Vertical Blinds Installation Guide
Materials & Tools
Each Vertical Blind ordered should include:
• Mounting clips (Number depends on size)
• Mounting brackets (if face fixed)
• Cord tensioner and screw
• Steel measuring tape
• Carpenter’s level
• Power or battery drill and bits
• Flat blade and Phillips head screwdrivers
• 3 screws for each bracket (20mm x 6#Panhead) (Face Fit)
The Vertical Blind may be installed in Reveal (inside the window frame) or Face (outside the window frame), this determines the type of brackets to be used.
The 102mm mounting bracket is used with 127mm blade but may also be used with 100mm blades to extend the vertical blind out from the wall.
The 75mm bracket is normally used with 100mm blades.
The mounting plate is used as an optional extension piece as required.
Reveal Fit (Inside Mount)
The Vertical Blind should be installed into the recess as far as possible, while still allowing sufficient clearance for the slats to rotate freely. Back clearance varies according to the width of the slat.
Optional – Mounting plates may be used to extend the position of the headrail mounting clips to a point outside of the reveal where required (must be ordered).
Bracket / Clip Spacing
Mountings should be within 200mm of the ends of the head channel and not more than 1 metre apart.
Face Fit (Outside Mount)
First measure the track and mark on the face or architrave of the window where to attach the brackets.
Secondly, check the drop (length) of the Vertical Blind and mark the height on the wall or architrave.
Note: SILL – there should be 10mm clearance added to this size to obtain the correct mounting height.
FLOOR – as above however 15mm clearance is required.
Attach the brackets by using (20mm x 6# Panheads) screws supplied. Minimum 3 screws per bracket.
The headrail must be mounted with its top face horizontal. To achieve this, packing pieces can be cut from 25 x 15 x 1.6mm extruded aluminium.
Brick or Rendered Surfaces
Warning: Ensure you drill no closer than 25mm from the edge of these surfaces as you may chip or breakout the brick or render.
Installing the Vertical Track
Check to see what side the control is on before proceeding. Hold track up to the brackets ensuring front edge lip of the track engages into the lip of the bracket, twist up and backwards to snap the track on to the bracket.
Note: Longer tracks will require you to snap each bracket in turn. Where pelmets are required, install brackets before fitting track (refer pelmets – optional). Where pelmet is required fabric insert is not an option.
Attaching the Slats
With the track in a stacked position, ensure the slat carrier hooks are in an open position. This makes it easier to attach slats. Lay your slats over your shoulder. Taking one at a time in turn push each slat into its hook. You should feel it click into position.
Attaching the Chain
If not already attached, attach each clip on to the weight of each slat in turn. Trim off excess.
After the blind has been securely mounted to the window, mount the cord tensioner to the window opening (inside mount) or to the wall (outside mount).
Important: Locate the tensioner as close to the window as possible to minimise accessibility by children and pets. Ensure the device is secured so that the cords are tensioned while still allowing the blind to be operated.
Hook bracket over the back of the track and snap into position.
Reveal: attach brackets before installing track.
Face: brackets can be attached after installing track.
Brackets should be no more than 150mm from each end and no more than 1 metre apart.
If pelmet has not been attached to brackets, rivet to brackets with rivets supplied.
Slide fabric in from one end and trim.
The Chain: Controls the tilting of the Vertical Blind and should be tilted several times to ensure it opens and closes correctly.
The Cord: Traverses the slats clear of the window allowing access for opening a window or cleaning.
Removal of Slats: Gently unhook the slat by lifting up and out of the hook.
Before traversing the blades ensure the slats are tilted (opened) at 90. to the window.
Wand Operation: To open and close the blades simply slide the shaft on the wand. To completely open the blades, use the wand to traverse the slats across the track.
Care & Cleaning
- For the removal of dirt and grime, simply wipe fabric blades with a sponge soaked in lukewarm water and a little mild detergent.
- Dry gently with a clean cloth.
- There can be significant variations between fabrics used in vertical blinds, therefore we recommend that you clean a small area as a test first.