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How to fit Pleated Blinds

To fit the perfect pleated blinds, so that you benefit fully from their eco friendly features, follow this simple guide.

Pleated blinds come in a variety of styles to fit a series of windows and doors but the technology and intricate design stays relatively the same. Pleated blinds employ a honeycomb structure which flexes between flat and open hexagonal cells that trap pockets of air, helping to insulate and soundproof your home.

Fitting your pleated blind should be simple enough, even if DIY is not your forte. For best results, we suggest you have the following tools:

Pencil

Quality metal tape measure

Drill and drill bit

Rawl plugs

Screw driver

Step 1: Before you start fitting your Pleated blind

You should have all the fixtures and fittings from unpacking your pleated blinds. But, before you begin drilling holes, you should consider the following:

  • Decide whether you intend on mounting your pleated blind either on the inside or outside of the recess of your window.
  • Inside the window recess is the most common option when fitting pleated blinds. However, to ensure a flush fit, make sure there are no protruding window handles, locks and other mechanisms may interfere with the pull or extension of the blind.
  • Mounting your pleated blind outside your window recess, will result in some light appearing through the gaps, as opposed to a full blackout.
  • Double check the surface you’ve selected and make sure it is appropriate for fitting fixtures.

Now that you’ve assed the situation fully, you can begin the installation of your pleated blinds.

Step 2: Fitting the brackets for Pleated blinds

Although you may be eager to see how your new pleated blinds look, don’t forget to take your time at this stage, so that you don’t make any mistakes.

  • When positioning your brackets, bear in mind that they should be at least 1.1cm in from the ends of your headrail and not flush to the corner of your window space.
  • Once you’re happy with your initial bracket position, use your tape measure to mark exactly where you want them to go and make sure they align.
  • Now hold one of your brackets in place and use your pencil to mark the position of each screw hole. Repeat this for your other brackets.
  • You can now use your drill to drill out each hole and insert rawl plugs into each.
  • Take your first bracket, line it up over the drill holes. Take one of the screws and use your screwdriver to screw it into place.
  • Your bracket may have experienced some movement, so realign it over the pencil mark once again and screw in the next screw.
  • Now repeat this process for all of your brackets

Step 3: Fitting the Pleated blind

Your brackets should now be firmly in place and accurately aligned. This next step is to fix the headrail for your pleated blind into position.

 

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Take the headrail and tilt it on an angle and slowly guide it towards your fixed brackets

2.

Now hook the top of the clip into the brackets

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Once you feel as if it’s hooked into position, push the headrail down until it clicks into place

4.

Test your blind for by extending and retracting it

Your pleated blind should now be firmly fixed but fluid in its movements. Explore it from different angles and make sure you’re happy with the overall look. If something appears not quite right, revisit the steps above to ensure the blind is fully clipped into place. Failing this, check your brackets again.

Step 4. Fitting the safety mechanism for Pleated blinds

Just as you thought you’d finished fitting your pleated blinds, there is still one crucial step to go.

The strings and cords which operate your blind can be a choking hazard, especially for young children and pets. To avoid disaster, install your safety mechanism with care.

 

  1. Firstly, from the control side, you will need to measure from the ground up to at least 1.5 meters. This is where your safety device is best positioned.
  2. Similar to how you installed the brackets, position the device against the surface and mark the screw holes with your pencil.
  3. Now take your drill and drill precisely where you marked with your pencil.
  4. Align the safety device over the new holes, grab a couple of screws and use your screwdriver to screw the device into place.
  5. Once it’s secure, wrap the cords around them, so that they’re taught and well out of the reach of children and animals.

 

Step 5. Enjoy your Pleated blinds

Hurray! Congratulations on the successful installation of your pleated blinds. It wasn’t too difficult was it? Hopefully, they are already serving their purpose, just as you intended.

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