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Our guide to installing a venetian blind

Venetian blinds offer ultimate light control. By adjusting the angle of the horizontal slats you can let as much, or as little, light as you need enter the room. They provide complete privacy when open and closed. This versatility enables Venetian blinds to be used in every room in your home. Although you can raise a Venetian blinds to expose the window glass they are not designed to be used in this way on a regular basis.

Available in a wide range of colours, in aluminium and wood, Venetian blinds are a practical and functional window dressing that can be used in homes and commercial businesses. By angling the slats harsh sunlight can be diverted away from computer screens, while dark rooms can have a boost of natural light when the slats are angled upwards to reflect light off the ceiling.

With so many advantages, and minimal disadvantages, it is little wonder that Venetian blinds remain one of the most popular window dressing options.

Preparation

Clear the area, including the window sill, and use dust sheets to protect the sill and the floor.

Equipment required

• Step Ladder
• Drill
• Drill Bits
• Screws & Raw Plugs
• Pencil
• Tape measure

The fixing brackets and child safety mechanism comes with the blind.

Installation inside the window recess

You have three fixing options: top, face or side fix.

Top fix

The top fix uses the lintel to hold the brackets. Locate the lintel to determine whether it is made of metal, concrete or wood. This is ensure you use the correct type of drill bit. If you are drilling through tiles, as may be the case in bathrooms and kitchens, the correct drill bit is essential to ensure that you don't break the tiles.

Hold the brackets onto the ceiling of the recess and, using a pencil, mark where the screw holes are. Insert the raw plugs and then securely fit the brackets using the screws. Open the hinge of the brackets and slot the head rail into place. Once secure close the hinge fastening.

Face fix

The face fix method uses the window frame itself, rather than the surround. Be aware that screw holes will be made and therefore may sometimes mean that the guarantee becomes invalid; it is wise to check this before you start drilling.
Use the above method to fix the brackets onto the frame.

Side fix

The side fix should only be used if the top or face fix methods aren't an option. Check that you make allowances for protruding handles which may interfere with the blinds operation.
Fit the brackets using the above method, ensuring that you leave a 0.5 cm step away from the recess to get a tight fitting.

Installation outside the window recess

The only fixing option you have available is the face fix if you want the blinds on the outside of the window recess. Be careful that you don't drill too close to the bottom edge of the recess as this may cause wall plaster to break away or crack, making the fixing insecure.

Child safety mechanism

The child safety mechanism should be fitted to the side wall of the recess for top and face fixings and to the outside wall for side fixings. The height of the mechanism is controlled by the length of the blinds' operating cord.

 
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