket and one screw in a top fix bracket ensuring that the brackets are level. Remember to allow room for the blind to clear any obstacles when deployed, e.g. door or window handles.

Fitting the Track

Offer the panel track to the brackets, cnetralise the track and secure the track by rotating the turnbuckle brackets.

Removing the Track

First remove all the attached panels from the blind.  Then rotate each of the turnbucfkle brackets until the track can be safely removed.

Fitting the Panels

The panels will have a strip of Velcro fitted along the top edge of the panel. This will be used to attach the panel to the track using the strip of Velcro running along the length of each panel runner. Run the panel runners along the track to give easy access for the panels to attach to the runners. Starting at the back of the blind attach the appropriate panel to the rearmost panel runner. Repeat this moving forward one panel runner at a time until all panels have been fitted.


For a split draw panel blind follow the above step starting on one side of the blind, then moving to the other side of the blind.
Check that the panels line up across the bottom bar and adjust individual panels if this is not the case.

Operating a cord control

To enable the louvres to transverse the track, pull down the cord.  To restore the louvres pull down on the other strange of the cord.

Operating a wand control

To close the panel blind, grip the wand and walk the wand across the window until the blind is in the closed position
To open the panel blind, grip the wand and walk the wand in the opposite direction until the panel blind is in the open position..

Making it Safe

Reduce the risk from looped blind controls and chains.  As appropiate safety device has been included with your blind.  Please ensure this device is installed as per the attached instructions included with it.  Please, also read the safety information as per the Safety swing tag attached to your blind.

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Pleated Blinds Fitting, Care and Safety Instructions

Before attempting to fit your window blind, please read the instructions carefully.

Top fix brackets supplied as standard. Please email if face fix option required, available at £1.75 each

Pleated Roof PDF

Pleated Freehanging PDF

Click here to download these blind fitting instructions as a PDF document.

Opening and Closing

To open the hanging: Pull the cord on the tassel downwards. When the tassel is released, the hanging stays in the desired position. To close the hanging: Pull the tassel to the middle of the hanging, guide it at an angle to the cord lock. The hanging closes. Tensioned pleated blinds are opened and closed by moving the operating handle, using the control rod to help if necessary. Attach the control rod to the operating handle.

Mounting

Place the profile in the back edge of the clip and push the front of the profile upwards (till it clicks in). When dismounting, push the flap of the clip upwards to be able to take the profile out of the clip.

Installation

Final wire tensioning carried out after installation of the pleated blind. 1. Secure the end of the wire by hand or using pliers. 2. Release the screw slightly (turn angle screwdriver anti-clockwise). 3. Tension the wire (by hand or use pliers). 4. Tighten the screw (turn angle screwdriver clockwise). 5. Final tensioning of the wire is achieved by further tightening of the wire stretcher. For pleated blinds with more than one wire, repeat steps 1 to 5. If the blind will not stay in position or is hard to move adjustment of the cord on the outside edge of the Blind is required. To do this use the screw at the opposite end of the rail to the wire stretching screw. Turn clockwise to increase tension.

Caring for Your Blind

Occasional brushing with a soft brush or a feather duster is usually sufficient. When cleaning glass and the window frame, make sure that no water or caustic cleaning agents come into contact with the pleated blind fabric. No guarantee can be offered for damage to fabrics that is attributable to condensation, cleaning agents or soiling by insects.

Making it Safe

Please read the instructions carefully before fitting the blind. Blinds must be fitted by skilled personnel. Wrong installation may result in accidents. Installation work in the 230 V range must only be carried out by authorized specialist. Alterations of the blind must be approved by the blind manufacturer. No screws for fixing are enclosed. Always use appropriate screws and plugs suited for the wall or ceiling material where the blind is fitted! In the interest of safety, please adjust pull cords and chains to keep them out of the reach of children. Move cots, beds and other furniture away from blinds. Install safety devices such as cleats and cord tidies to limit access to cords. Keep remote controls out of the reach of children.

Perfect Fit Instructions

Perfect Fit Lite Measuring and Fitting

Pleated P Fit Instructions Lite

Venetian Perfect Fit Lite Instructions

Curtains Fitting Instructions

How to Hang Your Curtains

Please click on the following links for instructions for curtains fitting instructions:

Eyelet Curtains Hanging Instructions

Pencil Curtains Hanging Instructions

Pinch Pleat Curtains Hanging Instructions

Blind Alterations

Information on how to make alterations to blinds.

Sidewinder Roller Blind from Right Hand to Left Hand Control or Left to Right

  • If the blind is installed remove from brackets, ensure the blind is rolled up.
  • Remove the control unit and the plunger end from the blind and swap ends.
  • Before reinserting the sidewinder unit into the tube, ensure the silver chain connector is at the back of the sidewinder unit when the blind is in the rolled up position. (This can be altered by holding the outer sleeve of the unit with one hand and pulling the chain through with the other hand).
  • Re-fit the brackets to the correct ends.
  • Fit the blind into the brackets with the locating hook pointing downwards.

Sidewinder Roller Blind from A mount to B mount (fabric coming off front of roller)

  • Remove blind from brackets.
  • Remove the sidewinder control end from the blind.
  • Roll the fabric off the metal tube and re-roll the other way.
  • Hold the blind facing you which should be in the B mount position with the face of the fabric facing.
  • Before reinserting the sidewinder unit, ensure the silver chain connector is at the front of the sidewinder unit when the blind is in the rolled up position (this can be altered by holding the outer sleeve of the unit with one hand and pulling the chain through with the other hand).
  • Re-insert the sidewinder unit into the right hand side if (RHC) or left for (LHC).
  • Re-fit the blind into the brackets with the locating hook pointing downwards.

Child Safety Make it Safe

Direct Blinds is proud to support the "Make it Safe" campaign to ensure our blinds are safe for young children and other vulnerable persons. Backed by the BBSA.

We take child safety extremely seriously that is why all our blinds are supplied with the appropriate Child Safety device.

We fully support the ‘Make it Safe’ campaign promoted and highlighted by The British Blind & Shutter Association. Which highlights the possible dangers that cords or bead chains could have to young children and or other vulnerable persons.

Download The BBSA ‘Make it Safe‘ leaflet.

 

If you have any questions regarding your blinds, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

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