Top Tips For Fitting Blinds
Blinds are relatively straightforward to fit, but will require some specific approaches for different types of blinds. Most conventional roller blinds can be fitted without a headrail, and can be easily adjusted. Moreover, vertical or Venetian and Roman blinds with a headrail can be attached with little trouble, while some exterior or roof blinds can often be bought for particular skylights or conservatory windows. The most important thing to remember is to make as accurate a set of measurements before the fitting process, as this will save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.
1 - Measuring
Before measuring, ensure that you have a metal tape measure and a pencil and paper. When measuring the inside mount of a window, take measurements for the top, middle and bottom of the frame to the nearest millimetre. The height measurement should include the tallest measurement within the frame for all blinds apart from vertical types, which require the shortest.
If dealing with an arched window, take a measurement of the base width and height of the frame. Outside measurements of a window frame, which can be taken if you want a perfectly fitted, or blackout blind, need to take into account enough space for the blind to protrude over the edges of the frame.
2 - Roller Blinds
Roller blinds do not have a headrail, and can be attached to brackets fixed onto either side of a frame. The fabric used in roller blinds can also be cut to suit changes in measurements.
3 - Venetian and Roman Blinds
As with other types of blinds, Roman and Venetian blinds should be fitted to measurements of an inside or outside mount. The headrail should fit neatly within the top of the mount, or a few inches outside it if going for a perfect fit. If dealing with wooden Venetian blinds, ensure that the angle of the fitted slats remains consistent when hanging, and avoid any entanglements.
Roman blinds require a cleat to be added to brackets. The cleat is necessary for the fabric to be tied onto the frame with a cord that either be loosened to fall, or bound up to stay in the same position. When fitting, the pleats should hang freely.
Blinds that require a cord lock, which include vertical blinds, require a cord to be pulled out to unlock, and pulled forward to lock the blind in place.
4 - Perfect Fit Blinds
Perfect fit blinds are ideal If you do want to cover a window or door space. They often require an additional frame for roller or Roman blinds, which the fabric can be clipped into and then attached to a frame. These frames also require a cord or wand to adjust the height of a blind, or to adjust the angle of vertical, horizontal and Venetian blinds.
5 - Skylights and Conservatories
Ready to fit measurements can often be found when fitting blinds to skylights and conservatories. Manufacturers can match up blind sizes to a make of conservatory roof, and can also offer fitting services. As with any other form of blind fitting, having the right measurements, while allowing for some overhang, will make the process a lot easier.