How to use a corded roman blind kit

Terry Baskeyfield | Posted

Note: We recommend a professional or a person competent in diy undertake this installation

Note: Additional fastners other than those sent with your roman blind kit may be required depending on the mounting surface. Wallboard and plaster require the use of anchors such as expansion or toggle bolts. Brick, tile or stone need special plugs and drill bits. Remember to always pre-drill holes in wood to avoid splitting.

Tools required:

  • Pencil
  • Screw Driver
  • Drill
  • 6mm Drill Bit
  • Hack Saw
  • Tape Measure
Table Of Blind Kit Contents

Step 1 - Fabric requirements for your blind

A Measure the width and drop of our window for recess fixed headrail or if you have mounted your blind headrail outside the recess, measure the width of the blind headrail by the drop required.

Measuring For Roman Blind

B Add to the finished blind the measurements shown in diagram B, On wider blinds more than a fabric width wide, join the fabric so the blind will have seams an equal distance from the centre. Mark the blind size plus seams with tailors chalk. Trim out the size.

Measuring Roman Blind Fabric

Step 2 - Sewing the side seams

Working on the back of the fabric, fold the side fabric under 0.5cm (3/16”) and then over 1cm (3/8”) to form a seam and sew down the inner edge. Repeat for the opposite side.

Roman Blind Hems

Step 3 - Stitching the loop tape to the top of the blind

Remove loop tape from headrail.

A Fold over the top of the fabric 1cm (3/8”).

Roman Blind Top Hem

B Place the loop tape over the fold leaving 0.5cm (3/16”) gap between the tape and the top of the fold. Sew the tape into place with two rows of stitches - a row on top and a row on the bottom of the tape.

Step 4 - Sewing the bottom bar pocket

Fold over and create a 4cm (15/8”) pocket with a turn over of 1cm (3/8”) as shown in the diagram. Stitch along the top edge hem/pocket.

Roman Blind Bottom Hem

Step 5 - Marking the tape positions

Divide the distance between the top and bottom of the blind by 6 and mark at both sides the position. With tailors chalk draw a faint line across the blind. Note: Ensure the lines are parallel before sewing blind in step 6.

Calculating Roman Blind Folds

Step 6 - Sewing the tape to the blind

A Rotate the tape so that it is in the upright position with the rear pocket at the bottom of the tape as shown opposite.

Note: Trim rods and tapes only if required

Roman Blind Spacing

B Measure and trim the 5 lengths of tape to the blind width plus 1cm (3/8”) at either end for seams.

C Place the lengths onto the chalk marks made previously and turn one side of each length in 1cm (3/8”) to form a hem on the tape.

D Sew to the blind with a row of stitching above the pocket area leaving one pocket end open on each to be hemmed later.

Step 7 - Inserting the roman rods

A Remove cap and trim the roman rods 2cm (3/4”) shorter than the blind width. Replace the cap.

Inserting Roman Blind Rods

B Insert into the open ends of pockets on the blind tape.

C Fold the end of the pocket under 1cm (3/8”) and stitch down the side.

Step 8 - Inserting the bottom bar

Trim the bottom bar to the same width as the roman rods cut previously (2cm (3/4”) shorter than the blind width). Insert into the bottom pocket of the blind. Place a tacking stitch at each end to hold in place.

Inserting Bottom Rod

Step 9 - Positioning the headrail

Note: Additional fastners other than those sent with your blind may be required depending on the mounting surface. Wallboard and plaster require the use of anchors such as expansion or toggle bolts. Brick, tile or stone need special plugs and drill bits. Remember to always pre-drill holes in wood to avoid splitting.

A Inside a Recess - Decide the position of the headrail so that it will be clear of any latches and window fixtures. If you need to reduce the width of the headrail to fit the recess, this should be done BEFORE assembling.

