Putting roller blinds on your windows is a quick and affordable way to give any room privacy and shade.  Here are some tips on fitting a roller blind, including: measuring the width, installing the brackets and adjusting the blinds.

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Below are 3 tips on fitting a roller blind:

Measuring the Width
If you want to hang the blind inside the window frame, measure the width of the blind including the mounting brackets. Allow 5 mm extra space at each side of the frame so you can fit the brackets easily.
Decide whether you want to fit the chain of the roller blind on the left or right side. After marking out the position, fix the brackets inside or onto the window frame. The bracket with a protruding pin, hex-head fitting or groove is usually the side with the chain mechanism. Check first if this is the case, as it can differ from one brand to another. Source: DIY4Beginners

Installing the Brackets
So let’s get started. Firstly, offer up the blind to the window – it’s very important you fit the brackets as accurately as possible to ensure a snug fit.
You will have already decided whether to fit your blinds to the inside or outside of the window recess.
To fit outside the recess, position your brackets here
To fit inside the recess, you can choose whether to top fix into the lintel or face fix into your window frame.
To top fix, position your brackets here (recommended for uPVC windows). Make sure you allow enough clearance for any objects that could obstruct the blind, like window handles. Do this by measuring how far the handle sticks out, and make the same allowance when fitting your brackets.
To face fix position your brackets here (recommended for wooden window frames).
Fit the brackets into each end of your blind. Now position your blind at your window, using the brackets to mark where the holes should go. Don’t forget to position your blind correctly, depending on whether you are top fixing or face fixing your blind!
Now drill or screw into position, using rawl plugs where necessary. Source: Web-Blinds

Adjusting the Blinds
If you’re lucky, the blind will fit exactly. If the blind you have purchased is too long or wide, you can cut the roller and the blind to fit.

  • Measure the distance between the brackets, then deduct the amount stated on the instructions supplied.
  • Unroll the blind. Mark and cut the roller and the lath (the strip of wood or metal at the bottom) using a hacksaw.
  • Mark and cut the blind with sharp scissors.
  • Push the end plug and side control into the ends of the roller (making sure they are on the correct sides), then slot the blind into the brackets.
  • Finish up. Slide the blind into place on the brackets. Check that it is sitting straight and that the length is good. Pull the blind up and down to check that the cord or other mechanism is working properly. Tidy up any loose ends, such as a cord that is dangling down too low (these can usually be adjusted using the little snaps that are already fitted on them). Source: wikiHow

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