Corded roman blind kit fitting instructions
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Corded Roman Blind Kit Fitting Instructions
If you have purchased a corded roman blind kit, you will need to follow specific instructions to ensure you fit your new blinds correctly.
You can download the instructions if you wish, but we have also detailed them below:
You will require the following tools:
- 6mm Drill Bit
- Screw Driver
- Hack Saw
NB: We recommend someone competent in DIY perform the installation. Additional fasteners other than those sent with your blind may be needed depending on the mounting surface. Wallboard and plaster may 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 full parts list can be found in the downloadable instructions here: Download Now
1. Know the fabric requirements for your blinds
- Measure the width and drop of your window for a recess fixed headrail. If you have the blind headrail outside the recess you will need to measure the width of the blind headrail and the drop.
- Add these measurements to your finished blinds markings. On wider blinds that are more than a fabrics width wide, join the fabric so the blind will have seams an equal distance from the center. Mark the blind size plus seams with tailors chalk then trim out the size.
2. Sew the side seams
- Working on the back of the fabric, fold the side fabric under 0.5cm and then over 1cm to form a seam and sew down the inner edge. Repeat on the other side.
3. Stitch the loop tape to the top of the blind
- Remove the loop tape from the headrail
- Fold over the top of the fabric 1cm
- Place the loop tape over the fold, leaving a 0.5cm 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
4. Sew the bottom bar pocket
- Fold over and create a 4cm pocket with a turnover of 1cm as shown in the diagram.
- Stitch along the top edge hem/pocket.
5. Mark the tape positions
- Divide the distance between the top and bottom of the blind by 6 and mark at both sides the position.
- With tailor’s chalk draw a faint line across the blind. Note: Ensure the lines are parallel before sewing blind in step 6
6. Sew the pocket tape to the blind
- Rotate the pocket tape so that it is in the upright position with the rear large pocket at the bottom of the tape and the small strip of pockets facing upwards as shown opposite.
- Trim rods and tapes only if required
- Measure and trim the 5 lengths of tape to the blind width plus 1cm (3/8”) at either end for seams.
- 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.
- Sew to the blind with a row of stitching above the pocket area leaving one pocket end open on each to be hemmed later.
7. Insert the roman rods
- Remove cap and trim the roman rods 2cm (3/4”) shorter than the blind width. Replace cap.
- Insert into the open ends of pockets on the blind tape.
- Fold the end of the pocket under 1cm (3/8”) and stitch down the side.
8. Insert 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.
9. Position the headrail
- Please note: Additional fasteners 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.
- Inside the 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. See ‘Trimming the headrail’ instruction.
- Outside the 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 side. The headrail shall not be installed less than 1.5m from the floor.
10. Trim the headrail
- A hacksaw is required to trim the headrail.
- Remove the headrail end cover.
- Trim the track with a fine hacksaw.
- Re-fit the end cover.
11. Position 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.
- 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.
- Lock by pressing the catch back down.
12. Attach the blind to the headrail
- Line up the blind/loop tape with the hook tape on the headrail and press firmly to secure the blind in place.
13. Cord the blind
- For ease of assembling the headrail is pre-corded.
- Working vertically from where each cord will drop from the cord guides, thread the cord through the pocket tape. On the last two rows of pocket tape, insert the CBA snap on cord toggle bases in an upward motion into the pocket tape in line with the cords. Clip on the CBA snap on cord toggle front to each of the bases.
- On the second from last row of CBA snap on cord toggles thread the cord through the toggle loops. Do not tie the cord to this row of snap on cord toggles or allow the cords to become twisted. With the blind held in a level, vertical position, tie the cords to the bottom row of toggle. Adjust knots to the CBA snap on cord toggles so that equal tension is held on each and they are level. Trim any excess cord at a distance of 4cm from the CBA snap on cord toggles.
- Should the cords ever become detached please ensure when replacing that they are aligned vertically and that the CBA snap on cord toggles have equal tension on each and they are level.
14. Fix the wall support brackets
- The brackets are designed for face or top fixing to frame, wall or ceiling.
- Mark through the screw holes the position for the brackets making sure they are level and in line, check with a spirit level.
- Leave a gap of at least 2cm between the end brackets and the end of the headrail to avoid clashing with the end cover and the 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.
15. Install the finished roman blind
- Clip the finished roman blind onto brackets by resting the headrail on the top arrowed position and pressing back until it rotates and clicks into place.
- To remove the headrail depress and release the underneath catch.
16. Installing the cord cleat
- The cleat should 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.
17. Using the cord lock
- To unlock the cords and allow the blind to rise and fall, angle the cord to the left and pull.
- To lock the blind in place, angle the cords to the right and release.
18. Converting to left hand draw
- Remove the cord lock by unscrewing the retaining screw and sliding from the track with the attached cords.
- Slide and remove the end cover from the left side opposite end of the track.
- 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.
19. CBA Split Cord Collector care
- If the split cord collector becomes detached simply press back into the closed position making sure that the number of cords and cord positions correspond to the diagram opposite.
- Do not put the cords back in a twisted position and never allow the cords to become twisted when in use.