Roman Blind Headrail

B Outside Recess - Decide the position of the headrail so that the overlaps on both sides of the recess are equal. It is advisable to allow a minimum of 5cm (2”) overlap on each end. The headrail shall not be installed less than 1.5m from the floor.

Step 10 - Trimming the headrail

Tool required is a hacksaw.

A Remove the headrail end cover

Sawing Roman Blind Headrail

B Trim the track with a fine hacksaw

C Re-fit the end cover

Step 11 - Positioning the cord guides along the back of the headrail

Note: If you require a left hand draw see point 18 before repositioning the cord guides.

A To position the cord guides push up release catch A, slide to desired position, spaced equally and exactly above a row of loops on the tape.

Locked And Unlocked Bracket

B Lock by pressing the catch back down.

Step 12 - Attaching blind to headrail

Line up the blind/loop tape with the hook tape on the headrail and press firmly to secure the blind in place.

Velcro And Blind Headrail

Step 13 - Cording the blind

For ease of assembling the rail is pre-corded.

A Working vertically from where each cord will drop from the cord guides clip the snap on cord guides onto each row of tape.

Roman Blind Cord Breakaway

B With the Cord Break Away no less than 20cm from the cord pulley and the blind layed flat, work from the blind top, threading the cords down through the rings in the snap on cord guides. Before placing through the last ring on each row, slide on a cord toggle. Loop the cord around the last clip on guide ring and back through the cord toggle.

Note: Do not allow cords to become twisted

With the blind held in a level, vertical position, adjust the cord toggles so that equal tension is held on each and they are level. Then knot to secure.

Step 14 - Fixing the wall support brackets

The brackets are designed for face or top fixing to frame, wall or ceiling.

A Mark through the screw holes the position for the brackets making sure they are level and in line, check with a spirit level.

Roman Blind Bracket

B Leave a gap of at least 2cm between the end brackets and the end of the rail to avoid clashing with the end cover and cord lock. Also make sure the bracket positions will fall between the cord guides. With the brackets removed, drill each bracket screw position using a 6mm drill bit. Fix brackets into place using screws provided, check alignment and level as you go. Use the wall plugs provided for plaster and masonry walls. We recommend for plaster walls a wooden batten be secured first.

Step 15 - Installing the finished roman blind

A Clip the finished roman blind onto brackets by resting the rail on the top arrowed position and pressing back until it rotates and clicks into place.

Attaching Blind Bracket

B To remove the rail depress and release the underneath catch.

Step 16 - Installing the cord cleat

The cleat shall be installed as close to the headrail as possible and in all cases not less than 1.5m from the floor. Cut any access cord and thread on the cord pull supplied. Knot to hold in place. Children can strangle if this safety device is not installed. Always use this device to keep cords or chains out of reach of children.

Blind Cord Safety

Step 17 - Using the cord lock

A To unlock the cords and allow the blind to rise and fall, angle the cord on the left and pull.

Locked And unlocked Cord

B To lock the blind in place, angle the cords to the right and release.

Step 18 - Converting to left hand draw

A Remove the cord lock by unscrewing the retaining screw and sliding from the track with the attached cords.

B Slide and remove the end cover from the left side opposite end of the track.

Screwing Roman Blind Kit

C Slide the cord lock and the end cover into the track at the opposite ends from before. Screw the cord lock into place. Re-dress the cords through the cord guides from left to right. The cords are various lengths, please ensure the longest cord is through the furthest cord guide from the cord lock, and the shortest nearest the cord lock. Make sure the cords do not become twisted as this will inhibit the blinds function.

Step 19 - CBA collector care

A If the cords become detached simply press back into position.

Correct Cord Lock Method

B Do not put the cords back in twisted position and never allow the cords to become twisted when in use.

Child Safety Warning

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 window covering cords. Do not tie cords together. Make sure cords do not twist and create a loop. Cut the cord to suitable length to ensure it can be wound around the cleat several times when your roman blind is both open and closed. Children can strangle if the cleat device is not installed. Always use this device to keep cords out of reach of children.

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