With Blinds4You, fitting for your new, beautiful roller blind is easy. Just follow this step-by-step guide, taking care to double check as you go, and look out for some handy tips to help you save time too.
How to Fit Roller Blinds: 5 Step Guide
This guide works for:
Standard Roller blinds
Electric Roller blinds (note has its own special guide for setting up remote control)
This section covers fitting a roller blind in a standard window. If you have a bay window or something a bit more unusual, don’t worry because this advice applies the same too but refer to our measuring guides for more illustrations of blind fitting position.
Please make sure you have the appropriate tools to successfully hang your new roller blind. We suggest you use:
- Quality metal tape measure
- Drill and drill bit
- Screw driver
Step 1. Before you start fitting your roller blind
Your new roller blind will be made to details chosen when you ordered. However, there are some things you can change if you have changed your mind. You are best to do this before you fit the brackets.
If you wish to change the control side, it is quite straightforward. Pop out the end sets from the tube at each side. You can then swap them over.
If you wish to change the roll of the blind from standard (fabric falls closest to window) to reverse (fabric falls to the room) or vice versa, simply pull the chain to unfurl the roller fabric until the metal tube is exposed. Then keep turning so the fabric will start to roll back “up” the tube into the new roll position.
Roller blinds can have the fabric rolled onto the tube in two directions. The first is referred to as a standard roll. This will place the fabric closest to the window or wall so that it comes down at the back of the tube. This is typically used with blackout blinds when they are mounted outside of a recess, the standard roll meaning that there is less light leakage
The second method is referred to as a ‘reverse’ roll, which places the fabric so that it comes down at the front of the tube, effectively hiding the roll. This method will allow clearance behind the fabric, for window handles and other obstructions, if you’re mounting the blind inside a recess.
If you wish to change the roll method then it’s easy; simply pull the back of the chain to lower the blind, and continue pulling until the metal tube is exposed. Keep going and the blind will begin to raise,with fabric now rolling up over the front of the roller tube. Note that this will reverse the direct you must pull the chain for raising and lowering the blind (you’ll now use the front of the chain to lower and the back of the chain to raise.
Step 2. Fitting the Brackets for a roller blind
The universal brackets provided with your new roller blind can be used to offer three methods of installation:
where the brackets are screwed into the lintel (or ceiling of the recess)
where the brackets are screwed onto a facing surface (a wall or window frame)
where the brackets are screwed into the side walls of the recess
Top fixing and face fixing are your most typical installation. Side-fixing is only recommended if you measured at the very top of your window recess.
To fit your brackets, follow these steps:
Place your bracket based on the method of choice above and make relevant pencil marks at each side of the window
Drill holes marked with appropriate drill and drill bit and insert rawl plugs
Screw in bracket based on preferred installation of the blind cord
Step 3. Fitting the roller blind
- Locate the pin-end (the opposite end to the controls) of the blind into the central hole in the corresponding bracket.
- Lift the control end of the blind and slot the rectangular ‘lugs’ into the corresponding slots on the bracket.
- Holding the blind by the control side, place the Pin-End into the central hole of the bracket.
- Then raise the control side up to the bracket, placing the “lugs” into the slot.
- A top tip for attaching the roller blind is to hook the pin whilst keeping the control side flat so the chain falls straight down.
Step 4. Fitting Child Safety Devices
If you have a cord retaining device, you must install this at least 150cm from the floor and at the maximum distance from the control mechanism to ensure the looped cords are held taut and can’t become slack.
Use your pencil again to mark where the retaining device should be installed and drill relevant holes. Attach securely using an appropriate screw.
Step 5. Enjoy your Roller Blind
There you have it, a job well done! Sit down, relax, get a drink, and enjoy the transformation of your room with your newly fitted roller blind.