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How To Fit A Roman Blind.

DIY : Decorating

Roman blinds are just about the easiest type to fit, and provided you set about it correctly, you can avoid some common problems which are only apparent after you’ve put them up!

The top of the track is secured to the wall above the window using between two and five plastic blocks {depending on the width of your blind}, and you should click/snap these onto the track – if they’re not already fitted - before you begin.

Note: there is a plastic “tab” on each block which you press to release them again – make sure they’re all pointing downwards, so that they’re easy to access when you need to take the blind down.

The first “trick” is to space them evenly along the track; however – make absolutely sure that none of them will foul the winding mechanism, and try to leave at least 1cm {preferably 2 or 3cm} between each block and the mechanisms on each side. The reason for this will become clear later!

With the plastic blocks in place, open the blind fully and hold it against the wall until the bottom is sitting perfectly level on the window sill, and the blind is sitting centrally in the window frame.

Now – using a pencil – mark the position of each plastic block, and double-check that you haven’t moved the blind while doing this. This step is very important as very few window sills are perfectly level, and you don’t want gaps when the blind is closed.

Once you’re happy with the positioning, remove all the plastic blocks from the rail, and using your pencil marks as a guide, push a bradawl through the hole for the screw into the plasterwork to mark it.

You can now drill holes for each screw and insert rawlplugs, but before screwing the plastic blocks into place, remove the pencil marks with a rubber.

With all the blocks fixed to the wall you can now snap the track onto them by hammering it lightly with the heel of your hand, and {with luck!} when the blind is lowered it will “sit” perfectly.

If not, then the nice thing about Roman blinds is that they’re very easy to adjust, again provided you’ve started out properly.

If the blind is slightly “off” on one side relative to the window frame, then you can simply slide it to the left or right – but ONLY if you’ve allowed a bit of clearance from the winding mechanism at the outset.

If your blind doesn’t sit flush against the window sill when it’s fully closed, luckily you DON’T need to take it all down and start again!

The curtain material is attached to the top rail with Velcro {which also makes it easy to remove for cleaning}, and this can be “peeled” away from the track and adjusted to close up any gap at the bottom.

If – despite doing everything above carefully – there is still a problem with your blind, don’t despair! Take a look at the back of your blind, and you’ll notice either 3 or 5 cotton tapes which hold the blind together.

By untying one or more of these tapes at the bottom you can make further adjustments to even out any gaps at the sill, or straighten out any creases in the material.

By: John Hughes

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