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Choosing and fitting a blind

Date posted: 28 August 2013

When you put up a blind you not only add to the room's look and feel, but you also gain more privacy and an effective means of adjusting the amount of light flooding in. Here we offer you a basic guide to choosing and fitting blinds in your home, including tips on measuring, trimming and hanging.

Choosing a blind

There are various types of blinds, each with specific characteristics to suit different types of rooms and requirements:

  • Roller blinds are made of fabric, come in a range of sizes, and can also be adjusted to fit your window if necessary. They are easy to operate, with a simple cord to pull to draw the blind up or down. There are a wide variety of plain and patterned designs available in all sorts of colours if you are looking for a window covering that adds to your room's décor. If the blind is for your bedroom, a blackout roller blind provides total darkness at night and better insulation than other options.
  • Venetian blinds offer excellent control over the amount of light that floods into the room, with horizontal strips of material -- usually wood, metal or PVC -- that can be angled to shut out or let in more light. You can angle the strips upwards for a softer light, exclude the light completely by shutting the slats flat, or open them right up to let in plenty of light. They are ideal for rooms that get direct sunlight for long stretches during the day.
  • Vertical blinds, as the name suggests, are made of lots of vertical strips of material, usually fabric, which again can be angled to let in or shut out light. They are one of the most popular types of blinds, and are often seen on large windows and patio doors, with a good choice of fabrics available in different colours.

Deciding where to fit the blind

Blinds can be fitted either inside or outside the window's recess. If you would prefer your blind to sit inside the recess you may have to trim it to fit the exact width. If, however, you choose to hang it outside the recess, you won't need an exact fit – you will just need to make sure you have enough material to cover the window, plus an extra 25mm or more at either side of it to offer good coverage. This also means you won't have to worry about any objects such as ornaments or window handles sticking out too far where the blind drops down. However, if the blind looks far too wide even when placed outside the recess, you may decide to trim it down a bit to make it look right.

Trim the blind

Measure up to find the exact width you want your final blind to be. Allow 40mm for the bracket. Sharp scissors or a craft knife are perfect for cutting the fabric part, but you will need  a hacksaw to cut the roller and the bottom weight bar.

Put up your brackets

Hold your brackets in the place where they will need to be secured, and use a piece of chalk or a pencil to mark the exact spot where the screws need to be located. Check that the blind is going to hang exactly level by using a spirit level, and adjust your marks if necessary. Next, use a hand drill to prepare the holes in the wall, and then a screw driver to screw the brackets securely into place using the screws and raw plugs (which are usually provided with the blind).

Hang the blind

Finally, it's time to hang your blind. Decide which end you would like the pull cord to be, and with the blind and cord fully wound up insert the cord end into the bracket first. Next, place the other end of the blind into the opposite bracket – and once it's secure, use the cord to pull up and draw the blind to make sure the brackets are secure.

And that's it - job done!

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