If you're looking for an alternative window covering to a curtain, roller blinds may be your answer. Often a daunting prospect to install, you can fit of one these if you follow this simple step by step guide. You'll need these 4 basic materials: a window blind, double sided tape, screws and wall fixings. Do consult the manufacturers instructions and any diagrams that come with the product. In terms of tools, you'll need the following: Electric Drill, drill bits including a masonry bit, screwdriver, a bradawl, a spirit level, steel tape measure, a pencil.
For the purposes of this HowTo video we are fitting a cord operated roller blind outside the window recess. The alternative is to fit it in to a window recess, but this may require it to be cut to size. You should decide where and how to hang the blind before you buy it. Measure the width and the drop, and take the measurements with you when visiting the store.
Your brackets can be either be face fixed or top fixed, using either the side fixing holes or the top ones. When positioning the blind, never bore close to the edge of plaster or brickwork always allow a minimum clearance of 50mm. Mark the position of the screw holes. Then use a drill and masonry bit to suit the wall fixing and drill fixing holes. Insert the wall fixings, and screw the brackets to the wall.
Now for the blind fitting. Position the sidewinder end of the blind into the bracket. You will be putting the square peg into the square hole. At the opposite end, insert the dummy pin into the bracket feeder channel to the central point. Snap the blind into position in the round hole.
To make the blind go up and down, simply pull the side cord. Use the back chord to lower, and the front cord to raise it. To remove the blind from its brackets, simply apply some gentle pressure to the dummy pin end, pushing upwards for top fixed brackets and inwards towards the window for face or side fixed brackets. The blind will now feed through the channel until it is free. Pull the sidewinder end of the blind out of its bracket to remove.