How to Measure and Hang Roller Blinds

How do I measure for roller blinds?

How to measure inside the recess

The recess has to be at least 75mm deep to house the operating mechanism. You also need to make sure that there are no obstructions anywhere inside the recess that might stop the blind from hanging correctly, e.g., window handles. Remember that the fabric will be smaller than the recess width to fit the mechanism in, so you may need to fit your blind outside the recess.

To allow for variations at different points of the window, measure both the width and the height of your window in three different places, taking the smallest measurement for each.

How to measure outside the recess

You don’t want light seeping in around the edges of your blind, so once you’ve carefully measured your window’s width you need to add at least an extra 5cm (2”), which will give you a 2.5cm (1”) overlap on either side. If your window has wide mouldings, it often looks neater to ensure your blind hangs flush with the edges, so measure from one edge of your mouldings to the other.

Similarly, when you’re measuring your window’s height, you need to take into account that the brackets or track supporting your blind will be fixed a few centimetres above your window (ideally at least 5cm, or 2”) so you should measure from just below your proposed fixings down to the window’s sill.

Please note: Our blinds come with a standard length for each type of blind. Please check this when buying your required width to ensure your blind will fit.

How do I fit roller blinds?

For a blind intended to fit inside a recess, you need to fix the brackets to the underside of the top of the window, the adjacent walls, or the window frame.

Otherwise, fix the brackets into either the wall or a wooden batten just above the window. If it’s wide and flat enough, you can screw brackets into the window frame itself. However, you should avoid screwing directly into PVC window frames, which will cause irreparable damage.

How do I cut roller blinds to fit my windows?

First measure your window, using the guide in ‘How do I measure for roller blinds’ above.

If you’re readjusting one of the many types of roller blind, open it out on your floor and draw the line where you need to cut. Use sharp scissors or a knife to cut the fabric, then cut the tube using a hacksaw. For more detailed information, refer to the instruction leaflet included with your blind.

How to fit a roller blind

Discover tips on how to fit a roller blind in this helpful video, and discover the essential roller blind fittings you may require for the job.

How do I clean roller blinds?

To keep your blinds looking their best as well as ensuring they last longer, you should clean them regularly. Depending on the type and fabric, some blinds will have specific care instructions, which you’ll find either on the packaging or in the included leaflet.

Generally, however, most blinds can be simply dusted, wiped clean, or vacuumed using an upholstery brush.

Roller blinds cord safety advice

Young children have been strangled by loops in pull cords, chains and cords that operate blinds.

All our blinds comply with the latest child-safety regulations which are enforced to reduce this risk. Roller blinds have a break-away device fitted as standard and the cord length is limited.

To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of the reach of young children. Cords may become wrapped around a child’s neck.

Move beds, cots and furniture away from blind cords.

Do not tie cords together. Make sure cords do not twist and create a loop.

Ensure you fit any safety devices provided with your blind, such as a cleat or P-clip.



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