Fitting your Roman Blind | 247 Guides
Roman Blinds give you the option of creating a highly-textured, multi-tonal look in your home. Whilst their luxurious lining options and highly tailored finish create a thermal, cosy finish with a refined edge.
Made to your measurements, we'll take you through this easy fitting guide, each step of the way. You'll have your Roman blinds up in no time at all!
What do I need to fit?
You don’t need expert tools for the job, but we’d recommend the following:
o Pencil to mark out your bracket placements
o A screwdriver, or power drill to quicken things up.
o A measuring tape to help measure up bracket placements.
o The correct screws and wall plugs for the surface you’ll be fitting your blind to. This could be plaster, wood or even steel so we’d recommend looking online to ensure you get the best fittings for your blind.
What comes with my blind?
Your new blind comes with a few basic pieces:
- The blind
- Swivel brackets
- Chain-controlled headrail
- Child Safety Devices if needed for your control & blind type. *
Unfortunately, we’re not always able to send these with screws and wall plugs included, so we would always recommend you get the best screws and wall plugs for the area/surface you’re fitting your blind into, prior to delivery.
*Not all Roman blinds need a wall-installed safety device, as the chrome chain sits in a cog that releases under pressure. So, no need to worry if your blind is missing this device!
Fitting your blind.
Fitting Time – Approx. 30 minutes, first time.
Unpack your Roman blind and check that everything is present. Now you need to fit the blind.
Fixing the brackets - Step 1.
Roman blinds come with a set of swivel brackets. The larger the blind gets, the more of these you may have. Decide how you want to fit; you can choose from top-fixing or face-fixing.
Top fix means to install the screws bottom-up through the top of the brackets, this method is used for attaching to the ceiling or top of the window recess.
Face fixing means to fit through the back side of the brackets, directly onto a vertical surface, such as a wall.
Install the brackets starting from 110mm from the ends of the headrail to start, then install, spacing evenly across window, for equal support. Hold each bracket in place and mark the hole positions.
A note on top fixing: -
The blind depth, from the back of the bracket to the front of the headrail, is approx. 4.5cm. The fabric on top of this can add around 0.5-1cm. Measure and mark the distance (D) where you’ll be fitting the brackets to, allowing for obstructions like window handles.
Now move onto the next step!
Fitting the brackets - Step 2.
Your blind has a Velcro part that sticks onto the headrail, we recommend removing the top of the blind from the headrail so you can see what you’re doing with the brackets for this next step.
The swivel brackets that come with your blind will have a slight lip that slots into the top of the headrail, near the front. Use a gentle swing motion to slot your headrail into place.
You may need to angle the blind slightly. Ensure the front arm is opened counter-clockwise for the next step.
Once you have done this, with the brackets & headrail sitting nicely in place, swing the arm to the left, ending in a closed position.
This will keep the blind locked into place. Don’t be afraid to use a little bit of force if you need to with this step.
Velcro your Roman blind fabric back into place, hiding the brackets arm from the front. It’s as easy as that!
Please read the child safety page, for information regarding the chain control that may come with your Roman blind.
Roman blinds, though packed with as much care as possible, can be prone to slight creasing. This can vary depending on the fabric material. Creases should drop out naturally in around 2 weeks.
Roman blinds are kept free of dust and debris by being used on a regular basis, raising the blind open and closed to help avoid dust build up.
Lightly dust with a microfibre or feather duster, or for a faster method, a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment for those awkward angles.
For deep cleans, we’d recommend avoiding using bleach and cleaning fluids as these could damage the blind and soft fabric fibres. Roman blinds must be dry-cleaned to avoid damage, however, please be mindful of the lining of this blind type, it’s important to mention this to the dry-cleaning expert.
All blinds present a strangulation risk due to cords and chains. Keep out of reach and ensure you install all safety devices that come with the blind, immediately after fitting.
Ensure all cords & chains are kept away from small children, vulnerable people, and pets. All blinds present a strangulation risk due to cords and chains.
Move beds, cots and climbable furniture away from windows. Do not tie cords together and make sure cords do not twist and create a loop.
If this blind comes with a safety device for screwing to the wall. Install your safety device at the maximum distance possible from the control mechanism and at least 1.5 metres from the floor. The control chain should be fed through the safety device, keeping the chain taut.
Some Roman blinds instead come with a control chain that breaks over 6KG of pressure. This chained device needs to be installed no less than 60CM from the floor. There is no need for a wall-installed safety device for this type of operation. These blinds have been tested to BSEN16433:2014 and BSEN1634:2014 standard.
Raise cords/tapes used at the back of the blind feature safety break points, which are also designed to snap under pressure. Simply clip the back break points back together if this happens.