HOW TO FIT FAUX WOOD BLINDS
You'll have your faux-wood blinds installed in no time with this handy guide.
When your faux-wood blinds arrive you will need a handful of common tools to put them up in a matter of minutes:
You will need:
A drill with correct bit
A crossheaded screwdriver
A metal measuring tape
You should have:
x2 box brackets
x2 safety cleats
screws & raw plugs as required
centre support bracket as required (quantity to suit length of blind)
valance clips as required
Step 1: Fix the brackets
- Our box brackets can be face, side or top fixed, depending on your requirements. (They are marked LH/RH for convenience).
- Ensure the brackets are positioned a suitable distance away from any window handles or obstructions to allow the blind to operate smoothly.
- Hold each bracket in place and mark where the screws will go, using the relevant holes in the bracket as a guide.
- If you are fitting to a wall or lintel, use a drill with the suitable size and type of bit to make your holes and push in the wall plugs.
- If you're fitting into a wooden frame, screw your brackets into position. You may want to make pilot holes to allow easier fixing of the screws.
- Fix each box bracket into place. If centre supports are supplied, (dependant on blind width), space these equally along the width of the blind, you may want to use the blind headrail as a template to help with this. Once positioned, mark, drill, plug and secure the central supports.
Centre support - top fix
Centre support - face fix
Step 2: Fix the blinds
- Attach the valance hooks to the headrail by clipping them over the top of the headrail and snapping into place at the bottom. Space them at equal distance along the length of the headrail.
- Offer the blind headrail up the the brackets and close the hinged gate on the box brackets, they should click in place securely closed. Installation is now complete.
- To remove the headrail, secure the blind slats in the up position, and carefully open the box bracket hinged gates before removing the headrail from the brackets.
Step 3: Fix the valance
- Space supplied valance clips equally along the headrail, allowing 5cm clearance between control mechanisms and valance clips. Clip the valance clips on to the front edge of the headrail as shown in image 1. With a downward motion click the valance clip into place as shown in image 2.
- Locate the grove on the back of the valance and carefully position it against the headrail catching the top part of the clip in the groove as shown in image 3. Apply gentle pressure downward and towards the headrail to clip the valance into place as shown in image 4.
Step 4: Fitting the safety cleat
- Blinds that require a safety cleat must not be installed less than 1.5m from the floor. Safety cleats are designed to keep cords taut and out of reach of children – always wrap the cord around the cleat.
- Fix the safety cleat to the wall with 2 screws in a position that’s out of reach of children. Install it as close to the head rail as possible, ensuring that it is no closer to the floor than 1.5m.
- If more than one cleat is required for the complete amount of cord to be wrapped around, ensure that they are positioned no further apart than 20cm and both are no closer to the floor than 1.5m.
Step 5: Re-assemble the cord consolidator
- Please note - the consolidator is designed to come apart to remove a hazardous loop. To reconnect the consolidator, check that it is not damaged, then re-insert the free cords as described below. If any slack cording appears above the consolidator, lower the blind so that it is straight and raise it again.
- Gather the loose cords together and align the knots. Insert the knotted ends into the groove at the top of the consolidator, ensure that the knots are secured below the central panel.
- Secure the two halves together.
There are things that you can do to reduce risk in your home.
- Move beds, cots and furniture away from the window.
- Do not let cords or chains hang loose. Make sure they are kept out of reach of children at all times. Do not tie loose cords and chains together.
- Check the condition of all safety devices if not used regularly and replace if the device is faulty.
Operating your blind
- To adjust the angle of the louvres, twist the wand and the louvres will turn through 180 degrees. To adjust the angle of the louvres, twist the wand and the louvres will turn through 180 degrees.
- To open and close the blind, pull the wand ensuring the louvres are in the open position. To open and close the blind, pull the wand ensuring the louvres are in the open position.
- From time to time your louvres may be knocked out of alignment. To re-align the louvres remove them from the headrail and draw into the open position. Using the wand rotate the hooks (that hold the louvres onto the headrail) until they are aligned. You will feel some resistance and you may hear a clicking noise, this is normal and you should continue to operate the wand until the hooks are fully aligned.
Blinds can be potentially dangerous to small children. Please be aware that swallowing small parts can cause internal asphyxiation. Looped or low hanging cords, chains or tapes can create hazardous loops which could lead to the risk of strangulation. We do everything we can to ensure your chosen product is child safe. As a minimum all of our blinds meet the European Standard BS EN 13120 for safety. Our instructions and the supplied Child Safety device(s) are intended for you to ensure that your blind is as safe as possible.Blinds can be potentially dangerous to small children. Please be aware that swallowing small parts can cause internal asphyxiation. Looped or low hanging cords, chains or tapes can create hazardous loops which could lead to the risk of strangulation. We do everything we can to ensure your chosen product is child safe. As a minimum all of our blinds meet the European Standard BS EN 13120 for safety. Our instructions and the supplied Child Safety device(s) are intended for you to ensure that your blind is as safe as possible.The information below gives guidance for fitting the provided child safety devices. All safety devices must be correctly installed for the protection from strangulation of young children and the proper use of the blind. Please read the instructions carefully and keep safe for future reference. Only use the devices and cords provided with your blind. Videos showing how to fit and reconnect child safety devices are available, along with replacements at: www.makeitchildsafe.co.uk.
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